Trump misspoke in Helsinki

July 18, 2018 |

President Trump says he misspoke when he said in Helsinki that he didn’t see any reason why Russia would be behind US election meddling, and that he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would.”  This is historic, since I don’t know if Trump has ever publicly admitted to getting something wrong before.  But I’m glad he is doing something to clean up the mess from that press conference rather than doubling-down to defend it.

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I’m sure his opponents will continue ranting and railing that it’s not good enough, but Trump has always been extremely fortunate in having the enemies that he does.  There is nothing he says or does that is too trifling or normal for the anti-Trump “Resistance” crowd not to react as if someone set off a string of firecrackers in their shorts.



During a time when he admittedly invited criticism with his comments, the news was almost immediately taken over by his hysterical critics screeching “TREASON! IMPEACHMENT!,” suggesting he’s a Russian spy (or that there was one in the Oval Office:  https://www.mediaite.com/online/wrong-reporter-deletes-tweet-claiming-russian-spy-was-in-oval-office-with-trump/ ), deliberately conflating the hacking of the DNC with unproved allegations of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia, wailing that the hacking of the DNC’s server was comparable to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor (note: we didn’t keep using the Pearl Harbor base or the World Trade Center for another month as if nothing had happened), or even calling on the US military to stage a coup (there’s a first, liberals pining for a military dictatorship).  Some conservative pundits are saying that they couldn't just let Trump stumble, they had to deflect attention from his own misstep by "burying it in crazy." 

If the left wonders why this latest outrage barrage is likely to fizzle with Trump voters (even those who weren’t pleased with the press conference), then they need to turn off MSNBC for a few minutes and go read, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”  We’re closing in on nearly two years of daily hair-pulling hysteria over everything Trump says and does, and yet, somehow, to most people, the world seems better than it was on Election Day.  The economy is booming, ISIS has been crushed, international threats such as North Korea are abating, unemployment is at historically low levels...and yet to listen to them, every day is “THE END OF THE WORLD!!!”  It’s like having a neighbor who likes death metal and refuses to turn down his stereo.  After a while, no matter how annoying it is, you learn how to tune it out.

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Incidentally, for all the blasts at Trump for having a big ego and thinking he knows it all, can anyone cite even one incident of Obama admitting he got something wrong?  I considered his Administration to be eight years of consecutive wrong decisions, from hamstringing the economy with onerous regulations that kept what should’ve been a two-year recession dragging on for eight; to weaponizing federal agencies and unconstitutionally legislating via executive orders; to underestimating ISIS, capitulating to Putin, dissing Israel, funding Iran’s mullahs while ignoring its reformers, backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other tragically wrongheaded foreign policy moves that resulted in the deaths, torture and enslavement of countless people.  Even the Russian attempts to interfere in the election happened on his watch.  But has anyone heard a “Sorry, my bad” from him?  If the left wants us all to believe that Trump is the only unapologetic egotist ever to occupy the Oval Office, then they’re going to have to make sure that Obamacare covers lobotomies for everyone. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/17/trump-says-misspoke-on-russian-meddling-during-press-conference-accepts-us-intel-findings.html

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  • Anne Brasino

    07/25/2018 02:59 PM

    Let's start investigating & exposting all the pedofiles who are in government endangering our children as well as living off tax payer dollars. Nothing could be worse than this. Let's get this done before the election. The bias against Trump is nothing compared to the swamp stealing our tax payer dollars as well as the children who have been used & abused by people who need to be removed and/or prosecuted.

  • Nancy Reed

    07/22/2018 12:36 PM

    What is the definition of "is" is. I want you to listen to me, I never had sex with THAT woman! Give the guy a break. He Is much better than the last 4..he is working 24/7 to try and undo the crap in Fed Gov't.

  • Debra Schmidt

    07/21/2018 11:31 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee! I love your commentaries! May people wake up and see the lies of the media.

  • Donna Swanson

    07/20/2018 04:07 PM

    I think President Trump is smarter than we think. I think he & his team r up to doing good things but you dont want to let your enemies know what your plans are even though they are good. Think President Trump glad of all this media coverage to distract from very important things being done in order to reveal corruption and get it out of Govt. Keep up the good work. God bless you

  • Darrell Hover

    07/20/2018 02:23 PM

    Why has no one said... "We need to be friends with Russia"?

    I'm not saying to trust Russia 100 percent. I understand there are issues with our elections, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, and more. Calling President Putin a liar on national television, would have stirred the liberal media even worse than a misspoken word, not to mention what that would have done to our relationship with Russia.

    The question posed to Trump was designed to trap him…

    Mark 12:13-17. Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him. (NIV)

    Trump should have amazed him instead of letting himself get trapped. The USA and Russia have a joint interest in the International Space Station. We need to make Russia an ally and not consider them as all evil. They certainly paid the ultimate price to help defeat Germany during the WWII era, the deadliest military conflict in history, when over 20 million USSR soldiers and civilians lost their lives.

