Donald Trump, skilled at somehow retaining even a scattering of support despite a disastrous, widely criticised presidency bursting with too many scandals to keep up with, is apparently less of an expert when it comes to grammar.
His latest excuse puts the others to shame in its sheer audacity, claiming that his "treasonous" comment that Russia had "no reason" to be involved in election meddling was just a big old silly mix-up.
His excuse? A tricky double negative. Instead of saying "I don’t see any reason why it would be" Russia, he explained he was meant to say:
The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why... it wouldn’t be Russia’
Apparently satisfied with this excuse, Trump declared to a baffled crowed that "that probably clarifies things".
Not really, no. Unless it means that all this time, Trump has been getting his words mixed up and is actually a liberal President desperately trying to convince us to 'not build a wall', 'keep Hillary Clinton away from jail' and that 'America is actually fine as it is, thanks'.
It's almost funny, watching Trump look like a teenager scrambling to make homework excuse, until you remember he's one of the most powerful men in the world who was either accidentally defeated by the English language, a bare-faced liar or - possibly - both.