Trump made a huge mistake on Veteran’s Day. That was when Sally Yates, the woman Donald Trump booted out for doing her job as acting U.S. Attorney General, called the president out for being un-American.
The president has been at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam as part of his 12-day trip to Asia. Throughout the trip, Trump has made some pretty spectacular blunders, but this was the worst.
Trump claimed that he asked the Russian President Vladimir Putin whether he interfered in the U.S. presidential elections. This is what 45 said Putin told him, according to CNN:
‘He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. Every time he sees me, he says, “I didn’t do that.” And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.’
Sally Yates tweeted:
‘POTUS embraces Putin yet again telling world he believes former KGB agents denial of attack on our election over our own Intel public servants, calling them “political hacks.” Disturbing and shamelessly unpatriotic, on Veterans Day no less.’
As the former KGB Director, Putin surely would not tell a lie…or would he?
Trump tried to turn the conversation upside down, CNN reported:
‘I think he (Putin) is very insulted by it.’
Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia is drawing an ever-tightening circle around the president. Trump only makes himself look worse by defending Putin.
Twitter immediately responded to Yates’ tweet.
Mueller has interviewed almost every one close to Trump.
Thus far, the special counselor has charged Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and Manafort’s former business partner, Rick Gates.
Speculation is that Mueller may be waiting for Trump to return to fully lower the hammer.
Even though some ultra-conservatives have urged the president to fire Mueller, the president appears to understand that doing so would be construed as obstruction of justice.
Trump fired Yates when she refused to defend his executive order on immigration aka his travel ban. She told him that it was unconstitutional.
Yates pointed out that Trump was supporting a nation that has long been unfriendly toward the U.S. while criticizing this country’s own intelligence community. He believed Putin over his own people.
Members of the intelligence community continually risk their lives to protect our country, yet Trump apparently feels no loyalty toward them.
Putin and Trump shook hands and chatted a few times at the Asia-Pacific summit.
The U.S. president said he took Putin at his word, but that comment came across as silly at best and unpatriotic at worst.
Putin’s people reported that Trump did not ask the Russian president about interfering in the U.S. presidential election. It would not be the first time 45 has lied.
Trump said the two just want to move onward and forget about the past.
The only problem is that Putin continues to intrude upon the U.S. democracy and will certainly try to interfere in the 2018 elections.
With Trump living in denial, Congress and people are left to do what is right, just like Yates has done.
Yates showed us what real patriotism looks like on this Veterans’ Day.
Featured Image via Getty Images/Eric Thayer.