    I think the President should tell the liberal media "We should be and need to be friends with Russia". The liberal media is stirring the pot so, it looks like they are the ones who are committing treason! Keep in mind, a nuclear war with anyone is suicide for each country.

  • Audrey Enzor

    07/20/2018 12:59 PM

    Why is it I've not heard anyone say 'IF Hillary had followed protocol and used a secure server, we would not be having a conversation today about Russian hacking'?
    After all this is what the intelligence community has always done; we spy on them, they spy on us-all countries do it! AE

  • Kevin Cook

    07/19/2018 11:24 PM

    Let’s add one more Hussein act that is truly treasonous and that is his giving pallets of cash and billions to the number one state sponsor of terror who screams death to America!

  • Karen Biel

    07/19/2018 07:51 PM

    Mike, That was my exact thought when they were blasting President Trump for not standing by his intelligence department. Look at all the damage they have done to him or tried to do. The lies, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, Brennan, Comey, and all the others. So wouldn't was probably correct.

    Also on another note. I think it is interesting how the Democrats are so up in arms that the children haven't all been reunited with their parents on the borders. They are so concerned for them. Give me a break. They are pro abortion. What about all those millions of babies separated from their parents never to be returned to them. I sure don't see them concerned about them at all. Such hypocrisy.

  • leah steuer

    07/19/2018 07:02 PM

    I THINK THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE AN OPEN MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC APOLOGIZING FOR HIS SERIOUS BLUNDER AND ASKING THE PUBLIC TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND. HE MUST KEEP HIS EGO OUT OF IT AND PROMISE TO NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. THE DEMS WILL JUMP AT THE FRESH MEAT THAT HE JUST SERVED THEM.

  • Kathy Dixon

    07/19/2018 05:43 PM

    a democrat says something outlandish and corrects and a republican response would be "I take them at their word"
    a republican says something outlandish and corrects and a democrat response would be "I don't believe them for a minute, it's all a lie"

    go figure

  • Jane Huff

    07/19/2018 11:18 AM

    This may seem a disconnect, but please keep reading. I was watching Chris Wallace interview Putin. I heard Chris ask -"Do you have something on the President." I was appalled, angry and about to shut off Fox News. How dare such a question be asked about the President of the United States! I had recorded the session and went back to that portion of the interview. What was said is that there are various theories and one theory is - " you have something on the President!" President Trump went back over the film of his press conference with Putin before he realized he mis-spoke. Difference is - you believe me. Sad!


  • Mary Westcott

    07/19/2018 09:38 AM

    The fact that Republicans voiced concern over the President's remark on Russia is a sign of healthy dialog, although the way some Republicans expressed themselves was not helpful to the party. How much better it would have been if they had stated their opinion, and called for clarification on the troubling sentence spoken by the President at the press conference, rather than bashing the President. Regarding the way Democrats rant, and their efforts to bring down a duly elected president, I refer to remarks by Daniel Greenfield from "The Second Civil War": "When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war."

  • Judy Collier

    07/19/2018 08:17 AM

    They claim the president colluded with the Russian government....but, why do the Democrats insist on giving the illegal immigrants the right to vote, isn't that a form of interfering with the United States elections? Isn't that colluding with a group of people that will impact the outcome of our elections?? Am I missing something here?? President Donald J. Trump is an outstanding president and we surely needed someone who knows how to work and get the job done. God Bless Donald J. Trump!!

  • Clara Todd

    07/19/2018 08:03 AM

    The silent majority will be voting in November. Anyone in their right mind would not vote for a democrat. They are way off the hook. I want to say, also, that I live in the inner city and I live near a multi-dwelling that is pact with men ages 21-39 years of age. They use to hang out on the front porch all day long and sell drugs. Now it is quiet at night (except for the weekends) and quiet in the morning until 4 or 5:00 p.m. Thanks to President Trump, they are all working! Thanks to you for your commentaries; they give me hope for a brighter future.

  • Patricia Reynolds

    07/18/2018 09:17 PM

    I have no doubt that Russia attempt to influence the election. I'm convinced they have tried to influence all elections to prevent conservatives from getting in office. I am equally convinced that it has never worked but they will keep trying. Now, all the hypocrites who have either participated in the USA meddling in foreign elections or been happy about the outcome of those elections, it's time to shut up about Russia.

    The reality is that we all know it's going on and the majority of people are no paying attention to those influences because we see it for the liberal trash it is.

