Trump Capitulated To Putin Again And Made A Mockery Of America

Trump's habit of projecting weakness on the world stage and undermining America's ideals continued today in a truly disgraceful display with Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump meeting at the G20 summit – 28 June 2019 (Source: The Kremlin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump meeting at the G20 summit – 28 June 2019 (Source: The Kremlin)

Just when you think it isn’t possible for President Trump to stoop any lower on the international stage, he does. Today, President Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s interference in American democracy and mused about “getting rid” of journalists.

President Putin is known to have ordered the death of journalists and his critics. Today is the one year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting, which killed five employees, but that didn’t stop President Trump from joking about getting rid of journalists with a man who has done just that.

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On February 17, 2017, President Trump called the media the enemy of the people for the first time. Since then, pipe bombs were mailed to CNN by a Trump supporter, GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte body slammed a reporter and was applauded by Trump, the Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi Crown Prince and Trump has actively shielded him from blame, and a BBC cameraman was assaulted at a Trump rally. This month, President Trump accused The New York Times of treason. President Trump has encouraged violence against reporters and today’s rhetoric goes a step further.

When it comes to Russian interference, President Trump has been known to cast doubt on it every chance he gets. In his summit with President Putin, last year in Helsinki, Finland, Trump went as far as to publicly side with Putin over the U.S. Intelligence Community. Now, he’s emboldening the autocrat who attacked American democracy once more.

This was President Trump’s first meeting with President Putin since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report clearly outlined how Russia’s interfered in the 2016 election and how the Trump Campaign was receptive to it. Over the lifetime of the probe, the Special Counsel levied 37 indictments, 6 of which were indictments from Trump associates – 5 pleaded guilty. That included the indictments of 25 Russian individuals or entities for hacking and leaking Democratic emails as well as running the Russian troll operation.

On the order of President Putin himself, Russia waged espionage and propaganda campaigns against the US in an effort to influence the 2016 election. Hackers stole Democratic emails and strategically leaked them through Wikileaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and help Donald Trump. The Internet Research Agency (IRA) targeted millions of American voters with propaganda on social media. Hackers also targeted voter systems around the country, although there is no evidence any votes were altered.

Mueller did not charge the Trump campaign with a criminal conspiracy but the report did outline over 100 pages of collusion evidence. The Trump Campaign was receptive to Russia’s help. And according to President Trump himself, they will be receptive again in 2020.

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