‘My Grandchildren Are Going to Grow Up Speaking Russian’
President Vladimir Putin insists that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. presidential election of 2016, despite the indictment via the U.S. Dept. of Justice, of well over two dozen Russian military officials, individuals, and companies.
In a stunning move, President Donald Trump could be seen nodding his head in agreement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to President Trump at a news conference, insists that Russia “never interfered” with American affairs, including the 2016 presidential election https://t.co/c7furDq8U9 pic.twitter.com/kg0hVnzSH0
— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2018
Minutes later, Trump actually says, “there was no collusion,” “zero collusion,” and, “I beat Hillary Clinton fairly.”
NBC Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson sums it up:
Well. @POTUS now riffing on 2016 and special counsel investigation: “zero collusion.” Says it’s hurting the relationship. Calls it “ridiculous” – standing next to the leader of the nation that US intelligence agencies say interfered (which is what that investigation is examining)
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) July 16, 2018
Pres. Trump says he holds “both countries responsible” for decline of US-Russia relations: “I think that the United States has been foolish. I think that we’ve both been foolish…I think we’re all to blame.” https://t.co/pnM34fHNdQ pic.twitter.com/4fRFbViV1C
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2018
Pres. Trump: “There was no collision. I didn’t know the president. There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign…we ran a brilliant campaign and that’s why I’m president” https://t.co/wCVoWaURxw pic.twitter.com/poIyFLvsWC
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 16, 2018
Many on social media exploded in shock, anger, and outrage.
Putin says Russia has not & will not interfere in internal US elections & Trump nods his head in agreement. Putin says any concerns can be addressed in the joint cyber security command he and Trump want to establish. My grandchildren are going to grow up speaking Russian.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 16, 2018
Here it is: POTUS attacks Mueller probe while standing beside Putin. Wow.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) July 16, 2018
My god, the president of the United States just bothsidesed Russia’s criminal behavior.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 16, 2018
Holy fucking shit. Putin denies cyberattack. Trump’s nods, sagely. He says they’d be happy to investigate any such attacks with the Joint Cybersecurity Task Force he and Trump talked about earlier. Trump says “Thank you very much.”
— Steven Dupler (@stevendupler) July 16, 2018
Trump calmly stands next to Putin, literally on the world stage, as he nods to Putin’s propaganda speech! When did we ever believe this to be possible?
— iAble (@ableraces) July 16, 2018
#TreasonSummit No joint cyberwarfare command. The Russian dictator just denied interfering in our elections. We caught them red handed. And Trump nods his head. Not sure who lies more. Disgusted.
— Leah Lamb (@Nomadgirl10) July 16, 2018
The President of the United States, standing next to a foreign adversary responsible for ordering an attack on the American homeland and American people, dismisses the whole thing and says nothing happened.
Cannot stress how extraordinary this is.
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) July 16, 2018
Trump nods when Putin states that he reiterates never interfering in the US election.
— Milenaac (@milenaac) July 16, 2018
#BREAKING UPDATE#Putin #Russia has not & will not interfere in internal #USA elections & #Trump nods his head in agreement. #Putin says any concerns can be addressed in the joint cyber security command HE AND TRUMP want to establish
T R E A S O N#TreasonSummit
— NotMyPresident (@ironstowe) July 16, 2018
UPDATE I: 11:49 AM ET –
While standing next to the American president, Putin accuses Hillary Clinton of accepting illegal Russian campaign contributions. Trump doesn't push back. pic.twitter.com/dDt2TTV24E
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 16, 2018
UPDATE II: 11:54 AM ET –
CNN’s Jeff Zelany:
HELSINKI RECAP: With the world watching, President Trump stood at Vladimir Putin’s side and acknowledged more forcefully than ever before that he, the 45th American president, believes the Russian president more than the U-S intelligence community.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 16, 2018
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WATCH: The Mueller Report Star-Studded Live Stream Video
So this happened. Eighteen of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities convened to bring The Mueller Report to the stage – and the star power behind the effort was mind-boggling.
