Ignoring his record, Trump pretends to know 'nothing' about WikiLeaks (MSNBC.com link): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody today in London, where he was wanted for skipping bail in 2012. He'll likely face criminal charges in the United States, and the Justice Department has already charged Assange with computer hacking crimes.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he knows "nothing about WikiLeaks" hours after the arrest of the organization's founder, Julian Assange, and two-and-a-half years after he frequently cited its information dumps about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
"I know nothing about WikiLeaks," Trump told reporters at the White House, where he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "It's not my thing." That the American president was able to say this with a straight face was unsettling -- because he does know WikiLeaks, and throughout his 2016 campaign, it was very much his thing.
There's a reason Trump's denial today was literally unbelievable. This was, however, very much in line with the president's style. As regular readers know, whenever anyone in Trump’s orbit runs into trouble, the White House turns to the first page in its playbook: pretend the president doesn’t know the people or entities he obviously knows.
It's a foolish and unpersuasive game, but it's clearly one of Trump's favorites. The Republican's opinions on nearly everything are guided by their utility to him personally.