Former President Donald Trump attempted to defend himself against allegations he kept classified nuclear documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort, but Twitter users noted his comments sounded more like a confession.
On Friday morning, Trump released a statement suggesting that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, actually kept more classified documents than he did, a false claim immediately countered by the National Archives.
Trump suggested on his Truth Social platform that the “Nuclear weapons issue is a hoax, just like Russia Russia Russia was a hoax, two impeachments were a hoax, the Mueller investigation was a hoax, and much more.”
A few hours later, he posted a two-part comment in which he admitted having the documents, but claimed they had been declassified:
“Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to “seize” anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request…”
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK. The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
Many Twitter users noted that Trump’s comments sure seemed more like a confession than a defense.
We're at "everybody steals nuclear documents" much faster than even I thought. https://t.co/y5uegjhBFP
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 12, 2022
Is this new Trump statement an admission that he took nuclear-related documents from the White House?
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) August 12, 2022
Just so we are clear, this sure looks like an admission of guilt. If so, Trump's statement to NBC this morning and by his lawyer on FOX last night are lies https://t.co/CLxAijlT0Y
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) August 12, 2022
like this is just him admitting to it https://t.co/rXm8wpX8n2
— Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) August 12, 2022
Trump is maintaining both that the information was planted by the FBI and also that Obama probably held onto nuclear secrets. It’s like a choose your own conspiracy adventure book. https://t.co/YAAxUAHWGT
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) August 12, 2022
Trump doesn't sound like a guilty narcissistic sociopath at all here. Not one bit. https://t.co/xChHzv1oKW
— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) August 12, 2022
That does not look like a denial from Trump that he took top secret documents related to nuclear weapons "home". https://t.co/3jSOuGSHga
— Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) August 12, 2022
Somehow this manages to be both the oh my god he admit it AND hot dog guy memes all at once. https://t.co/YUNrdUNq4H
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) August 12, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.