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The [Monday] Papers

Politico's Playbook on the extraordinary press conference that took place in Helsinki this morning after Donald Trump's extraordinary personal meeting with Vladimir Putin:

ON MEDDLING ... AP'S JONATHAN LEMIRE got the last question: "Who do you believe," the U.S. intelligence community or Russia? And can you warn Putin to not meddle again?

TRUMP: "All I can do is ask the question. My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others. They said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be . . . I have confidence in both parties."


But I can't help but notice that Lemire violated a fundamental rule of interviewing - particularly in press conferences - that we see violated again and again by our most elitely positioned reporters:

Don't ask more than one question at a time!

Doing so allows the subject being questioned to pick which question they want to answer - usually it's the last (and least consequentional) one - or to just muddle the picture in part by conflating the questions to their advantage.


Journos all over Twitter are congratulating Lemire (and Jeff Mason, the other American reporter allowed to participate) for having the courage to ask "tough" questions.

I'd say the bar is pretty damn low if we think the most obvious and pressing questions are also the "toughest" questions that take courage to ask. My god.

But it just goes to show how rarely that actually happens.


Trump just couldn't help making a hash of it anyway. Here's his full answer:


At least one Republican member of Illinois' congressional delegation hasn't (completely) lost their mind:


On the "Pakistani gentleman" mentioned by Trump:


As far as the DNC server goes, it's being looked at by top men.


No, seriously, this DNC server business is pure bunk just like everything else that comes out of Trump's mouth. Most disheartening, though, is that 40 percent of the American public believes this crap. How do we overcome that?


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