After the outraged backlash Trump faced following his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did what he very rarely does and tried to walk back his statements instead of doubling down like he usually does. On Thursday, it seems he’s changed his mind once again.
One would think that following the disaster of his first press conference with Putin, as well as his first meeting with Putin at the G20 Summit where Trump pushed his trust in Putin over his own government yet again, he would understand that backing off his public hero worship of the dictator of a foreign adversary is not exactly the best move.
Trump praises meeting with Putin, vows a second one & re-ups the "enemy of the people" attack on the media. https://t.co/4CDjL3pb9n
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 19, 2018
Trump, however, is a disaster just waiting to happen, and the collusion he insists never happened continues to play out in front of American’s very eyes.
Reuters pointed out the coordinated response to all the criticism of the Helsinki meeting
‘President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed forces within the United States on Thursday for marring what they called the success of their first summit, with Trump saying he looked forward to their second meeting…In Moscow, Putin accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his meeting with Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia ties anyway.’
“Trump recognized Russian Meddling MANY TIMES” pic.twitter.com/T8MERS93wI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
Of course, Trump also ranted about his “many” public acceptances of the intelligence communities’ findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential elections, even tweeting a mashup video from Fox News of all those times he called out Russia for their cyberwarefare attacks.
The mashup is actually only five instances, two in the same speech, and each time included a qualifier that while Trump was accepting the conclusion around Russian meddling, it could also be “other people” since there are “a lot of people out there.” It’s the same old rhetoric and the same siding with Putin over the U.S. government no matter how Trump and Fox News wants to spin it.
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