Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trump Proudly Announces He Will Collude with Russia

During the presidential campaign Donald Trump called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email, which has ultimately lead to an investigation of whether his campaign colluded with the Russians to win the election for him.

Always tone deaf, after meeting with Putin at the G-20 Trump proudly announced that he will collude with Russia once again on hacking (calling it "cybersecurity" this time around).

This was met with ridicule in most quarters, many of them Republican:
[Sen. Marco] Rubio suggests that partnering with Putin on cybersecurity would be like partnering with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a “Chemical Weapons Unit” (Assad is widely believed to have carried out chemical weapons attacks on his own people).
Other Republicans were equally derisive:
When asked for his response on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chuckled.

“It’s not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty close,” he said of the cybersecurity proposal.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) similarly scoffed at the suggestion.

“I am sure that Vladimir Putin could be of enormous assistance in that effort ― since he’s doing the hacking,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, equated Putin’s involvement in a joint cybersecurity venture to “letting the fox guard the henhouse.” He tweeted a clip of a fox from a Discovery Channel documentary.
Democrat Adam Schiff tweeted that Americans “might as well just mail our ballots to Moscow.”

After Trump's meeting with Putin Russian media claimed that Putin denied he had interfered with the US election, and that Trump had accepted his denial. Trump's comments afterwards suggested that he accepted the denial, repeating the same sort of weasel words he has since the election ("I think it was Russia, and it could have been other people in other countries.").

Other members of the Trump administration basically said that Russia hacked the election and Trump didn't know what he was talking about.

All in all, Trump's performance at the G-20 was an embarrassment: a video from an Australian reporter illustrated how isolated and clueless the American president was at a meeting that the United States has historically dominated.

Despite his speech in Poland about defending "the West," Trump has completely abdicated America's leadership position in the free world to Germany and France, choosing instead to enroll in the Putin University for Third-World Dictators.

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