President Trump is a believer in the power of denial. Whenever it serves his purpose, he is willing to put aside doubt and accept the denials of those who have been accused of wrong doing. He, himself, of course, has denied numerous accusations concerning his own personal conduct.
He has steadfastly accepted the denials of Vladimir Putin, accused of meddling in the 2016 election, despite overwhelming evidence provided by our own intelligence agencies. He has willingly accepted denials from Judge Roy Moore, and more recently, Brett Kavanaugh, both of whom were accused of sexual impropriety. He also was willing to accept the denial of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, accused by two ex-wives of domestic abuse. Now he is accepting the denials of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who is claiming that neither he, or his surrogates, have anything to do with the disappearance of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
In Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Trump gives the following advice to a friend who had admitted inappropriate sexual behavior: “You’ve got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made.”
James Carr, Celina