WaPo’s Rucker: Report on Trump Dictating Russian Meeting Response Is ‘Real News, It’s Not Fake News’
RUCKER: "Well, Mika, it’s real news. It’s not fake news. It’s based on pretty exhaustive reporting that my colleagues and I did with a number of advisers from a number of walks of life who are involved in this in different ways. So we’re very confident in our reporting and in our sourcing. I don’t know what went through the President’s mind at the time. I can only say that he personally intervened. There were advisers advocating this more transparent and more complete response that we get at the facts of the meeting and the President wanted to be incomplete. He wanted to be purposefully misleading and that’s what the initial statement was. And when Air Force One landed that evening in Washington, everyone involved in this decision knew that they’d have to be dealing with this story for many days to come."