When asked if Russia is still targeting US, Trump answers “No.”

By |2018-07-19T06:33:41+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |26 Comments

Did you hear that? Sounded pretty clear to me.

And to the New York Times as well:

President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia was no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his own intelligence chief and just a day after promising that his administration was working to prevent Kremlin interference in the upcoming midterm elections.

The president’s changing statements on his perception of Russia’s intentions toward the United States underscore concerns that Mr. Trump does not believe American intelligence officials.

In brief remarks ahead of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said Mr. Putin was not happy because “there’s never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been.”

Now, of course, Trump’s newest response once again refutes what DNI Dan Coats said earlier this week:

Every day, foreign actors — the worst offenders being Russia, China, Iran and North Korea — are penetrating our digital infrastructure and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States. The targets range from U.S. businesses to the federal government (including our military), to state and local governments, to academic and financial institutions and elements of our critical infrastructure — just to name a few. The attacks come in different forms. Some are tailored to achieve very tactical goals while others are implemented for strategic purpose, including the possibility of a crippling cyber attack against our critical infrastructure.

All of these disparate efforts share a common purpose: to exploit America’s openness in order to undermine our long-term competitive advantage.

In regards to the state actions, Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor — no question. And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy. In regards to the upcoming midterm elections, I think there may have been some confusion between what we are seeing now compared to what we saw in 2016. As the Department of Homeland Security noted, we are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter databases that we experienced in 2016. However, we fully realize that we are just one click of the keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself. Therefore, and moreover, we are seeing aggressive attempts to manipulate social media and to spread propaganda focused on hot-button issues that are intended to exacerbate socio-political divisions. Despite public statements by the Kremlin to the contrary, we continue to see individuals affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency creating new social media accounts, masquerading as Americans, and then using these accounts to draw attention to divisive issues. We have learned, just before this meeting, about the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officials relative to their role in 2016.

So it would seem that Trump is once again refusing to acknowledge the evidence presented to him by his own Director of National Intelligence. 

But just hold on there people who believe their own ears, because Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that you did not hear what you totally heard.

Wait. So Donald Trump did NOT say that he does not think Russia is targeting America, and we only THINK he said that Russia is no longer targeting America?

So now not only do the Democrats, the Mueller team, the women making accusations, and the media lie constantly lie to us, but now our own eas can no longer be trusted. 

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  1. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    How many different ways does Trump have to say it?’: MSNBC’s Katy Tur slams GOP for refusing to believe Trump trusts Putin first

    …“Here we are, another day and another attempt by this White House to walk back something the president said about the intelligence community,” she said.

    She wondered what it would take for people to understand that President Trump does not actually believe Russia meddled into the 2016 presidential elections.

    “How many different ways does President Trump have to say it for everyone, including Republicans in Congress, to believe it? He does not accept the intelligence on Russia. Does he literally have to stand next to Vladimir Putin on Monday and tell the world that he doesn’t believe his own intelligence chiefs?” she asked.

    Watch below.


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  2. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    ‘Oops he did it again’: CNN’s Jake Tapper brutally mocks Trump’s ‘stunning contradictions’ in latest Putin excuses

    …“The White House just said that President Trump really meant ‘yes,’ when he said ‘no’. This is one day after he said he meant ‘wouldn’t’ when he said ‘would,’” Tapper said at the top of his show.

    “Oops, he did it again!” Tapper joked. “President Trump, saying no when asked if Russia is still targeting the democratic process. When all the evidence in his own experts points to a mountain of interference.”

    Tapper said the White House is looking into ways they can figure out what happened during President Trump’s two-hour closed-door meeting with Putin.

    “The tale of the interpreter. Lawmakers now trying to get the only other American in the room with President Trump and Vladimir Putin to spill what was said. What does she know?” Tapper asked.

    Watch below.


    ‘The truth is recorded’: Fox News’ Shepard Smith blasts pattern of White House trying to change Trump’s comments

    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith aggressively challenged the “pattern” of the White House chaos, where President Donald Trump says one thing and then his staff attempt to change the record.

    Following the end of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Wednesday press briefing, Smith described it as the administration, “backing up and trying again.”

    “Today, when asked whether Russia is still targeting the United States, the president said no. Just now the press secretary said something else,” he continued.

    “He wasn’t asked if he would answer questions, he was asked specifically if Russia is still targeting the United States and he said no,” Smith fact-checked. “The truth is recorded.”


  3. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Now CNN’s reporting that he’s saying this: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/politics/trump-putin-election-interference/index.html

    Is he just spewing contradictory shit now? First they didn’t do it. And Putin was a truthful nice guy. Now they did it and Putin’s responsible because he’s their leader. Well, no shit! I, surprised he hasn’t blamed Obama again.

