President Donald Trump suddenly can’t remember a meeting with his foreign policy team that has become key in the Bob Mueller Russia investigation after touting his recollection as “one of the great memories of all time.”
On Monday, Mueller’s team unsealed the guilty plea of former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who repeatedly pushed for a meeting between campaign officials and Russian officials, including a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It was later revealed that Trump listened attentively to Papadopoulos’ proposal, before then-Sen. Jeff Sessions shut down the idea, worrying it might “leak.”
Trump was asked by the White House press pool about the meeting Friday, and his “great” memory surprisingly faltered.
“I don’t remember much about that meeting,” Trump said. “It was a very unimportant meeting. It took place a long time ago. Don’t remember much about it.”
Trump then played “hey, look over there!”
“All I can tell you is this — there was no collusion,” Trump insisted. “There was no nothing. It’s a disgrace frankly that they continue. You ought to look at Hillary Clinton and you ought to look at the new book that was just put out by Donna Brazile where she basically bought the DNC and she stole the election from Bernie. That’s what you ought to look at.”
Pres. Trump: "All I can tell you is this: There was no collusion, there was no nothing. It's a disgrace, frankly, that they continue." pic.twitter.com/yIjWmE8KTG
— ABC News (@ABC) November 3, 2017
The meeting in question was a national security meeting in Washington with Trump and his foreign policy advisers, led by Sessions.
According to court documents, Papadopoulos introduced himself to the group and cited his Russian connections to propose setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin.
According to a national security adviser who was present at the meeting, Trump listened attentively to the proposal.
“He heard him out,” former campaign adviser JD Gordon told CNN.
Just a week ago, Trump bragged that he had “one of the great memories of all time.”
He has said similar things before, but seems to suffer from selective amnesia when he’s asked to remember things that may implicate him.
At a 2012 deposition in a lawsuit against Trump University, the president claimed “I don’t remember” on 24 separate occasions.
At another deposition at another lawsuit against Trump University last year, Trump uttered, “I don’t remember” 35 separate times.
During the deposition, Jason Forge, an attorney for the plaintiffs, noted that Trump previously said he had “one of the best memories in the world.”
“I don’t know. Did I use that expression?” Trump asked, according to the transcript. “Did I say I have a great memory or one of the best in the world?”
Forge quoted Trump as saying he had “one of the best in the world.”
“I don’t remember saying that,” Trump replied. “As good as my memory is, I don’t remember that, but I have a good memory.”
“So you don’t remember saying that you have one of the best memories in the world?” Forge asked.
“I don’t remember that. I remember you telling me, but I don’t know that I said it,” Trump answered.