Trump goes on early morning Twitter tirade in response to criticism over his press conference with Putin.

By |2018-07-18T16:02:25-08:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |44 Comments

So the Katy Tur tweet above accurately encapsulates what Trump said at the press conference, his lame attempt to walk it back the next day, and the press reaction to that attempt.

We also learned that it was NOT Trump’s idea to walk back his remarks.

In fact, he was forced to do so by his own Chief of Staff along with other advisers.

Courtesy of Vanity Fair:

As he flew home from Helsinki on Air Force One following his disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump reacted with surprise at the horror and outrage that was being expressed by much of the American political world. By the time he landed, the surprise had turned to anger. “He was enraged there was a lack of people out there defending him,” one Republican close to the White House told me. The mood among West Wing advisers was downright funereal. “This was the nightmare scenario,” another Republican in frequent contact with the administration said.

While National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to a source, thought Trump’s remarks were ill-advised, he believed that walking them back would only add fuel to the outrage pyre and make the president look weak. But Chief of Staff John Kelly was irate. According to a source, he told Trump it would make things worse for him with Robert Mueller. He also exerted pressure to try to get the president to walk back his remarks. According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan held televised press conferences to assert that Russia did meddle in the election.

However, after having a day to think it through Trump decided that he was going to ignore the criticisms and focus on what he saw as the positives of that meeting and press conference. 

Oh I see, so only dumb people thought what he said was treasonaous. Gotcha.

Well, Russia has already helped North Korea in the denuclearization talks, by convincing Trump to end the military exercises with South Korea, which is what Putin asked him to do. 

Not sure how that is helpful to America or their South Korean allies. 

Trump also tweeted this:

To be clear NOBODY is walking about going to war with Russia.

Not the Democrats, not the Republicans, not the Russians, only Donald Trump. 

And he is raising it as a possibility because he only understands the idea of using threats to get people to negotiate.

As a businessman, those threats were typically lawsuits, but now with his new powers, he can talk about military actions and even full-scale wars as deterrents.

However keep in mind that Trump is NOT threatening Russia with a possible military action, he is, after all, a Russian asset, no he is threatening America with the idea that war will come if they do not support his relationship with former KGB agent Vladimir Putin.  

Just let that roll around in your mind a little. 

Update: So it turns out that constant threats of war is an old tactic by the Soviets.

Courtesy of Brookings:

Dire predictions about foreign intervention leading to “World War III” aren’t merely the most predictable and laziest form of anti-interventionist “logic.” They’re also an insidious echo of Soviet propaganda, routinely deployed to undercut the West’s defense of democracy and important international norms.

At this point, Trump might as well have the Russian flag tattooed on his forehead. 

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  1. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Don’t forget the military parade coming in November.
    Nothing to do with the armed forces, but all about HIM.

  2. dvlaries July 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

    “…God only knows what Trump said in private with Putin. If the Russians recorded their conversation, not an unlikely possibility, one can only imagine the blackmail material they have now … especially if Trump is as guilty as he looked on Monday in Helsinki.

    If the Russians have audio of Trump admitting in any way to knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the “Pee Tape” will be left in deep shade. He has gotten away with being unspeakably gross ten dozen times by now. A digital recording of treason, however, might actually be enough to motivate the Republicans in Congress to actually act. …”

    As always, sublime:
    “Even Fox Commentators Agree: Putin’s Helsinki Hustle Humiliated Trump,” by William Rivers Pitt, truthout

    And this time, Pitt makes the McCain/Palin/Trump link too.

    • Anon July 18, 2018 at 7:29 am

      “McCain’s critique is all well and good, but in truth he is also deeply responsible for this mess: He paved the way for a Trump presidency by elevating Sarah Palin to national prominence, an act that introduced the US to the idea that a wholly unqualified right-wing noise machine could actually run the country. He should now sit back and own this mess right alongside enablers like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

      The GOP has been slow-cooking this Trump stew for 40 years”

      • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

        McCain has always been a POS. Look at his history, yet considers himself a war hero when, in fact, he sand like a bird in captivity.
        Palin will forever be his legacy. I don’t care HOW much Meghan cries on “The View.”