    • Beaglemom July 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      I don’t think that Don the Con has any idea what he’s saying from one second to the next. He has handlers, some American and some Russian, who rephrase whatever comes out in whatever way suits them best. No one can or should believe a word that he says.

  4. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Sarah Sanders snaps at reporters for asking about Russian spy: Quit going after the Trump administration


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    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Hey, YOU are the one that has to cover for him, SHS, don’t bitch at others because you’re an effing tool.

  5. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm


    The president trusts Putin—not Americans—and just conducted secret negotiations with Putin. Russia is announcing agreements made by Trump that Trump won’t confirm or deny or explain and that weren’t even hinted at beforehand.


  6. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    It’s weird that Donald Trump had a long private meeting with Vladimir Putin and suddenly emerged with a newfound interest in undermining US security guarantees to Montenegro.



    • Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Yes, he probable never heard or knows where Montenegro is.

  7. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Senate Confirms Trump Court Pick With Record Of Attacking Voting Rights
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    Every Republican voted to put Oldham, 39, into a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, based in New Orleans. Every Democrat opposed him. The final tally was 50-49.


  8. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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    The resolution was agreed to 244-35 under a special expedited procedure requiring two-thirds majority, with 133 Democrats voting present. Eighteen Democrats joined 226 Republicans to vote in support of ICE, while 34 Democrats and one Republican ― Justin Amash of Michigan ― opposed the resolution.

    Ironically, because Democrats chose to vote present, those lawmakers effectively lowered the two-thirds threshold needed for the resolution to be adopted. (The resolution would not have been agreed to if Democrats voting present had voted no, though Republicans could have ultimately brought the resolution up for a vote under the normal floor process that would have only required a simple majority.)

    Either way, Republicans got what they wanted from the vote: They divided Democrats over the ICE issue.


  9. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Trump Pulls Rug Out From GOP Once Again
    The president’s contradictory statements about Russia are giving everyone whiplash.

    Republicans were almost in the clear.

    President Donald Trump’s lukewarm expression of support for the U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday gave relieved GOP lawmakers a way out of answering thorny questions about his refusal to call out Russia during a press conference on Monday in Helsinki alongside President Vladimir Putin.

    But they were stymied just 24 hours later by an increasingly unreliable partner in the White House, who rejected an assessment by his intelligence agencies for the third time this week by saying he did not believe Russia continues to target the U.S.

    “All of us are puzzled by it. Just still trying to figure out why in the world the president would say what he did in Helsinki and then say what he did again [today],” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters on Wednesday.

    Trump’s statement on Wednesday at the White House contradicted his Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who warned last week about the growing and present danger of Russian cyberattacks, as well as a bipartisan report released by the Senate intelligence committee.

    The president’s comment set off a wave of statements from flummoxed Republican senators, most of whom did not go further than express politely worded disagreement with him.

    “The Russians continue efforts to undermine Western democracies, including ours. The President is wrong and needs to heed the warnings from our Intelligence Community, including DNI Dan Coats,” tweeted Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who sits on the Senate intelligence committee.

    “That’s a big disconnect,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in reaction to Trump’s comments on Wednesday. “I’m glad he showed faith in the intelligence community assessment … [but] I’m a bit surprised by the president’s statements today.”

    Graham said he would introduce legislation that would immediately slap additional sanctions on Russia that could be removed only if the intelligence agencies assess that Moscow has halted its cyber efforts against the U.S.


  10. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

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    “But he denies ii, so if you believe U.S. intelligence agencies, is Putin lying to you?” Jeff Glor asked.

    Trump said that he doesn’t want to get into “whether or not he’s lying,” only repeating his hostage statement line that he has confidence in his intelligence agencies.

    Glor noted that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has already said that the Russian threat is ongoing.

    Trump said that he would accept that since Coats “is an expert.” However, he then negated it in less than 60 seconds.

    “I will tell you, though, it better not be. It better not be,” Trump said, appearing to not believe the definitive truth outlined by Coats and others.

    Coats compared the Russian cyber-attack to the warnings leading up to September 11, 2001.


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    Both current and former American diplomats are calling out President Donald Trump for even entertaining the idea that Russia would be allowed to question U.S. ambassadors, reported the Daily Beast.

    First Michael McFaul, the former U. S. ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama fired back on Twitter over the White House saying it might allow Russian prosecutors to interview him.

    …He is not alone in his thinking that the White House has gone too far. A U.S. diplomat, who wished not to be named, told the Daily Beast that President Trump is nothing but a “p*ssy.”

    “The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the government’s. That’s very clear over the past week and a half, between sh*ting on our NATO allies and kissing Putin’s a**,” the diplomat said. “He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.”

    The diplomat continued: “Either he’s compromised by Putin or he’s a p*ssy, in which case he should grab himself.”

