President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. After approximately meeting for two hours with only translators present, the two emerged and held a joint news conference. That’s when those on the Left and the RINOs (Republicans in name only) ‘lost’ it.
Trump was asked by a reporter to basically denounce Russia for meddling with our elections.
The proof, according to the reporter, was reports by the United States intelligence which allegedly verifies that Russia attempted to meddle.
Trump, trying to maintain diplomacy, indicated that while he trusts his intelligence community and what they found, Putin strongly denies interfering with our elections.
Trump presented both sides of the argument. Not acceptable to the Left.
In the opinion of those on the Left, Trump’s statement was treasonous.
Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan led the charge on Twitter by saying:
“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. Republican Patriots: Where are you?”
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. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
Fired former FBI Director James Comey also weighed in on Trump’s joint news conference.
Almost immediately after the conference, Comey tweeted:
“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.”
This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 16, 2018
He later followed the tweet with another one, this time insulting Fox News Host Sean Hannity.
“Having sold out our nation on an international stage, Mr. Trump will now explain it all to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson? I’m guessing RT and Sputnick were unavailable. He owes it to our nation to sit down with a serious journalist.”
Having sold out our nation on an international stage, Mr. Trump will now explain it all to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson? I’m guessing RT and Sputnick were unavailable. He owes it to our nation to sit down with a serious journalist.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 17, 2018
Have you ever noticed the Left always accuses Trump and others on the Right of doing what they themselves are actually doing?
Republicans should be asking themselves, “Where were the Republicans in Congress on Monday who failed to counter the negative statements against Trump by presenting the following “treasonous” acts?”
- Obama and Hillary Clinton’s selling 20% of America’s Uranium to Russia.
- Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran that has done more to destabilize the Middle East than any actions by a recent President.
- Obama’s statement to then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that Obama would have “more flexibility after the election” to negotiate with Putin.
- Obama’s ineptness in Syria that has caused Iran to gain an ever increasing foothold which Israel now has to contend with and,
- Obama’s interference with Israel’s election in 2015 and former President Bill Clinton’s attempts to interfere with Israel’s elections during his presidency as well.
Oh, that’s right, the RINOs were too busy getting out in front of the camera and issuing statements of their own against Trump.
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said:
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence.”
“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said:
“I’ve said a number of times and I say it again, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who never misses an opportunity to slam Trump with his comments, said that the joint press conference was “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”
Even Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) who has been generally supportive of Trump disagreed with him.
“The President’s summit in Helsinki today should have been an attempt at confronting Russian aggression, hacking, and election interference. Russia is not a friend or ally. As Americans, we stand up for our interests and values abroad; but I fear today was a step backwards.”
There were plenty more disparaging words coming from the GOP who couldn’t seem to muster their support for Trump’s statement.
Did Trump really commit a ‘treasonous’ act in Helsinki as the Left has argued. (It’s almost too ridiculous to give a response.)
Trump was being diplomatic. That’s it.
The Left clearly is not familiar with diplomacy unless of course, it’s Obama or Hillary at the helm.
Helsinki’s summit doesn’t mean Trump trusts Putin (even Putin said during the press conference that they don’t trust each other), that Trump will hand over the U.S. keys to Russia (trust me the Left believes Trump did just that in Helsinki), nor did Trump fail to support the intelligence community.
But Trump did ask about Hillary’s servers and DNC computers that the intelligence community has apparently never seen.
How can the intelligence community draw a conclusion when they haven’t seen all of the evidence?
In any event, not surprisingly, the Left is not asking that question.
Clearly, Trump gave both sides of the argument and didn’t want to convict Russia of guilt based on “indictments.”
In the U.S., even if the Left doesn’t appreciate it, a person is still presumed INNOCENT until found GUILTY in a court of law (even if the intelligence community says otherwise).
Thank goodness for the U.S. Constitution and its principles of fairness.
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