  3. Beaglemom July 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Doesn’t Don the Con have anything to do in the morning – like briefings, meetings, letters to dictate and to sign? Since he doesn’t seem to have any presidential work to do, does he ever take the time to spend a couple of hours with his child, the one who is also housed in the White House? It seems to me that other presidents had things to do – routine presidential things. All Don the Con does is tweet – all the time. When President Obama did tweet, it was to announce some new initiative or to congratulate some person or group for a real achievement. His tweets were always positive; Don the Con’s are either self-congratulory or, if they regard anyone else, they’re insults. Someone needs to pry his little fingers aways from that phone.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 7:32 am

      “It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome,” he says.
      Think he and Queen Heifer don’t talk?

      • joann mcdevitt July 18, 2018 at 9:55 am

        It was said on Fox News 20 minutes before Trump said it.As per usual.

    • Marthe July 18, 2018 at 7:41 am

      “According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump.”

      So, the Republicans need an authorization from the White House before they can speak their mind? How pathetic, spineless and disrespectful of their constituents is that? They have no integrity, no principles and no dignity. Shame on them.

      I also have a feeling that John Kelly’s days as Chief of Staff are numbered since the emperor with no clothes cannot accept criticism of any kind.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 11:01 am

      From what I’ve gathered over the years, morning activities for US Presidents USUALLY consist of reading and discussing intelligence briefings and meeting with staff or members of Congress to discuss national and international issues.

      Since Trump cannot read OR understand written material, particularly at the complexity level of national intelligence briefings, HIS briefings must be limited to one page, include lots of pictures and graphs, and have a vocabulary level of about 2nd grade. In order to maintain his interest, all written materials must include his name numerous times within the text, so there’s not much space left for actual information, but that’s okay because learning is for libtard snowflakes. He already knows everything about everything and is a stable genius (just ask him!), so he doesn’t need to waste his time meeting with advisers because he’s smarter than all of them anyway.

      Once he completes his morning Poop ‘n Tweet, he has lots of time left for watching his favorite television programs on his favorite channel because they are the only ones who TRULY understand and appreciate his amazingness. He always keeps his phone handy in case he needs to Tweet something important, like an insult to our allies or a reminder that there was “NO COLLUSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (That’s his favorite phrase this month, in case you hadn’t heard!).

      No wonder he’s so exhausted that he needs to spend several weekends a month at one of his golf resorts (have you heard that all of his resorts are spectacular and you really SHOULD go visit and spend lots of money!)! Who knew that being Precedent would be so hard???????? (Or was that “wouldn’t”?)

  4. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 7:32 am

    So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki.

    Two words Trump should refrain from using, intelligence and performance.

    • Anon July 18, 2018 at 11:11 am

      A 3rd word > love

  5. Marthe July 18, 2018 at 7:36 am

    “According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump.”

    So, the Republicans need an authorization from the White House before they can speak their mind? How pathetic, spineless and disrespectful of their constituents is that? They have no integrity, no principles and no dignity. Shame on them.

    I also have a feeling that John Kelly’s days as Chief of Staff are numbered since the emperor with no clothes cannot accept criticism of any kind.

  6. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 7:37 am
    • anonymous July 18, 2018 at 7:50 am

      ~IT~ trickle$ down…”I am a Republican today because of Ronald Reagan.”
      ” Since Donald J. Trump has been president, he alone has increased the national debt by over $1 TRILLION. Yes. One TRILLION dollars. The fastest any president in U.S. history has accrued that level of debt.”
      “the American people. >We have been called “stupid,” “weak,” “a joke” and “pathetic,” all by OUR own president.” ” verily I say unto you today, if we do not stop this man now, today, over 500 days into his presidency, we will be equally culpable in what he has planned for our great nation. President Trump thinks you are a fOOl. ” “Today, we will stand with our better angels. We will stand with those who seek to transcend the common detritus of the ordinary and become citizens of that shining city on the hill that Reagan spoke of so long ago.” RIGHT^

      • anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:08 am

        “Kudlow told host Jim Kramer that he loves his White House position because “it’s not so much a job, it’s an honor.””“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had, if you want to know the truth,”
        ““I think he’s greatly underrated, in that respect,” the economic adviser opined. “He thinks and processes. He loves facts, figures, charts. He’s very attentive. When he disagrees he’ll let you know.””

        • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

          “He loves facts, figures, charts. He’s very attentive. ”

          I laughed so hard when I read that I think I caused some internal damage.

      • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:15 am

        7:50 AM – “I love the poorly educated,” and they love him right back.
        My GAWD how stupid can people be, and complicit Congress that does nothing to stop it.

  7. Anon July 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

    ‘“on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization.”’

    ‘rump “smells like an agent of the Kremlin.”’

    “On Tuesday, Trump read a scripted walk-back in which he said he accepted the intelligence agencies’ findings, although he added that there could have been other actors besides Russia interfering as well.

    On Wednesday, however, Trump was back to attacking critics of his meeting with Putin — and he said that he and Putin “got along well.”

    While appearing on Fox, Conway urged viewers to simply focus on Trump’s scripted statements about the meeting.

    “People should look at what the president said yesterday,” she insisted. “He stands with intelligence, he accepts the finding, he knows that Russia meddled in the election. But let’s make very clear — did it impact a single vote? No.”” WRONG CONblowJOB.

  8. ANON July 18, 2018 at 8:02 am

    “Shapiro then went on to say that he was particularly horrified by the possibility of Trump extraditing McFaul as a way to stick it to former President Barack Obama.

    “Under no circumstances can the US government permit, or even contemplate, making those who have served the US government faithfully available to the spurious ‘investigations’ of our adversaries,” he writes. “They owe it to past, current, and future US officials to uphold that principle.”

    He then calls on Trump administration officials to forcefully squash the notion that they would even consider letting Trump go through with such a scheme.

    “This issue could not be more serious,” he concludes. “Putin’s political opponents often wind up dead. The idea of a former US officials being questioned, arrested, or, God forbid, harmed by Russia needs to be rejected forcefully by the Administration. Today.””

    ““Republicans on Capitol Hill are terrified,” Will said. “They have individual terror and collective terror. The individual terror is that they will be individually attacked by the president, thereby costing them a third of their vote. The collective terror is, that if Congress seems to turn on the president, Republicans in Congress, he will attack congress thereby depressing the turnout, thereby costing them the House, certainly, and perhaps the Senate.”

    Will said the president’s insecurities were bottomless, and that explains everything about his behavior.

    “I think he is the most insecure human being I’ve ever seen,” “

  9. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Queen of England wore brooch from Obama to mark Trump’s UK visit

    Queen Elizabeth may have thrown some royal shade at Trump during his visit to the U.K. last week.

    Queen Elizabeth may have marked Trump’s visit to the U.K. last Thursday by throwing some royal shade in his direction, choosing to wear a brooch given to her by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on the first day of the visit.

    The Obamas reportedly handpicked the vintage brooch, which they gave to the Queen during a 2011 visit. She wore the bejeweled ornament during a subsequent dinner with the Obamas and then apparently put it away with the rest of her collection — until last week.

    The Queen is known for her attention to detail, particularly when it comes to her symbolic fashion picks, which she often uses to convey social and political messages.

    That she chose to wear a brooch given to her by the Obamas on the first day of Trump’s U.K. visit was not likely a coincidence, nor were her next few selections.

    The day after Trump’s arrival in England, when the Queen actually met with him, she wore the same diamond brooch that her mother wore to her father’s funeral.

    And on Trump’s final day in the U.K., Queen Elizabeth pulled out the Sapphire Jubilee Brooch that she received as a gift from Canada last year. The public gesture of support for Canada came just after Trump repeatedly insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and started a trade war with our neighbor to the north.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Speculation. Who’s to say?
      That Princes Charles, William, and Harry said, “no WAY in double hockeys are we showing up for that!”
      You gotta love it.

      Some days it sucks to be queen. I wouldn’t blame her if she threw back a double scotch when she got home.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

      The brooch from the Obamas was worn on a bright BLUE outfit. Coincidence?

  10. anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:05 am

    ‘Richard Clarke, the Former U.S. National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss the fallout of President Trump siding with Russia over his own Intelligence Agencies at the Putin-Trump summit yesterday in Helsinki, Finland. David Graeber, author of “B******t Jobs” talks about how many of us are working meaningless jobs.’

