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Donald Trump's Misleading Statements

Why Donald Trump's Recent Conflicting Statements are Hurtful to the American People

 When President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki Finland, the main question everyone wanted to be answered was "Did Russia interfere in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election?". Even though Putin expressed that he would have preferred for Trump to win over Clinton, Donald Trump stated that he did not believe that Putin interfered, and said that he couldn't think of a reason for Putin to have interfered. After criticism from the public and media, he later backtracked on his statement saying that he meant to say the opposite. This, to many people, seemed insincere and a backup statement so that he would stop facing criticism.

 The problem with his statement in Helsinki and his backtracking afterward is how the American people consume the media. We live in an age of rapid-fire news stories and headlines. If people see that he said couldn't but didn't see the statements saying he meant to say could, could mislead the American people. Many news organizations will release a followup, separate story instead of revising the original. This increases the probability that they will not see the followup as well.

 What do you think of Donald Trump's conflicting statements recently? As much as this Blog is me putting in my two cents, I also want to know where you stand on the issue.


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