OTHERS SAY: What a president would say

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Here is how President Trump responded to the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought charges against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort’s deputy and a foreign policy aide on Trump’s campaign:

“Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????? … Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

Here is what a presidential president might have said:

“I will not deny that the charges made public today by Mr. Mueller are serious. Mr. Manafort and his deputy and business associate Richard Gates have pled not guilty and deserve the legal presumption of innocence foundational to our justice system. However, if the allegations of money laundering and tax evasion prove to be true, then all Americans — including myself and my supporters — should be troubled by the conduct of Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates. I am particularly disturbed that this money laundering may have continued through the period during which he worked for my campaign. Though I had no involvement in Mr. Manafort’s alleged activities, I decided to hire him and must take full responsibility for my poor choice of staff.

“I am also disturbed by the news that my former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, has pled guilty to the charge of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“For that reason, I recognize that the special counsel must be allowed to continue his probe without interference, and I pledge my administration’s full and open cooperation with both Mr. Mueller and the ongoing congressional investigations into possible Russian meddling in the election. . . .”