The players included Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Frederick Weller, Ben McKenzie, Michael Shannon, Noah Emmerich, Justin Long, Jason Alexander, Gina Gershon, Wilson Cruz, Joel Grey, Alyssa Milano, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Piper Perabo, Zachary Quinto, and Aidan Quinn.
The live reading, titled The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, was written by Robert Schenkkan and presented by Law Works Monday night.
Now, without further ado: watch history unfold before your eyes.
‘I Was Happy to Do It for You’ GOP Congressman Who Threatened Michael Cohen Tells Trump: Report
President Donald Trump reportedly called Rep. Matt Gaetz Wednesday night. Gaetz, the Florida Republican who very publicly threatened Michael Cohen, told President Trump he was “happy to do it for you,” according to a reporter for The Atlantic.
Gaetz, after a warning from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and massive outrage across the nation, apologized to Cohen for the threat, which many agree was designed to intimidate him just hours before his explosive testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere posted this tweet Thursday morning:
President Trump called @mattgaetz last night from Hanoi to talk the Cohen testimony and the threats (since rescinded) Gaetz made about Cohen.
“I was happy to do it for you. You just keep killing it,” Gaetz was heard telling him.
(Gaetz told me he doesn’t discuss calls w/POTUS)
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 28, 2019
Dovere adds to his reporting that Trump called Gaetz “as he headed into his meetings” with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Trump was in Hanoi to broker a denuclearization deal. Talks ended quickly and abruptly, and for the second time there is no deal.
Dovere’s report has not been confirmed by other news outlets.
Gaetz is now facing an investigation by the Florida Bar Association for the threat he made to Cohen. It’s possible the House Ethics Committee could also investigate, especially after Speaker Pelosi suggested they “vigilantly monitor” possible intimidation of witnesses by Members of Congress.
Former Obama Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub weighed in on Dovere’s report that Trump had called Gaetz, suggesting the Florida Bar use that information as part of its investigation:
.@TheFlaBar, this is relevant to your investigation of @mattgaetz: (1) he threatened a committee witness; (2) he’s not a committee member; (3) his allegations were not raised in the hearing, suggesting he had no basis; and now (4) he reportedly admitted to doing it for Trump.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 28, 2019
Trump Told a Reporter Off the Record Russia Was Falsely Accused of Interfering in US Election: Report
The New York Times is reporting on President Donald Trump‘s five “mystery” meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the wide-ranging and lengthy article, several odd and disturbing events stand out.
First, video of President Trump in July of 2017 at a G-20 dinner, the one where First Lady Melania Trump sat next to Putin and President Trump later went to speak with Putin without any U.S. officials present.
What was especially odd about that dinner was, aside from there is no record of what the two world leaders said to each other, this video that was not widely reported on.
Here’s how The Times describes it:
“Videotape later made public showed Mr. Trump pointing at Mr. Putin, who was seated across and down a long table, then pointing at himself and then making a pumping motion with his fist.”
Here is that video. It’s hard to make out and the quality is poor but President Trump can be seen in the lower left corner of the image:
Here’s Donald Trump desperately trying to get Vlad’s attention at the G20 dinner. pic.twitter.com/5sIKuJvtu8
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 19, 2017
Also disturbing is that President Trump, according to The Times, a day after that G-20 Summit, called a Times reporter and told them that Russia was wrongly accused of interfering in the U.S. election.
Again, direct from The Times:
“The day after the two meetings, as Mr. Trump was on Air Force One taking off from Germany heading back to Washington, he telephoned a Times reporter and argued that the Russians were falsely accused of election interference. While he insisted most of the conversation be off the record, he later repeated a few things in public in little-noticed asides.”
One more aspect of the Times article that has received the most attention.
President Trump “said that he raised the election hacking three times and that Mr. Putin denied involvement. But he said Mr. Putin also told him that ‘if we did, we wouldn’t have gotten caught because we’re professionals.’ Mr. Trump said: ‘I thought that was a good point because they are some of the best in the world’ at hacking.”
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