This short video excerpt of Donald Trump discussing Hillary Clinton's missing emails on Tuesday 27 July 2016, has raised concerns. It's also loaded with nonverbal information. One of these in particular stands out and is discussed below.
Beginning at 0:09, Mr. Trump says, "What do I have to get involved with Putin for? I've nothing to do with Putin. I've never spoken to him. I don't know anything about him other than he will respect me. He doesn't respect our President. And if it is Russia - which it's probably not - nobody knows who it is, but if it is Russia - it's really bad for a different reason. Because it shows how little respect they have for our country - when they would hack into a major party and get everything. But it would be interesting to see. I, I will tell you this, 'Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.' Let's see if that happens. That'll be next. Yes, sir?"
Note that during 0:39 - 0:41, as he says, "... I, I will tell you this ...", Mr. Trump looks directly to his (punctuated by a blink). While it is not 100% definitive, with a vast majority of right-hand dominant people (and Trump is right-handed), when they look directly to their left, it's Highly Suggestive of Auditory Recall. This strongly implies that Mr. Trump is remembering conversation regarding the invitation of Russian sources to actively hack and locate Hillary Clinton's missing emails.
Moreover, the phrasing of "... I, I will tell you this ...", is a particular interesting clustered paralanguage correlate. For not only does he stutter at the beginning - this preposition is also typically not what would be expected when making an invitation. He started to say something addressing the press audience directly in front of him - and then Trump quickly changes directions to addressing Russia.
Red Flags abound.
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