  11. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

    GOP afraid to go on TV to answer questions about Trump’s Russia fiasco

    Congressional Republicans are telling cable news bookers, “‘Thanks, but no thanks,” after Trump created another massive political headache during his press conference with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

    Republicans don’t want to face questions about Trump’s attacks on U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies and his stunning capitulations to Putin. They especially don’t want to be pressed on why they aren’t doing anything to try to contain Trump’s damaging behavior.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Tah Dah! They “work” for us, so the ? is, “why not?”
      Like Horseshack, Welcome Back Kotter, here’s me with my hand waving in the air.
      “oooh, I know! Pick me! Pick me!”

  12. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Republicans are endangering America with cowardly responses to Trump

    …You might think that finally — finally — Trump’s hideous, public betrayal of America would be enough to make the Republican Party turn a corner and realize that it has to stop making excuses and covering for his behavior.

    It would be nice if this were true. It’s not.

    First of all, even the most passionately worded critiques of Trump from Republicans so far — yes, even McCain’s fiery, on-point decrial of Trump’s “conscious choice to defend a tyrant” — have fallen embarrassingly short.

    That’s because even strong words are just words. Trump’s harshest “critics” in the GOP are still failing to demand any concrete action whatsoever to keep Trump in check.

    The best McCain can do is express his “hope” that Americans “are not waiting totally in vain” for Trump to fulfill his responsibilities as president.

    The best Flake can do is tell reporters that he’s planning to introduce a strongly worded, non-binding Senate resolution to counter Trump’s pro-Russia rhetoric — but that wouldn’t force Trump to do anything he doesn’t want to do, and appears to fall short of an official Senate censure against Trump.

    And even that weak measure will probably still fail to gain GOP support because it dares to defend special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Politico’s Jake Sherman reports that congressional Republicans are throwing up their hands in interviews with him. Most of their comments, he says, boil down to “What the hell do you want us to do?”

    Brian Beutler, editor in chief of Crooked Media, promptly tweeted a list of suggestions for what the hell Republicans can do: force Trump to disclose his tax returns, subpoena his business records, pass a bill that actively protects Robert Mueller, impeach and remove Trump for his high crimes and misdemeanors, and more.

  13. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Kavanaugh says he wants to overturn SCOTUS rulings. What’s on his list?

    Trump’s extremist Supreme Court pick has an agenda, and he’s not shy about it.

    Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s extremist pick for the Supreme Court, is not like other nominees.

    Nominees aren’t supposed to have an agenda. Their personal opinions about issues, and particularly about prior court rulings, aren’t supposed to matter.

    That’s why, during confirmation hearings, they routinely answer that they would of course uphold rulings that came before them because they are “settled law.”

    “Judges are like umpires,” Chief Justice John Roberts famously said during his confirmation hearing in 2005, when he vowed that he did not have an agenda. “Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them.”

    That, apparently, is not Kavanaugh’s position, even though he has said he agrees with that very analogy — to a point. He has an agenda, and he has not tried to hide it.

    In 2016, Kavanaugh addressed the conservative American Enterprise Institute, where he openly admitted he has his sights set on at least one Supreme Court ruling he wants to overturn.

  14. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) never misses an opportunity to defend Russia, even if it means attacking the United States of America in the process.

    Less than a month after riding in a parade celebrating America’s independence, Rohrabacher appeared on Bloomberg TV to defend Russian criminals who interfered with the 2016 election, refusing to unilaterally condemn the illegal Russian activities.

    “We can’t blame Putin for looking out for the interests of Russia when we helped overthrow the government of Ukraine, for Pete’s sake,” Rohrabacher said.

    …When given the opportunity to unequivocally condemn Russia for crimes committed 2016 election, Rohrabacher passed.

    After months of denials, Rohrabacher finally acknowledged Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but in the same breath attacked the U.S. using a massive qualifier: “But what the point is, we meddle in their elections. We meddle all over the world at a much higher rate than what Moscow does, and maybe it’s all wrong.”

    Throughout the entire interview, Rohrabacher never criticized the Russian criminal activity without also attacking the United States. He never admitted Russia was actively seeking to support Trump in 2016. Watching the interview, it is not difficult to see how Rohrabacher earned the nickname “Putin’s favorite congressman.”

