In Washington political circles, there is the non-denial denial. (I didn’t do it, but if I did, there was nothing wrong with it.) There is the non-apology apology. (I’m sorry if I offended anyone.) And when it comes to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, there is the defense by omission, in which GOPers, if unable to say something nice, just don’t say anything at all. Or at best, demand more information.
As Capitol Hill reels over another Trump White House bombshell – Monday’s late-day reports that the president revealed highly sensitive, classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office – Republicans were again forced to answer the question of whether they could defend the chief executive.