President Donald Trump has been repeatedly accused of not just ignoring and refusing to accept the findings of his Intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the U.S. election of 2016, but refusing to do anything to stop another attack.
Many Americans think Russia stopped its cyberwar against America after Trump won in 2016. In reality, the attack on America began at the latest in 2014, and has continued to this day.
On President Trump’s daily schedule for Friday is a meeting with the National Security Council, slated to begin at 3 PM ET. The meeting lasted less than 30 minutes, according to CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny:
Cabinet officials and others invited to today’s NSC meeting on election security are leaving White House now. The meeting was set to start at 3 pm. If it started as scheduled, the president’s meeting on election security was less than 30 minutes.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 27, 2018
For reasons unknown the meeting was not open to the press, not even for a quick press pool spray.
Politico’s cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller noticed that Trump had tweeted during the meeting. The attached tweet was posted at 3:23 PM ET.
According to the White House, the president is chairing a National Security Council meeting about election security right now. https://t.co/0uEtfPyOEm
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) July 27, 2018
The attacks from Russia are growing bolder.
Early Friday afternoon NBC News published a report noting the impending NSC meeting on election security Trump was to chair Friday afternoon.
“Nineteen months into his presidency, there is no coherent Trump administration strategy to combat foreign election interference — and no single person or agency in charge, current and former officials tell NBC News,” NBC reports.
Then next event on President Trump’s schedule today is his trip to his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, where he is expected to spend the weekend.
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Trump admits to misconduct in Trump Tower meeting
In what has become a time-honored tradition, Donald Trump took to Twitter early Sunday Morning, and when the dust settled, the President admitted that there was collusion with a foreign power in the 2016 election.
“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it,” said Trump on Twitter.
The President seemed to be reacting to a report by Philip Rucker in the Independent, which said the president was “anxious” and “brooding” over recent news about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, worried about his son, Donald J. Trump Jr. thanks to his involvement in same.
In saying that he isn’t concerned, Trump has nevertheless torpedoed his past defense of the meeting in claiming it was indeed about getting dirt on his presidential campaign opponent, Hilary Clinton.
The president and others have previous claimed that the meeting was about “adoptions,” which tie it into the Magnitsky Act, a bill intended to punish Russian officials over the death of Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison. Vladimir Putin limited the adoption of Russian children to people abroad as part of his response to the Magnitsky Act.
A statement released in July 2017 reportedly penned by Donald Trump Jr. was later revealed to have been dictated by his father, leading to further investigation of the meeting, and opening up further questions in impropriety on behalf of the Trump campaign and Donald Trump himself.
“We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow-up,” read part of the July 2017 statement
Trumps Attorney Jay Sekulow, tried to soften his own part of the cover-up, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that, “I had bad information in that statement.” While Sekulow had originally claimed that the President has no hand in the Trump Tower meeting, it was later revealed that Trump himself dictated the statement.
The declaration that the meeting was indeed to get information on Clinton does open the door to this meeting being an attempt by Russia to influence the outcome of the election, and in spite of Trump’s claim that it was legal, still opens the possibility of crimes having been committed.
Trump, of course, claims to not knowing about the meeting, in spite of his involvement in the statement mentioned above.
‘Smells Like an Agent of the Kremlin’: Russian State TV Hosts Mock Trump’s ‘Bizarre’ Devotion to Putin
A host on Russian state TV commented this week that President Donald Trump “smells like an agent of the Kremlin.”
The remarks were made on the Russian program 60 Minutes following Trump’s summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It is very bizarre, you can’t bash your own country like that – especially when you’re the president,” one host noted, according to a transcript provided by Russian media analyst Julia Davis.
Co-host Olga Skabeeva added: “When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin.”
#Russia's state TV host:
"It is very bizarre, you can't bash your own country like that – especially when you're the President."
Female host: "When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin." ©️ pic.twitter.com/8fRLrZbUul
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 18, 2018
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