Has it gone unnoticed that Donald Trump has exonerated the nefarious "deep state" from conspiring against his presidency?
From that one tweet we cannot know with precision Trump's definition of "many." But the drift of his tweet is, unmistakably, that actual leaks aren't the problem; the real problem is the media who simply make stuff up. That is Trump's opinion in Trump's own words. He did, however, then proceed quite helpfully in defining "many."
Here, many now means all — or again, such is his drift, and in this instance his drift is more precision than driftiness. Those sources don't exist is a direct statement of all-inclusiveness. Therefore fake news is not the co-enemy (along with the deep state); fake news is the singular enemy. In sum, the deep state is entirely off the hook.
Trump is merely being Trump, though, which of course means that Trump is lying. His tweets are only for the benefit of his boob-base, which will eagerly swallow whatever contradiction he throws at it. As you know, Trump has a long history of defaming the U.S. intelligence community (significant parts of which constitute the nefarious "deep state). And his defamation has turned to paranoia — which is the thumping contradiction of his recent, deep-state-exonerating tweets.
"Two White House officials," reports Politico, "said Trump and some aides including Steve Bannon are becoming increasingly convinced that they are victims of a conspiracy against Trump's presidency, as evidenced by the number of leaks flowing out of government — that the crusade by the so-called 'deep state' is a legitimate threat, not just fodder for right wing defenders."
In the coming days Trump & Associates will, no doubt, again frog-walk this conspiracy as the principal if not singular enemy — thus utterly contradicting his tweets of the last 24 hours. But because Trump is Trump, the fake news media will also be fingered by him as the principal if not singular enemy.
One day the leaks will be completely "made up" by the nefarious press, and the next day the leaks will spring only from the nefarious deep state. Trump will tweet both. And yet his base will never notice — nor care — that on 28 May 2017, Trump wholly exonerated the deep-state intelligence community from conspiring against his presidency.