  • Linda Pence

    07/18/2018 08:24 PM

    I enjoy your take on things, and I can always find something to ponder on, and sometimes I laugh out loud. Tonight your statement about "a string of firecrackers going off in their pants" did make me laugh out loud. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving me something to smile about. GOD bless you and your family always. P.S. Love Sarah too

  • Linda Radosevich

    07/18/2018 08:11 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, thank YOU for being the calm in the midst of the leftist storm! After reading and hearing multiple rantings of the left until I think my head will explode, your newsletter is a source of common-sense, factual, and humorous information. Thanks!

  • Shauna Dickerson

    07/18/2018 07:01 PM

    Love to read your comments, always. It seems to me I remember Trump recanting some things he's said or done before, because I remember thinking, Boy Obama Never - Ever even barely indicated that he might have done something to apologize for..

  • Elizabeth Kuester

    07/18/2018 04:29 PM

    We need some humor like this to offset the apocalyptic hysteria! Love the line about the fire crackers!! Thanks for making me smile :)

  • philip crane

    07/18/2018 04:02 PM

    Governor...... DOJ is not complying with congress, the entire left are calling Trump more and more names...even mentioning "treason", an ignorant Tennessee congressman thinks military medals come cheap and now is calling for a "military coup" a'la third-world status. Bad people are being fired for their involvement in cover-ups and sedition.....yet NO ONE is being prosecuted and jailed for breaking federal laws.
    It's time for Trump to act like a president. First....call for air time on TV for an announcement (the left will take the bait thinking he's going to resign...but he's not). Then take a page out of the Movie "6 Days in May"....where the president (Fredrick March) tells of the dangers that are happening in this nation and we are at risk of losing it. Then says it will not happen on his watch
    Finally.....fire all the people that are left, including Mueller, at this subversive attempt to wrest control of the government illegally. The country won't let anyone touch him afterwards.

  • Sharon Craft

    07/18/2018 03:49 PM

    There is so much to say on this topic but I will limit myself to the most glaring. The FBI and Justice Departments have both been so dishonest and have actively worked to harm our elected government officials; I do not understand why several of their employees are not under indictment for treason. I have no respect or faith in what they say, why should the President? I wonder who is really performing their duties???

  • Deborah Myers

    07/18/2018 03:34 PM

    I just watched the White House Press Conference and just want to tell you what a wonderful person Sarah is. She is such a smart and classy woman and I am very impressed with her strength and knowledge. I admire her more every time I see her. You must be very proud.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    07/18/2018 03:20 PM

    I've also heard media types claim that President Trump's "mis-statement" was the biggest catastrophe in human history, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. Does anyone remember back in the Ford administration, when President Ford claimed that Eastern Europe was NOT dominated by the Soviet Union? I think it was back in 1974 (or 1975? - during the presidential debates, I think?). Anyway, I was a freshman in High School, and even I knew then what the "Warsaw Pact" was. (Okay, back then, my main hobby was building plastic model kits of navy ships, airplanes, etc., and I was also reading history books about what I was building models of, and so I knew more than most of my friends about world affairs.) I remember having dinner with my Mom and Dad (Mom had made a wonderful baked chicken dinner), and the TV was on in the living room. I remember Ford stating that Europe was not under Soviet domination, and I was astonished! I turned around in my chair and stared at the TV in the living room and thought, "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!?" As a high school freshman, I knew better than that! Then, also astonished, the moderator tried to ask Ford if he really meant what he said, and he doubled-down and defended what he said. Great moments in history!

  • Denise A Wright

    07/18/2018 03:00 PM

    Governor Huckabee what you said..."There is nothing he (President Trump) says or does that is too trifling or normal for the anti-Trump “Resistance” crowd not to react as if someone set off a string of firecrackers in their shorts." is too funny! And sadly, true. My husband said several months ago the anti-Trump Resistance rebels would attack him viciously if he even burped incorrectly. Nuts!
    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

  • Dana Tebbs Eyraud

    07/18/2018 01:56 PM

    WHO really misspoke for our great country this past week? While the far left and fake news talk endlessly about a few misspoken grammatical mistakes made by President Trump this past week... Did anyone watch the almost treasonous sounding speech given by ex-President Obama in Johannesburg yesterday? Obama eloquently spoke from his teleprompter to hundreds of thousands of South African people while cleverly alluding to President Trump and his administration as a bunch of strong arm liars who seek to undermine democracy. To hear Obama tell it... the sky is falling and the world is coming to an end, since he left office! I want to know... based on what I heard coming out of Obama's mouth yesterday... when will our justice system get involved and tell this ex-President to shut up? Obama is HURTING our country with his slanderous sounding words. Obama is still at it. He's still trying to stoke the cold embers of his failed Presidency with the heated spittle of his red hot lies. Obama is an EX US President NOT the king of the world. Obama does not speak for our country. He is no longer our President. As such, he needs to STOP giving speeches that seek to destroy the world's trust in our current leadership, our great country and shut up.