(The pertinent portion starts around the 4:30 mark.)
Here is a synopsis courtesy of Vox:
Putin generously offered to help Robert Mueller investigate Russian meddling in the election, despite the fact that Mueller’s investigation keeps indicting Russians.
But Trump seems pretty into the idea:
“I was fascinated by it,” Trump said, adding that Putin said, “Robert Mueller’s people could go with them, but they probably won’t.” Trump suggested this was because of political bias, not because, as one Republican representative put it, it “would be like bringing ISIS into a joint terrorism task force.”
“The 13 angry Democrats, you think they’ll want to go?” Trump quipped. “I don’t think so.”
Kind of like asking ISIS to help us deal with terrorism.
Trump’s remarks were in response to this question from Hannity:
“Did you like President Putin’s idea, Robert Mueller should go talk to him?”
Damn, why doesn’t Hannity just blow him on camera and call it a day?
Of course, according to Trump the real fly in his getting along with Putin ointment is the investigation.
Trump, of the investigation, said “it has driven a wedge between us and Russia”:
“Maybe we’ve just knocked that down wedge. But it has driven a wedge, and President Putin said that — one of the early things that he said when we started — it’s really a shame because we could do so much good, whether it is humanitarian aid throughout the Middle East, whether it’s not just Syria, so many different things. The safety of nuclear power, which ultimately, there is nothing bigger and more important.
And they drove a phony wedge. It’s a phony witch hunt, rigged deal. With guys like Peter Strzok and Comey and McCabe. The whole group and you can imagine who else. It’s a real shame.”
You know I have to agree with Trump here.
If it were not for the Russia investigations, and all of the scrutiny the media is paying to his interactions with Putin, I bet there are ALL KINDS of deals that he would be making with the Kremlin right now.
You know things like providing the Russians with access to our NSA files, welcoming hundreds of their spies back into the country as “diplomats,” doing away with all of those silly sanctions, and of course, giving Putin final say on American policies moving forward.
Actually, you know that last one I think he already has.
There were a few voices raised on Fox that were critical of Trump’s meeting with Putin and the following press conference.
But you can always count on good old Sean Hannity to suck up to Trump no matter what and ignore anything he does that might seem wrong, or ignorant, or even traitorous.
That is why he is Trump’s go-to guy when he starts to feel isolated and attacked from all sides.