President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is over. They had a press conference, and all hell broke loose. Was it the Trump White House’s best moment? There’s a lot to suggest no, but the overreach by the media never ceases to amaze. Trump is being accused of outright treason or failing to forcefully push back against Putin and the interference operation they allegedly engaged in during the 2016 election. We’ll never know the full extent because a) Russia won’t extradite the 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted by the Department of Justice last week, or the dozen or so Russians who ran a troll farm before that; b) because they won’t be tried in a court, the charges will never face scrutiny and the facts never fully fleshed out. It’s all for show. Interference is different from hacking. Our election as not hacked. No vote totals were changed. Trump still won fair and square. Also, John Podesta’s email account wasn’t really hacked per se; he fell for a phishing email. It’s hardly a sophisticated attack, but one that yielded very damning information, relevant information, about the Democrats and Hillary Clinton. It aired their dirty laundry. It caused more division within the ranks over dynamics between the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and Bernie Sanders. This, plus Clinton losing, caused the Left to look for a crutch. Alas, Russiagate was born. It’s been over a year and there is still zero evidence that the Kremlin colluded with the Trump team to win an election.
Yet, where many seem to have on the Hill and in the media hyperventilating, is the president seemingly throwing the intelligence community under the bus. They called it the Treason Summit, or something along the lines of Capitulation Theater. As for the deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations, Trump blamed both sides. The echoes of Charlottesville can be heard, though this is an entirely different situation. Now, Trump said today that he accepts the FBI, CIA, and NSA highly confident assessment that the Russians meddled in our election, though it’s been erroneously reported that the entire IC signed off on this. That’s not true, even former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had to remind Congress of this.
Either way, the anti-Trump media went into full meltdown mode again, though not every liberal reporter is sold on this Russian collusion nonsense. Michael Tracey, formerly of The Young Turks, noted how it’s a long-standing tradition for leaders to flatter one another, even when relations are in the toilet. And yeah, Obama did it too.
CNN's John King: "You should call this the Surrender Summit." #TrumpPutin— Cortney O'Brien (@obrienc2) July 16, 2018
No issue in recent history has more ruthlessly enforced conformity and stifled alternate perspectives than Trump/Russia. There is a consensus view, and if you depart from it, you are ostracized. End of story. And it’s only getting worse— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 17, 2018
It's incredible that so many people are responding to what they see as an authoritarian, anti-democratic menace by screaming TREASON, which is perhaps the most quintessentially authoritarian tactic pic.twitter.com/iG3nRaNpCl— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 17, 2018
"Act of war" isn't just incendiary phrasing. It's justification for retaliatory military action. Political figures using this terminology need to be challenged on what exactly it is that they're advocating pic.twitter.com/OsHYzW6Zt9— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 17, 2018
Why do so-called "progressives" think a political climate dominated by accusations of Treason and foreign subversion is going to be conducive to their interests? Have they ever looked at history? Or are their brains so addled by Trump that history has been thrown out the window— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 16, 2018
If two years of 'Russiagate' has taught us nothing else, it's that it will always get progressively dumber— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 16, 2018
So once again the big critique of Trump is that he’s insufficiently combative with foreign leaders, and thereby has committed treason. Healthy political climate— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 16, 2018
Comparing hacked emails to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 is deranged. Epically, breathtakingly deranged https://t.co/FwkSoD9XCs— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 16, 2018
The "Russia attacked this country" rhetoric only makes sense if you equate John Podesta's gmail account with "this country." That's an extreme logical leap, and unsurprisingly, millions of Americans don't buy it— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 15, 2018
There's nothing unusual about American and Russian leaders flattering one another, even when relations are strained, in pursuit of mutual diplomatic objectives. You can chant "THIS IS NOT NORMAL" all you want, but sorry -- it's normal pic.twitter.com/PrYEXYw0vQ— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 16, 2018
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “this is essentially an open call or further Russian intervention.” Oh, and he called out the GOP, saying they’re complicit in the “betrayal of American interests.” No Republican cares, dude. Everyone knows the Democrats are blowing anything Trump does out of proportion. They hit the mute button—as they should on anything the Democrats have to say on this matter. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed this by suggesting without evidence that Putin has something on the president. This is insane.
Mr. Schiff, Obama made the call for more intervention more than explicitly clear when he did next to nothing to confront the Russian interference under his watch. Former CIA Director Michael Morell said they "failed miserably" in their actions against the Russians to deter them from attempting this again. Sen. Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Obama choked on this front. Many Democrats feel that the Obama White House could have done more, even The Washington Post, who reported on how the former president responded to the Russian interference, makes it clear he dropped the ball. It was a huge fumble. Even CNN was asking if the Obama White House was asleep at the switch. So, if you want to hurl criticism, you have to include the former president. I’ll let you decide whether this presser was a total disaster. The reaction to it makes it seem like Trump share the nuclear codes with Russia.
Democrats and the Left need to accept that the Russian meddling was not successful, it did not alter the election, and there was no collusion. Should we do everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Yes, but it’s also true that we’re not so clean in the interfering in other nation’s elections, especially in the most recent election in Israel. This is just another facet of geopolitics and spy gaming. China has executed far more damaging hacks against our country, by the way. And Obama didn’t blow a gasket, and the media didn’t either. So, let’s simmer down a bit. Still, even some of the president's former staff, like former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said this presser was a wreck for Trump, which needs immediate fixing (via CNN):
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called on President Donald Trump Tuesday to "reverse course immediately" and walk back some of the statements he made during the news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Trump's made a very big mistake here. He's got to reverse course immediately," Scaramucci said in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."
Standing beside Putin on Monday in Helsinki, Finland, Trump declined to endorse the US government's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn't "see any reason why" Russia would be responsible. Trump also touted Putin's vigorous denial of Russian involvement.
The presdient admitted today that he misspoke. Newt Gingrich called it "the most serious mistake" made during this presidency so far. We'll see what happens.Frankly, everyone needs to simmer down. We're comparing this to the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks, folks. It's none of this.
On the collusion front, let's revisit that one could make the argument that there’s a case against the Clinton campaign, which retained Fusion GPS, who then hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile an opposition research file on Trump using Kremlin sources.
Source A was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 25, 2017
Kremlin gave info to Christopher Steele. His oppo-research was paid for by the Clinton campaign. If that's not collusion, what is?— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 25, 2017