    Rohrabacher has a long history with the Russian dictator, from a drunken armwrestling match in a Washington, D.C., dive bar (Rohrabacher lost), to lashing out against U.S. intelligence agencies, calling them “liars” for blaming Russia for criminal activities in the 2016 election.

    As SoCal Daily previously reported:

  15. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Trump: I meant the complete opposite of what I said about Russia

    Remember Trump’s disastrous summit with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Monday?

    You know, the one where Trump made it perfectly clear he trusts Putin more than he does U.S. intelligence agencies?

    The one that CIA director John Brennan found so shocking and abhorrent he called Trump’s behavior “treasonous“?

    The one that sparked so much national outrage, even some Republicans grudgingly admitted that Trump did a bad thing?

    Yeah, now Trump wants you to believe that the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.

    …This claim is obviously absurd to anyone who watched the rest of Trump’s press conference.

    It wasn’t just that single line that shocked the world. It was the whole presser. In context, it was very clear Trump meant what he said — and he said it multiple times, in multiple ways.

  16. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Former White House Stenographer Speaks Out: ‘Trump Was Lying To The American People’
    Beck Dorey-Stein told CNN that Trump doesn’t like using stenographers because he doesn’t care about the truth.

    A former White House stenographer said Wednesday that she resigned because President Donald Trump was “lying to the American people.”

    The stenographer, Beck Dorey-Stein, joined the White House in 2012 during Barack Obama’s presidency. But she “couldn’t be proud” of working in the White House under Trump, she told CNN on Wednesday, and resigned in early 2017.

    “I was so proud to serve under the Obama administration,” Dorey-Stein said. “And I felt like President Trump was lying to the American people and not even trying … to tell the truth.”

  17. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Republicans Are Having A Hard Time Rationalizing Trump’s Helsinki Performance
    All they’ve got are weak justifications and non sequiturs.

    Trump’s performance in Helsinki on Monday has evoked some of the strongest, most negative reactions of his presidency. All but the most sycophantic Trump supporters are distancing themselves from his refusal to condemn Russia’s plot to manipulate the 2016 U.S. election and his equivocation over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for it.

    Republican Party leaders have mostly criticized Trump by implication ― expressing their own personal support for the intelligence establishment and their belief in its conclusion that the Russian state is behind the cyberattack. But some have taken on Trump more directly, saying they were “troubled” or “dismayed” by the president’s “blindness to Putin’s hostile acts.”

    That doesn’t mean the outrage will last, however. GOP anger with Trump has been known to dissipate quickly, with supporters picking up a set of excuses for why the president’s behavior wasn’t as outrageous or reprehensible as it seemed at first blush. And it may be happening again.

  18. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:40 am

    NRA’s alleged Russian spy ‘offered sex’ for job with ‘special interest organization’: court filing

    Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who has been accused by the American government of being a spy, allegedly offered sex to an unnamed official in exchange for a job with an unnamed “special interest organization.”

    In a new court filing, the FBI alleges that Butina during her time in the United States cohabitated with an unidentified 56-year-old man as part of her cover while conducting her work in the United States.

    “Butina, age 29, and U.S. Person 1, age 56, are believed to have cohabitated and been involved in a personal relationship during the course of Butina’s activities in the United States,” the filing states. “But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as simply a necessary aspect of her activities.”

    To back up this assertion, the FBI goes on to claim that “on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization.”

    It is not known from the filing what job Butina was seeking or whether her offer of sex in exchange for the job was accepted, however.

    Butina, who was arrested this week on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent, has worked for years to forge ties between Russia and the National Rifle Association.

  19. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

    The internet scalds Trump for ‘false choice’ of war with Russia or surrender to Putin: ‘That’s a Kremlin talking point’

    ‘You should be so proud that you got along with an autocratic thug who attacked your country, represses his citizens, invades a neighbor, and threatens journalists and opponents at home and board (who often end up dead). What a big boy you are! Have a cookie.’

    ‘The Trump post-Helsinki apology tour sure was brief. Also, “The only alternatives are: suck up to Moscow or we go to war with Russia” is a classic, decades-old Kremlin propaganda trope. Odd, no?’

  20. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:46 am

    The View’s Sara Haines busts ‘puppet’ Trump: Putin calls him Donald — and he calls Putin ‘president’

    The View” co-host Sara Haines noticed something about President Donald Trump’s relationship to Russian president Vladimir Putin — he won’t use his name.

