Standing at the podium with Vladimir Putin, Trump brazenly endorsed the Russian president’s denial of Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election. Only three days after his own appointees in the Justice Department announced charges against a dozen Russian agents, ratifying the long-held conclusions of U.S. agencies, he told the assembled world media that he considered Putin’s word as good as the counsel of his own intelligence chiefs.
Trump did nothing but genuflect to Putin during their joint press conference, meekly saying that he credited the Russian’s “strong and powerful denial” of interfering in the U.S. election and that he “didn’t see any reason why they would.” Of course he personifies that reason, having spent the past year doing Kremlin dirty work against NATO, the European Union and American institutions. He even praised Putin’s absurd “offer” to let the Russians investigate their own crimes against the United States. (Upon returning home to a roar …
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