They keep saying we’re not supposed to call Donald Trump a Russian asset.
I’m not sure why.
Are we also supposed to assume Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t have some kind of kompromat on Trump?
I’d say, given the events of the past week, that it is nothing short of foolhardy to simply disregard concerns over Trump’s unusual devotion to Mother Russia.
C’mon Susan. Let’s knock off the “Russian asset” talk.
No. I think not.
After a 2 hour private meeting with the former KGB agent on Monday, a sitting president of the United States not only threw his own intelligence community under the bus, while standing next to that [smiling] KGB agent, but has doubled and tripled down on the outrage, in the subsequent days.
First of all, his so-called “walk back” consisted of saying, sure, maybe Russia did meddle in the 2016 election, but it could have been “other people,” as well.
That was not a walk back, or any firm acknowledgment that he stands on the side of the U.S. intelligence community. Anyone being perfectly honest must see the fear he has with opposing, outright, the Putin-approved talking points.
He even went on further and suggested that Russia is no longer targeting the U.S.
Yeah, but, Susan… If he was so afraid of Putin, what about the sanctions?
You mean the sanctions approved by Congress, as punishment for Russia’s aggressive activities, which Trump grumbled, complained about, and refused to sign off on? Those sanctions?
But Susan, he bombed Syria, knowing Russia was active in the area and helping Bashar al-Assad!
You mean the bombing they boasted of, but we later found that, somehow, the Russian and Assad forces that had been in the area had mysteriously been tipped off and moved out of the area, beforehand? Is that the bombing you’re referring to?
We don’t know what Trump and Putin spoke about in that 2 hour, private meeting. It was a highly unusual move, especially in light of all the concerns about possible collusion between Team Trump and the Kremlin.
It’s as if Trump is begging to be caught in something.
I honestly don’t see how a true Russian asset would act any differently.
Then, of course, is the continued attempts by Trump to discredit every American institution.
In Thursday morning tweets, the president named the “real enemy” of the nation – and it wasn’t the ones who meddled in our election, or who have a nasty habit of poisoning their opposition’s tea with radioactive polonium.
"The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media," Trump tweeted.
This is where I randomly interject with the factoid that they kill journalists in Russia.
"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more. There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems...but they can ALL be solved!" he added.
The White House is insisting that the 2 hour private meeting with Putin included these topics, and that would be great, but it prompts the question: Why keep this secret, with no aides or note takers?
Then there was a question as to if Trump would consider Putin’s offer to allow special counsel investigators to travel to Russia to sit in on questioning of the 12 Russians recently indicted for their part in meddling in the 2016 election. In return, Putin wanted to send Russian investigators here to question American citizens for crimes in Russia, including a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president was considering it, talking to their people.
That is unacceptable. We don’t turn our citizens over to a hostile foreign power, based on flimsy charges. We don’t even consider it. Full stop.
So again I ask, how would a Russian asset behave any differently?