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Trump's Apology to His Family After His Acquittal Is Really Something

President Trump delivers remarks after his acquittal (White House Flickr)

There were two moments during President Donald Trump’s post-acquittal televised thank-you confab where he showed a little less of his public bravado and a little more vulnerability and humanity.

One vulnerable moment had to do with firing FBI Director Jim Comey and the other had to do with thanking his family.

Trump said that his entire family was in attendance – “Ivanka’s here and all my sons, even Barron!”

And he had a message for them: I’m sorry.

“I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people.”

And then he asked his daughter Ivanka and wife Melania to come up and get a hug.

He thanked his whole family for “sticking through it” because “this was not part of the deal.” He told his family that endless investigations and political attacks weren’t what he had in mind when he ran for public office.

I just want to thank my family for sticking through it. This was not part of the deal. I thought I was just going to run for president and if I won I was going to do a great job. I didn’t know that I was going to run and when I got in I’d have to run again and again and every week run again. That wasn’t part of the deal but they stuck with me. And I’m so glad I did it because we are making progress and doing things for our great people that everybody said couldn’t be done. Our country is thriving. Our country is just respected again. It’s an honor to be with the people in this room.

And then he and Melania walked out of the East Room to someone playing “God Bless America” on the piano.