    Haines went back and looked at the transcript of the joint news conference between Trump and Putin, and she noticed a subtle disparity in their relationship to one another.

    …But something jumped out at Haines as she studied the transcripts.

    “The only time a first name is mentioned in the transcript was when President Putin called him Donald one time,” Haines aid. “Then he replied every time with Mr. Putin.”

    It’s actually even worse than that. The name Mr. Putin is used in the transcripts only once, by RT reporter Ilya Petrenko.

    Putin called the U.S. president Mr. Trump once, Mr. President six times, the president four times and Donald once.

    “We are glad with the outcome of our first full-scale meeting because previously we only had a chance to talk briefly on international fora,” Putin said. “We had a good conversation with President Trump, and I hope that we start to understand each other better. And I’m grateful to Donald for it.”

    The two men referred to one another as President Trump or President Putin numerous times, while Trump three times deferred to Putin as “the president” when asked about the possible extradition of 12 Russian nationals indicted in the special counsel probe.

    “Frankly, I’m going to let the president speak to the second part of your question,” Trump said. “But just to say it one time again, and I say it all the time: There was no collusion. I didn’t know the president. There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign. And every time you hear all of these — you know, 12 and 14 — it’s stuff that has nothing to do — and frankly, they admit, these are not people involved in the campaign.”

    Co-host Joy Behar was struck by the apparent imbalance in respect the Russian president had for his American counterpart.

    “The puppet is supposed to be nice to the string master,” Behar said.

  21. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Maria Butina, Who Infiltrated NRA and GOP Has Ties to Russian Intelligence: Prosecutors

    She had a handwritten note pondering whether to work for the Kremlin, according to a court filing, and was sleeping with a man believed to be a GOP powerbroker.

    …Butina’s major U.S. political contact – and apparent lover – allegedly “visited a U-Haul truck rental facility” the day before her arrest, suggesting for the first time a rationale for the timing of her arrest the day before a high profile Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit in Helsinki.

    “FBI surveillance over the past week has confirmed that Butina has access to funds and an intention to move money outside of the United States,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

    The revelation of Butina’s arrest and charging this week opened another front in a multifaceted saga of Russian influence in American politics. While Butina and her alleged work on behalf of Russia touched the Trump campaign (she tried to set up a 2016 meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin and in 2015 prompted Trump to say he would “get along very nicely with Putin”), her activities in America went deeper. Through essentially infiltrating the NRA over her stated interest in Russian gun rights, Butina sought to use the supremely influential U.S. gun lobby to pivot U.S. right-wing politics in a pro-Russia direction, an FBI affidavit alleged Monday.

    But Butina’s principal Russian liaison wasn’t known to be an intelligence official. Instead, it was a man identified in court documents only as a “Russian official” but who is widely understood to be Torshin, a former Russian elected official from Putin’s United Russia party. Torshin, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, met in August 2015 with pro-Russia GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher, someone to whom the affidavit alludes but did not name.

    Only now, federal prosecutors allege that Butina has substantial ties to Russian intelligence as well, deepening the intrigue around the young Russian widely seen around D.C. – and the potential legal liability for her numerous American contacts in the NRA and GOP politics.

    Trump Tanks His Own Putin Walk-Back During One of the ‘Worst Moments of His Presidency’
    If Trump’s explanation for why he botched his Putin press conference didn’t sound believable, there was a reason—even he didn’t buy it.

    …The frenzy began Monday afternoon, as President Trump’s staff was already in full-throttle damage-control mode, gaming out well into the next day how the president and his team would patch things up after the fiasco in Helsinki.

    According to two people familiar with the day’s events, the president was still absorbing well into Tuesday much of the brutal coverage and commentators’ assessments of the Trump-Putin joint press conference and was visibly annoyed at the near-uniformity of stunningly negative media reactions to his performance.

    He stewed and dug in his heels for hours, resenting that he was widely portrayed as “weak” and having been “played” by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that he wasn’t getting the kudos he felt he deserved.

    …Those remarks also do not appear to contain a qualifier that Trump added after his public concession that Russia did, in fact, seek to sway the 2016 election. “It could be other people also. There’s a lot of people out there,” Trump said, in an apparent departure from the prepared version of his comments.

