A response to the fallout

There was a huddle. They had a huddle to try to fix it. Even John Bolton was in the huddle.

Top national security officials had huddled in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday to develop a response to the fallout. The meeting resulted in a determination that Trump would need to clarify his remarks. Top officials, including national security adviser John Bolton, were involved in crafting the statement that Trump delivered from the Cabinet Room.

The President made some of his own additions to what his aides prepared; he scrawled in black marker that “THERE WAS NO COLLUSION” on one page.

And “GUY IN BASEMUNT” on another.

Earlier Tuesday, the President had offered a defiant rebuke of his critics, writing on Twitter:

“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.”

“Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” he proclaimed.

Thus undercutting his own attempt at a walk-back later in the day. Whatevs.

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