How John Podesta’s road trip to Utah was crashed by Trump from Germany

President Trump may be across the Atlantic Ocean meeting with foreign leaders at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, but he still managed to throw a wrench in John Podesta’s vacation plans.

On Friday, Trump resurrected the 2016 election by tweeting about Podesta and hacking campaigns against the Democrats.

“Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”, Trump said, appearing to conflate the hacking of the former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman’s email with the breach at the Democratic National Committee. While multiple U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia hacked both Podesta’s and the DNC, it was the DNC, not Podesta, who refused to allow the FBI access to its servers.

Podesta, on a cross country road trip with his wife to Utah, complained about the president’s tweet after pulling into Fairmont, W.Va.

“On a x-country road trip with my wife,” he began. “Pulled in for a pit stop in E. Fairmont W. Va. to see that our whack job POTUS @realDonaldTrump is tweeting about me at the G20.”

Podesta reminded Trump he had nothing to do with the DNC’s decision-making process, and after telling Trump to “get a grip” and pressing him to bring up Russia’s “crime” meddling in the election with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Podesta wondered what Trump might be “raving about” on Twitter when he reaches his destination in Utah.

Trump did, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, press Putin on the election-meddling issue multiple times during their more-than-two-hour meeting.

About eight hours later, Podesta tweeted again, promoting an op-ed he wrote for The Washington Post expounding upon Trump’s latest tweet. He said he wrote it during a “short break” in Louisville, Ky., which is southwest of West Virginia.

In the op-ed, which has a dateline of Morehead, Ky., Podesta provides a little extra color on the moment he found out about Trump’s tweet.

“Weaving through the mountains on a cross-country road trip with my wife, I was quite surprised to discover that — at least according to President Trump — I am the talk of the Group of 20 meeting,” he began in the opinion piece, which has a headline that asks: “Why is Trump tweeting about me when he should be doing his job?”

He goes on to say that he was tempted to stay in vacation mode and not to respond to Trump’s “obviously wrong and so evidently self-serving” tweet, but that “because he is the president, his words warrant a response.”

Podesta concludes the piece, repeating the message of his last tweet in his morning Twitter rant: “God only knows what our president will be tweeting by the time my wife and I get to Utah.”

Trump has only since tweeted out a Wall Street Journal editorial about his speech in Warsaw, Poland, and another about his meetings at the G-20 summit.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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