For the most part, everyone agrees that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election and will most definitely continue to meddle in our elections until a concerted effort is made to address the issue by all branches of the government.
If that wasn’t enough, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, refused to even glance at the newest indictments in the investigation of Russian hacking.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 16, 2018
During the interview which was conducted in Finland, Wallace asked Putin if he would look at the indictments and placed them on the table between them.
Wallace brought up the indictments again remarking that the 12 individuals named in the indictments were from specific units of the Russian military intelligence.
Putin promised a full answer; however, he cooly blew it off. He responded:
‘Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States – do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?’
He also added:
‘If you don’t like my answer, you can give it to me straight away, and I just keep silence.’
Russian President Putin when pressed on his country’s alleged interference in the U.S. elections and indictments against Russian nationals: Russia as a state has never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States. #WallacePutinOnFox https://t.co/OqrOzjYveR pic.twitter.com/EzEYyttOmu
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 16, 2018
Considering that several U.S. intelligence agencies have made that conclusion and Robert Mueller is issuing indictments, yes, we can and should believe that someone in Russia, under the guidance of the Kremlin, meddled in an election that has proved detrimental to the image of the United States in the global community.
It’s expected that Putin would deny any part in the hacking. The problem is, however, Donald Trump continues to disagree with U.S. intelligence agencies regarding their legitimate findings and scoffs at the idea that Russia put him in the White House.
During a joint press conference with the Russian president, Trump basically sided with Putin instead of the United States with regards to the accusations of hacking.
‘I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish … And I think we’re all to blame.’
Let’s just reiterate that TRUMP said that – not Putin.
Trump literally placed blame on the country he leads for another country hacking and meddling in our country’s election – despite the solid evidence presented by intelligence agencies across the board.
Some call it treasonous. Fox News says it wasn’t his best performance.
Representative John Yarmuth (KY-03) issued a statement that called this moment a “disgraceful chapter in American history.”
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) July 16, 2018
Here’s how members of Trump’s own party reacted to the Trump-Putin summit: pic.twitter.com/MYs9Eacwhc
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) July 16, 2018
Trump also commented:
‘They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.’
Never in American history has a president stood on stage and blamed his own country and sided with the Russians. We are truly in the Upside Down at this point. If the future of America wasn’t threatened before, it’s definitely in jeopardy now with a president who wants to play footsy with Putin.
Featured image via screenshot from Youtube.