…And with these words TRUMP makes America great again…??? …Are you kidding me…!!!

…And with these words TRUMP makes America great again…???

…Are you kidding me…!!!

The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow.

 

Dan BalzJuly 16 at 4:18 PM

When the history of Donald Trump’s presidency is ultimately written, July 16, 2018, will have a special entry. On a day when the setting called for a show of strength and resolve from an American president, Trump instead offered deference, defensiveness, equivocation and weakness.

If anyone can recall a performance by a U.S. president that rivaled the one seen around the world Monday, let them come forward. In the meantime, Trump’s extraordinary joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand on its own, for sheer shock value and for the reality of an opportunity lost.

Here was a president turning his back on the collective work of U.S. intelligence agencies, looking the other way at indictments returned last week by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III against 12 Russian military intelligence officers who sought to undermine American democracy during the 2016 election, and falling back as he so often has on attacks against Hillary Clinton, criticism of Democrats and boasts about the size of his electoral college victory.

In reality, he did more than turn his back on the evidence of Russian attacks on the U.S. electoral process. He all but rejected it. In an attempt to say both sides have their views of what happened during the last presidential election, he proffered that his own view is that he can’t bring himself to accept that the Russians did it. “I don’t see any reason why [Russia would interfere],” he said.

That investigation includes the question of whether there was any collusion with Russians by officials associated with the Trump campaign. The president has said repeatedly, as he did Monday, that there was no collusion. Perhaps Mueller and his team will reach the same conclusion, if they are allowed to carry on through the end.

But Trump’s conflation of the issue of collusion with the question of Russian attacks on the U.S. democratic process continues to undermine the entire investigation, turning what should be a nonpartisan examination of what happened and how the country can be protected from any repeat efforts into a partisan brawl. On Monday, Trump called the investigation “a disaster” for the United States.

All of which raises the obvious question: If the president’s comments in Helsinki reflect his true thinking, if he sees the United States as being as responsible for poor relations with Russia as the Russians are, if he is not willing to stand behind the intelligence agencies sworn to protect this country, what exactly does “America First” really mean?

 

‘Treasonous’ And ‘Disgraceful’: Critics Slam Trump’s Performance At Putin Summit

President Donald Trump’s performance during a press conference after a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday left critics of all stripes howling.

Trump refused to blame Putin for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and told reporters that “both countries” were responsible for the poor state of their relations.

“I think we’ve all been foolish. I think we’re all to blame,” Trump said.

He reiterated that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, slammed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the election as a “disaster” and shared conspiracy theories about why it’s important for the FBI to take the Democratic National Committee’s computer server.

Putin agreed with Trump on many points, and Trump’s comments drew fierce criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Fox News Host and Daughter of US Ambassador to Russia: Trump Threw His ‘Own People and Country Under the Bus’

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president is being criticized from across the political spectrum. READ MORE»

Trump praises Putin for ‘one of the best’ World

Cups, blasts U.S. press as ‘enemy of the people’

 

Hunter  ..Daily Kos Staff…….Sunday July 15, 2018 · 11:44 AM PDT

 how Donald is preparing himself for his (still-inexplicable) meet up with his one and only world friend. Oh look, he’s praising Vlad Putin for putting on "one of the best" sporting events ever:

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