Editorial: We Believe Donald Trump When He Says He Misspoke

On Tuesday Donald Trump said he took Vladimir Putin at his word when he assured him that Russia had played no part in meddling in US elections, despite US intelligence findings to the contrary.

Yesterday, Mr Trump claimed he had misspoken. Instead of saying “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia” he actually meant, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia”.

We believe him. Despite the predictable outrage from the world’s media saying he is lying and calling for his head, we believe him. It was an honest mistake; a simple mixing up of words that all of us are prone to make from time to time. We believe that Donald Trump has the interests of the American people at heart and accepts that Russia, and its government, played an important role in disrupting the 2016 election.

As President of the United States of America, Mr Trump should be treated with more respect. The media has been too quick to assume he is lying when this is clearly nothing more than a case of human error. We hope this is the end of this particular outrage and Donald Trump can be left to lead America with honesty and skill, as he has done to date.

*Correction: When we said ‘We believe him’, we meant ‘We don’t believe him’. Sorry. [Ed].

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