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President Donald Trump smiles at supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Comey 'tapes' is the latest Trump bluff to try and change an outcome



WATCH | President Trump says his 'tapes' tweet may have prodded James Comey to tell the truth after he admitted that he didn’t create any recordings of his meetings with the ex-FBI director.

In May, Trump suggested he may have “tapes" of his conversations with James Comey, 

“When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” Trump said in an interview taped Thursday and aired Friday on “Fox and Friends.” 

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied Thursday that Trump's tweet  was meant to threaten or influence Comey. But the incident is just the latest in a technique that has defined Trump’s deal-making career: Hedge to sway your opponent to an outcome favorable to you.

Here are some others.

On China:

Trump was an outspoken opponent of China's business policies, but subsequently reversed this claim in April, saying China was playing by the rules.


Trump continuously repeated NATO's obsoleteness on the campaign trail. He walked back this claim as newly-elected commander-in-chief during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg.

President Trump Holds a Joint Press Conference with Secretary General Stoltenberg

WATCH | Trump holds a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg in early April. 

On birther claims:

Trump spearheaded the "birther conspiracy" in which he claimed that the former president wasn't an American citizen.

He put that controversy to rest at the end of a campaign event at his newly-opened hotel in downtown D.C.

"President Barack Obama was born in the United States," Trump said. "Period."

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