CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash reacts to President Trump's statement clarifying remarks at yesterday's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
DANA BASH, CNN: If only that entire spectacle, unbelievably historically embarrassing spectacle could have been and could be fixed with an 'n,' an 'apostrophe' and a 't.' I mean that is about as far of a stretch as any one of us could imagine. I guess he gets points for being creative there. Maybe that was the one sentence that could have been different, but what about calling Vladimir Putin strong and tough? What about not calling him out on the world stage never mind interfering in American elections, calling him out on Crimea, calling him out on the poisoning of somebody in Britain and the list goes on and on and on. I mean, that was one sentence that they're trying -- that he is trying to clarify. Okay. That's fine. That's all well and good.
I can't believe I am going to say this but what he just did almost makes what happened yesterday worse. Almost makes it worse because this is so not who he is. He is Mr. Double Down, Triple Down. And he's reading from a paper that who knows who wrote for him as Gloria and I were texting during this, maybe the entire White House got together to write for him.
He was trying very hard to go along with this damage control that he was told he needed to do, but saying that it was because he didn't say wouldn't and said would never mind all the things -- all the other things he said and more importantly all the other things he didn't say that he should have to and about Vladimir Putin.