President Donald Trump expressed his sympathy for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, after his latest sentencing on Wednesday.
A reporter asked Trump if he was considering giving Manafort a pardon, following up on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement on Monday in which she did not rule out the possibility of pardoning Manafort.
“I have not even given it a thought at this moment, it’s not something that’s right now on my mind,” Trump responded. “I do feel badly for Paul Manafort, that I can tell you.”
Trump also recalled Manafort’s experience as he expressed his sympathy for him.
“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort, and, you know, he worked for Ronald Reagan very successfully, he worked for John McCain, he worked for Bob Dole and many others for many years,” Trump said.
“And I feel badly for him. I think it’s a very sad situation, and I saw that just a little while ago, and certainly on a human basis, it’s a very sad thing,” he added. “I feel badly for him.”
Watch the moment below:
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When another reporter asked Trump when the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller would come out, Trump redirected the question, making the false claim that Manafort’s presiding judge exonerated him of any collusion.
“I have no idea. I can only tell you one thing, again, that was proven today — no collusion. There’s no collusion, there hasn’t been collusion, and it was all a big hoax, and you know it, it was done — instated by the Democrats because they lost an election,” Trump claimed.