a non-denial denial

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a non-denial denial

A statement that seems and/or is intended to act as a direct denial to an allegation, but which, when taken literally or examined closely, does not deny the allegation at all. The phrase is most commonly associated with evasive answers of politicians facing scrutiny or accusations of misconduct. When pressed by journalists over certain large, undisclosed expenditures he had recently made, the senator gave a classic non-denial denial of any wrongdoing, stating ambiguously that any such spending was simply associated with the running of his campaign.
See also: denial
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Finally, when the "great intel" story breaks, Trump's present national security adviser, Lt General HR Mc Master, issues a deeply awkward non-denial denial.
THE non-denial denial is a managerial tool well used by most football gaffers.
I understand that this sounds to me like a non-denial denial of Mr.
Georges, who gave the business paper a non-denial denial, owns a New Orleans grocery-distribution business and marine services, video, arcade and restaurant companies.
His response was a non-denial denial accompanied by his unreasonable facsimile of a laugh.
So why all the fuss over Paul's latest non-denial denial that he's interested in a third-party candidacy?
In one great political book called All The President's Men, this would have been known as a non-denial denial.
The next day (May 28), THE NEW AMERICAN reported: "It is possible that there are two entirely different sets of abusive photographs, based upon Gibbs' non-denial denial.
But Perry's non-denial denial is a little more significant this time because he was asked specifically if he would "rule out" running for president.
Asked if all things between the Dolphins' and Trojans' jobs were equal, if he would remain at USC, Carroll went all non-denial denial on us:
Airdrie's sole director, Joey Rowan, issued a similar non-denial denial.
Immediately this became one of the historic non-denial denials.
Even with non-denial denials, the fact is Shell executives, for instance, are already in Tehran, talking about Iran's "energy potential" and solidifying their positioning as Iran's "prime partner" in energy.
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