Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Trump on Putin: "I respect Putin and Russians..."
Well, do we blame Donnie Little Hands for respecting Putin? Afterall, Donnie's pal, Vlad, helped Donnie get the White House.
U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack
U.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.
The latest intelligence said to show Putin's involvement goes much further than the information the U.S. was relying on in October, when all 17 intelligence agencies signed onto a statement attributing the Democratic National Committee hack to Russia. The statement said officials believed that "only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."
That was an intelligence judgment based on an understanding of the Russian system of government, which Putin controls with absolute authority. Now the U.S has solid information tying Putin to the operation, the intelligence officials say. Their use of the term "high confidence" implies that the intelligence is nearly incontrovertible.
More praise from Donnie for the former head of the Communist KGB:
June 2013: Trump wonders if Putin will be his "new best friend" "Will he become my new best friend?" Trump asked of Putin in a tweet wondering whether Putin would attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant Trump brought to Moscow.
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US "I think he's done really a great job of outsmarting our country,"
Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" about similarities between him and Putin, Trump pointed to their appearance on same edition of "60 Minutes." "I think the biggest thing we have is that we were on '60 Minutes' together and we had fantastic ratings. One of your best-rated shows in a long time," Trump joked. "So that was good, right? So we were stable mates."
Dec. 17, 2015: Trump returns Putin's praise Donald Trump issued a statement after Putin praised the real estate mogul as a "talented person" and "the absolute leader of the presidential race." "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond,"
Feb. 17: Trump says he'd be "crazy" to disavow Putin's praise "I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius. He said Donald trump is a genius and he is going to be the leader of the party and he's going to be the leader of the world or something,"
Trump said, embellishing Putin's praise. "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him,"
Trump said. "I've already said, he is really very much of a leader. I mean, you can say, 'Oh, isn't that a terrible thing — the man has very strong control over a country.'
"Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system. But certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
Note this part: "I mean, you can say, 'Oh, isn't that a terrible thing — the man has very strong control over a country.'
" Part of the reason that Putin is so popular is precisely that: He has strong control over his country. That control takes many forms, one of which is that he has zero tolerance for dissenting media opinions.
Donnie told America what he admires most about Putin -- he's a totalitarian who does not allow dissenting opinions from a free press -- zero tolerance meaning death to those who have dissenting opinions.
Donald Trump, President-elect, likes and admires that in a leader.
Think about that.