President Trump revealed on Saturday that he’s considering a pardon for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, a shocking reversal from his previous statements about Snowden.
Trump called Snowden a “traitor” during the 2016 election cycle, but appears to have modified his opinion of Snowden since then.
“I’ve seen people that are very conservative and very liberal and they agree. They agree both ways,” Trump said during his Saturday coronavirus briefing. “I’m going to take a look at that very strongly, Edward Snowden.”
Snowden fled the US in 2013 and sought asylum in Russia after leaking thousands of documents exposing the NSA’s surveillance of the American people.
“I guess the DOJ is looking to extradite him right now? … It’s certainly something I could look at,” Trump said. “Many people are on his side, I will say that. I don’t know him, never met him. But many people are on his side.”
Democrats appear to be having difficulties processing Trump’s unusual position. Some leftist Twitter blue-checks gave Trump rare applause over the matter. Others, like recently eliminated vice-presidential contender Susan Rice, pooh-poohed the announcement, tweeting “I. Just. Can’t. Congratulations GOP. This is who you are now.”
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