Trump once again sided with the head of a foreign government, Putin, against our own American intelligence agencies. I've never in my lifetime seen anything like this. If Trump's behavior isn't close to treasonous, I don't know what is. How would the Goopers react to an American president of the Democratic Party siding with and believing a foreign leader over his or her own American agencies?
"The worst part of this is not that Trump takes Putin's word over the evidence-based analysis of his own intelligence agencies. It is not even that he plays the role of a useful idiot as he kowtows to Putin yet again. The worst part, by far, is that a hostile power is engaged in an ongoing attack on America's political system and Trump is deliberately stripping the nation's defenses bare and leaving us exposed to future assaults. It is unilateral disarmament plain and simple. We have never seen this type of weakness in a U.S. president before." --Brookings Institute Director, Thomas Wright
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin did not interfere in the 2016 election.
Trump also cast doubt on the intelligence community's findings that Russia launched an elaborate and multi-faceted campaign to meddle in the election.
The CIA released a statement shortly after in which CIA director Mike Pompeo emphasized that he stood by the intelligence community's assessment.
Trump is Putin's Dupe.
Jennifer Rubin, WaPo:
"Russia’s mark: A dangerous fool for a president
Trump and his followers are willing to believe anything because they want to believe anything that confirms their counterfactual world. Anyone who sides with their alternative universe (Sebastian Gorka, Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore) is a hero and a victim of those pro-immigrant, globalist, anti-Christian elites. Anyone who presents cold, hard facts (the mainstream media, scientists, allied governments, Democrats, #NeverTrumpers) that explode their dearly held myths is an enemy of the people.Yes, that’s the mental universe in which Trump and his ilk reside. It renders Trump susceptible — eager, even — to believe our enemies, even — especially! — at the expense of American values, security and interests. He’s putty in the hands of wily autocrats. He’s therefore the type of target that counterintelligence operatives dream of — an arrogant fool.
Trump then continued to the Philippines where he had a meeting with another strongman, Duterte, who uses extrajudicial killings to solve the drug problem in his country.
Trump said he has a "warm" relationship with the Phillipine leader and would not bring up Duterte's human rights violations, so as not to hurt Duterte's delicate, murderous feelings.
Trump is very sympathetic to leaders who murder their own people. He probably is envious, and that's why he's loathe to bring up violations of basic human rights in his meetings with those leaders.
Trump has brought America's reputation into the gutter, and it appears it will remain there as long as he's in the White House.