Lights go out as Trump says he has ‘full faith’ in US intel agencies
President Trump quipped that U.S. intelligence agencies were responsible for the lights briefly going out while he made a White House statement reaffirming his support for American intelligence officers.
“Let me begin by saying that once again, full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies. I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies,” he said, before the lights in the room faded out.
“Oops they just turned off the light. That must be the intelligence agencies,” Trump joked, as some in the room laughed despite the darkness
“You guys ok? Good, that was strange,” he said after the lights came back on.
WATCH: Lights in White House go out as Pres. Trump says he has “full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies.”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2018
The reason why the lights went out in the room is not clear.
Trump made the statement one day after he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the 2016 election, a contradiction to U.S. intelligence findings.
He faced widespread criticism from members of both parties for his comments.
“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump said during the statement on Tuesday.
“Could be other people also. A lot of people out there,” he added.