President Trump met with Vladimir Putin of Russia…
And the media and Trump opponents went ballistic.
After the 2-hour private meeting – with only translators present – a joint news conference with Trump and Putin took place in Helsinki.
President Trump issued some terrible sound bites during that news conference … and the media swooped in for the kill.
He later clarified some of his statements … but there was no forgiveness.
Here are 7 things you should know about Trump-Russia-Media-Intelligence Agency relationships:
Fact #1: Politicians and the media are going crazy in unfairly attacking President Trump.
The president sometimes is guilty of:
- Making statements using poor word choice
- Making statement without adding proper context or clarification
I’m guilty of this … Democrat and Republican politicians – including past presidents – are guilty of this.
But the media shows no mercy on President Trump.
They cherry-pick and jump on these “mistakes”… making them the major news stories instead of focusing on the more important background events.
The slander against Trump is historic:
- Former CIA Director John Brennan called his press conference statements “treasonous”
- Politicians from both political parties called his performance “disgraceful”
- Others have said he’s in Vladimir Putin’s pocket … or that Putin must “have something” on Trump that he’s using to blackmail the U.S. president
Fact #2: It’s not just Russia: The leaders of Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and China are all “bad actors.”
All of these leaders have horrible human rights records … none of them are our friends…
But the U.S. must talk to world leaders … even the ones who are bad actors … even the ones who are not our friends.
To promote world peace and stability, the U.S. must seek to find common ground where possible … and that’s what President Trump has been doing.
Because he talks to these leaders does not mean he accepts or condones their policies.
President Trump is a salesman and deal-maker … he’s not approaching foreign policy in a bureaucratic, diplomatic style – which has failed miserably in the past 30 years at least…
He’s doing things differently … according to his own personality … and the career politicians and media elites can’t accept that.
Fact #3: Russia IS bad … but China is worse.
I have been opposed to communist Russia since high school … when I saw its brutality…
And now a former KGB leader is in charge of the country … persecuting Christians and trampling on individual rights and repressing freedom…
He’s trying to manipulate countries around the world – including the U.S.
And he has nuclear weapons…
No question Putin is a bad player … and President Trump has never said he’s not.
But why the singular focus on Russia when China is just as evil … if not worse:
- Their human rights record is just as bad as Russia’s if not worse.
- They persecute Christians and other religious minorities to a greater extent than Russia does.
- Their cyber attacks on our computer systems and our electric grid are much more sophisticated than those of Russia.
- They are stealing our technology and hurting us economically and in trade.
But the media – and opponents of Trump – are silent on China.
Fact #4: The hypocrisy of the media and the politicians is blatant – and ignored.
Career politicians and the media elite always acted as apologists for the Kremlin’s communist leaders…
But now – because of President Trump – they hate Putin more than they ever hated his predecessors in the Soviet Union.
And where is their outcry over the repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia … or Iran … or China?
Fact #5: Intelligence agency failures are being ignored … and covered up when exposed.
The media, establishment politicians and the Deep State deny political bias and inaccuracy in our intelligence agencies.
It’s not even possible anymore to have a discussion about past intelligence agency failures … or to question current “intelligence community assessments.”
If you do, you are labeled “un-American” – and if you are President of the United States and you do it a press conference with a foreign leader, you are “treasonous.”
It has been repeated ad nauseum since the final Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump presidential debate during the 2016 campaign that “17 intelligence agencies” concluded that the Russian government was responsible for the hacking of the DNC server and John Podesta’s emails.
James Clapper – former Director of National Intelligence – admitted a year later that the “17 intelligence agencies” claim was false … but it was far too late to correct the overall perception that had been created…
After Donald Trump stunned the world by winning the election, the “intelligence community” added motive to their claim of Russian hacking…
They did it to “help Trump win,” the intelligence agency heads and the politicians and the media repeat over and over … and over again.
Everyone now assumes this to be true because it’s been repeated so many times.
But no one can know the motive for a crime unless:
- The perpetrators confess as to their motive
- Eyewitnesses to the crime testify as to the motive of the perpetrators
- Motive is proven in a court of law
None of these requirements to prove motive have been fulfilled. Motive is simply assumed because the “intelligence community” said so.
And to question what we are told by the intelligence community is tantamount to being a traitor to the U.S. government.
It makes no difference that the leaders of the major U.S. intelligence agencies were partisan progressives and socialists who hated Donald Trump … and wanted to discredit and delegitimize the results of the 2016 election.
They have actually done more to “meddle” in the U.S. election process and attack our democracy than the Russians ever could have dreamed of…
So, while Trump has said he trusts the rank-and-file intelligence agents that do the hard work of gathering bits and pieces of information … he questions the integrity of the leadership that exhibits hatred and bias…
And he should.
The leadership and some of the key intelligence officers have been instrumental in the Deep State weaponization of intelligence agents to be partisan and political.
Trump could do a better job of explaining and clarifying his seemingly contradictory statements…
And don’t forget about the intelligence agency failure in Iraq in 2003 … when there was supposedly overwhelming evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – which turned out to be not true.
Fact #6: President Trump is more anti-Russia than President Obama ever was.
The Obama administration was extremely friendly to the Russian government:
- Obama approved of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “Reset Button” approach to foreign relations with Russia.
- Obama allowed the sale of 20% of U.S. uranium reserves to a Russian company.
- Obama mocked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign when Romney stated Russia was a major threat to the U.S.
- Also, during the 2012 campaign, Obama promised outgoing Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, “After my election I have more flexibility.”
In contrast, consider what President Trump has done:
- Provided lethal weapons to Ukraine to protect itself against attack from Russia
- Did not hesitate to retaliate against Syrian use of chemical weapons when he knew it would anger Russia
- Imposed sanctions against Russia that have gone beyond what Congress has asked for
- Encouraged NATO countries to become more aggressive in providing for their own defense against Russia
Fact #7: What needs to be done about Russian meddling in our elections.
While the media’s and intelligence community’s focus has always been on Russian attempts to hack into DNC servers, they also attempted to hack into GOP servers during the 2016 election cycle.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) believes Russia didn’t care who won the 2016 presidential election … they wanted to weaken the next U.S. president – and the U.S as a whole – by weakening our government.
Here are some things Congress should be doing to prevent future meddling by Russia and other foreign powers:
- Tighten our election security – stronger voter ID laws, paper ballots, restrictions on absentee voting, etc.
- Increase our cyber security – a cyber attack on our electric power grid would be much more damaging than hacking the emails of politicians
- Follow a “Trust but Verify” policy in seeking to reduce the threat of nuclear war
- Remove the Deep State corruption of our intelligence agencies … and end the weaponization of those agencies against Americans
Watch this video of Tucker Carlson’s opening monologue after President Trump “clarified” his much-criticized sound bite from the Helsinki news conference: (7:20). Watch here.
Watch this video interview of Senator Marco Rubio discussing the political fallout from the Trump-Putin summit – very articulate and informative (14 minutes):
Watch this interview of Professor Stephen Cohen – one of America’s most preeminent Russia scholars – on why President Trump was so viciously attacked over Russia (5 minutes):
Finally, watch this video of Senator Rand Paul (R-TN) discussing John Brennan’s comments regarding the Trump-Putin summit (4 minutes). Watch here.
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