Trump Believes Putin – Russia Interferes With US Election
“Putin eats Trump’s lunch in Helsinki – This is no way to win against Russia.” This is the kind of headline one would expect from a left-leaning news site which, to Trump supporters, is probably chock full of liberal snowflakes still bitter that Donald bested Hillary in 2016. Nevertheless, this headline comes from an opinion piece written by Douglas E. Schoen for Fox News, the network well known for defending Trump or, at least, handling him with kid gloves. That’s just one indicator of how much many Americans are shocked and disgusted with the way President Trump represented the United States during a recent joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
The core question is whether or not Russia interfered with the 2016 US presidential election. Indictments from the Robert Mueller investigation say yes. Our intelligence community says yes. Putin says no and Trump agrees with Putin. At Helsinki, Trump stated, “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. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
Trump later tried to back peddle his statement, saying he left out a keyword and meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it would not be [Russia].” However, examination of the original context makes such a claim suspect at best. The backlash from the press conference has been strong. Former CIA Director John Brennan said, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”