Donald Trump recently met with the secretary general of NATO, where he urged journalists to dig into the “oranges” of the Mueller investigation.
Trump reiterated that the findings of the report “exonerated” him of any alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential elections (even though the report says that, though he has been cleared, he was not exonerated).
Talking to secretary general Jens Stoltenburg about the results, he had said: “I hope that this investigation now, which is finished - it’s totally finished, no collusion, no obstruction - I hope they now go and take a look at the oranges, the oranges of the investigation.”
The US president went on to clarify what he meant by "oranges".
I hope they now take a look at the oranges… the oranges of the investigation. The beginnings of that investigation. You look at the orange of the investigation; where it started, how it started, who started it, whether it’s McCabe or Comey or a lot of them.
Where does it go? How high up in the White House did it go? You will all get Pulitzer Prizes, OK? You can all get Pulitzer Prizes.
Trump said he was “disappointed” that journalists hadn’t “looked at” the Mueller report, adding that he wished journalists had reported on the “oranges” of the investigation.
The Mueller report, I wish, covered the oranges… how it started. The beginnings of the investigation. How it started.
We’re assuming he meant "origins".
Others are seeing this latest semantic mistake as a drop in the ocean for Trump this week.
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