President Donald Trump has only occupied the White House for little over two months and inexplicably, he's already managed to be involved in an FBI probe and a series of scandals concerning wild accusations regarding his predecessor.
However, no matter how many times Trump's claims get dissected and shot down by officials, he continues to stand by them — unapologetically.
In a TIME magazine interview published Thursday, the president again stood by some of his most controversial claims. And believe it or not, he did not seem to mind that some of the accusations he makes are often just “hints,” as opposed to issues brought up by intelligence.
"I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” he told the publication. “Hey, look, in the meantime, I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not," he added.
When discussing his debunked wiretap claim against President Barack Obama, Trump seemed unrepentant about his comments.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
“When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance," he told the publication.
Still, the White House hasn't been able to back these claims, and FBI Director James Comey has already denied Trump's allegations.
Yet on Wednesday, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes told the press during a news conference that communications between Trump or his associates and foreign nationals — who may have been under surveillance — might have been picked up after the election.
Since these foreign nationals were actually being targeted, intelligence agencies may have been able to collect information on certain conversations involving Trump's team and then leaked it to the press, further proving that the president and his associates were never the target of the surveillance program — foreigners were. Still, the president didn't back down.
“Just today I heard, just a little while ago, that [Nunes] had a news conference, did you hear about this, where they have a lot of information on tapping. … so that means I'm right, Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been ... incidental collection.”
But Mr. President, incidental collection does not mean Obama actually targeted you!
If by Obama you mean others & by October you mean other months & by wiretapping you mean incidental collection then yes Trump's vindicated— Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 22, 2017
Regardless of whether the president will ever admit to it, it's important to note that the April 3 issue of TIME carrying the Trump interview speaks volumes simply because of its cover.
The “Is Truth Dead?” cover is eerily similar to the April 8, 1966, “Is God Dead?” cover — and that's by design.
Paying a “typographical homage” to the 1966 issue, this year's cover symbolizes the end of an era, TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs says.
“Half a century later," she wrote, “I suspect that about as many would say they believe in Truth, and yet we find ourselves having an intense debate over its role and power in the face of a President [sic] who treats it like a toy."
Wow. Something tells us “Teflon Don” won't be that bothered by this thorny and pretty direct attack. After all, he just gave an entire interview that shows he still has a hard time admitting his words didn't match facts, and yet, he walked out of it completely unfazed.
Will he ever admit his wiretapping claims weren't all that dead on?
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