What Trump Meant When He Said 'Everyone' Was Talking About John Podesta
On Friday, President Donald Trump caused a storm by tweeting that "everyone" at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany was "talking about ... John Podesta." Podesta served as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, and like Clinton herself he has inconvenient ties to Russia.
"Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!" the president tweeted.
While based in current events, Trump's statement was nonetheless problematic.
Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), shot back with an acerbic Twitter response. She ran through three points: "Podesta never ran the DNC," "DNC worked with FBI to kick out Russians. Worked with DHS," and "Putin make you tweet this before mtg?"
Watson's response was clever, but Putin wouldn't have suggested such a thing, even if there was any trace of proof to suggest he was pulling Trump's strings.
While Podesta never ran the DNC, The Washington Times reported that federal officials have not acquired the DNC's hacked computer server — only cybersecurity specialists from CrowdStrike, which the DNC hired to investigate the hack, have done so.
CrowdStrike has blamed Russia for the hack, and some critics say the evidence is thin. Members of Congress said they accept Russia's responsibility, but wonder why the DNC has not allowed federal investigators to look at the server, a key piece of evidence in the case.
So if Podesta was not connected to the DNC server scandal, why would people at G-20 be talking about him?