    And it was a departure made by a man caught between the demands of the self-inflicted public-relations catastrophe of the moment and his instinct never to back down and never to give the adversarial press and his political enemies a scalp.

    Sure enough, following Trump’s attempt at repairing the political damage caused by his conduct overseas, cable news lit up with talking heads and journalists weighing in on how the president who brands himself the ultimate counterpuncher had just been forced into a corner and forced to back down, at least superficially.

    By Tuesday evening, as Trump retreated to the residence, it became increasingly clear that—even after participating in a painfully staged attempt at clarification from the White House—he would not be getting the credit and plaudits from the media to which he feels entitled.

    “[He’s] going to hate this,” a West Wing official bluntly assessed Tuesday afternoon, predicting yet more fuming and rage-tweeting over this in the coming days, if not hours.

  22. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Trump Just Committed A Crime Against The US By Claiming Russia Isn’t Targeting The US

    …Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, has said that Russia is targeting the 2018 election. Former Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said that Russia is targeting the 2018 election. The heads of every single US intelligence agency have said during Congressional testimony that Russia is targeting the midterm election. The Trump administration has been trying to downplay the Russian efforts, but a claim that Russia isn’t targeting the US is flat-out false.

    Trump is refusing to protect the United States of America. He is violating his oath to protect and defend the country. The president is working against the national security apparatus of the United States of America.

    The President is intentionally making America less safe. It is a crime against his own country, and if Republicans don’t stop him, the American people will.

  23. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Drinking Toilet Water, Widespread Abuse: Report Details ‘Torture’ For Child Detainees
    In a new court filing, migrant children and their parents describe being forced to “strip naked,” hunger and physical assault.

    Over the course of four days in June, Keylin says, U.S. Border Patrol guards would kick her body to keep her awake throughout the night. The 16-year-old, whose last name was redacted from court documents, told a lawyer that she would lie in fear on the cement floor of the Border Patrol station in Texas, surrounded by chain-link fence. She was separated from her mother, who had been held at gunpoint three times in Honduras, after they crossed the U.S. border.

    According to a court filing, Keylin says the female guards also made girls “strip naked” in front of them before taking a shower, so they could leer at their bodies (her mother, Daise, corroborated her daughter’s account in a statement she gave to a lawyer). She adds that guards called the group of migrants “filthy” and “made fun of us.”

    Keylin barely ate because she says the food was frozen, and she wasn’t given a toothbrush or toothpaste. Though she says the cells were so cold that she shivered and developed pain in her leg, the teen kept quiet. The guards said that anyone with an injury would be detained longer, and she couldn’t take that chance.

    “I was very frightened and depressed the entire time,” Keylin told a lawyer on June 29, after she had been transferred to a family detention center and reunited with her mother. “I am still depressed. I also have nightmares and a lot of anxiety because of the separation.” At the time of their June 29 declaration, there was no plan for Keylin and her mother’s release.

    …Peter Schey, the executive director of the law center’s foundation, wrote in the case filing that roughly 90 percent of the testimony he and a team of about 100 lawyers collected is “shocking and atrocious” and that the children they’ve spoken to were “crying, trembling, hungry, thirsty, sleepless, sick, and terrified.”

    “The treatment of these children amounts to torture,” Schey told HuffPost, adding that the situation has become worse under the Trump administration. “We see a policy of enforced hunger, enforced dehydration and enforced sleeplessness coupled with routine insults and physical assaults.”

    • Beaglemom July 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

      What has been happening in this country is simply beyond rational comprehension. Who would have thought that we could fall so quickly and so deeply into the abyss? Our outrage over the kidnapping and mistreatment of asylum-seeking children and adults has not been put on a back burner this week while we struggle to get used to having an outright treasonous president still allowed to live in the White House.

      • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

        And broken record me, Beaglemom, we’re only 18 months in. I DO blame the media a LOT.
        It’s all shiny object fluff until the next yuge story.

      • Anon July 18, 2018 at 11:22 am


      • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        Face it, there is no investigative journalism any more and there hasn’t been for years.
        Even local news is all bobblehead “yuk yuk yuk” feel good entertainment. I turn it OFF.
        Turn on cable and watch a panel scream over each other as to whom is right?

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