    Ron Neumann, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, said it’s “horrifying” that the White House was even considering such a thing.

    “If the U.S. would make a former diplomat avail for questioning by a foreign government without evidence of wrongdoing, then that would be quite horrifying,” Neumann said.

    “To even hint that there’s some element of credibility to Russian disruptions and distractions puts a bullseye on the back of any diplomat and invites authoritarian regimes to bully and threaten American public servants for the crime of doing their job. No administration should require a lesson or reminder in why this is reprehensible,” David Wade, former Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff said.


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  11. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    ‘They got to him’: Trump creates conspiracy theory to justify ex-intel director’s recent attacks

    .Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denounced President Donald Trump and called into question the president’s behavior during the joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump had an excuse for that, however. “They” probably “changed” his mind.

    ..Wednesday, Trump told CBS that he has “no confidence in Clapper.”

    “You know, Clapper wrote me a beautiful letter when I first went to office and it was really nice and all of the sudden he’s haywire,” Trump said. “Because they got to him and they probably got him to say things that he probably doesn’t even mean.”

    He also called former CIA Director John Brennan a “low life.”

    Watch the video below:


  12. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    OMG, why bother with anything he says,he changes it an hour latter.

    They should take his phone away so putin can’t contact him.

    His continual denial of russian cyber attacks is reason for impeachment.he is enabling an enemy state to attack us, exactly the definition of treason.

    When this is over,it should be made public exactly what putin has over trump. I can’t believe itis just stroking his ego.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      It’s stroking something, all right. If he can find it under that fat gut.

  13. Joshua Brendan Wilson July 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    End the EC
    Purple ink thumbprint for in-person ballots
    Acknowledge that while individual voter fraud is statistically insignificant and meaningless, there is a vulnerability of wholesale election fraud.

    In face of foreign and domestic shenanigans, we need to implement a firewall that will physically exclude remote manipulation

  14. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Holy shit. I just read that Putin proposed that if we let Russia interrogate certain Americans, they will help us investigate the hacking of our election.

    Trump is still considering this. Insane.

    • Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 3:57 am

      Putin wants to “help” investigate the 13 russians in the indictment as well as the former Ambassador to Russia, who of course is American.

      The theory is putin wants to see how the US managed to track down the russians, wants access to the intelligence agency cybersecurity methods etc.

      Since the russians work directly for putin, I don’t think they will “disappear” however if trump turns over the former Ambassador, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a kangaroo trial and he ends up dead or in prison in Russia. If trump agrees to this, it is just one more nail in his coffin.

  15. Love July 18, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    How many pork chops does SHS shovel in at one sitting?

  16. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 12:04 am

    From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

    Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.

    The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

    Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed.

    The shifting narrative underscores the degree to which Mr. Trump regularly picks and chooses intelligence to suit his political purposes. That has never been more clear than this week.

    On Monday, standing next to the Russian president in Helsinki, Finland, Mr. Trump said he accepted Mr. Putin’s denial of Russian election intrusions. By Tuesday, faced with a bipartisan political outcry, Mr. Trump sought to walk back his words and sided with his intelligence agencies.

    On Wednesday, when a reporter asked, “Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?” Mr. Trump shot back, “No” — directly contradicting statements made only days earlier by his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who was sitting a few chairs away in the Cabinet Room. (The White House later said he was responding to a different question.)


  17. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Scott Walker just got sucked into the Trump-Russia scandal

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s name has been quietly looming in the background of the Trump-Russia scandal for quite some time, but it’s never been clear how – or even if – he truly fit into it. That’s suddenly changing. Thanks to a criminal indictment and Walker’s own subsequent admission, he’s now right in the thick of the scandal.

    …Scott Walker took a technically legal, yet still highly suspicious, million dollar donation from a Kremlin oligarch with dual U.S. citizenship – and then Donald Trump shockingly won the Walker-controlled state of Wisconsin. When you put this in the context of Walker meeting with a Kremlin operative who appeared to be facilitating a money trail from Russia through the NRA to the Republican Party… well, let’s just say that Walker has some explaining to do.


    Those Kremlin oligarch donations to Republican Party leaders suddenly make a lot more sense

    This is all making a lot more sense now. Scott Walker took a million bucks in Kremlin money and met with a Kremlin political operative. Mitch McConnell took millions in Kremlin money and worked to keep the Kremlin’s election interference under wraps. This alone doesn’t prove anyone guilty of anything. But it sure does provide a plausible explanation for why certain leading Republicans were taking barely legal Kremlin money during the election. Now comes the question of whether they stopped at barely legal, or if there’s a bigger money trail out there. If there is one, Robert Mueller will find it.


    New Maria Butina court filings just made the Trump-Russia scandal a whole lot uglier for the GOP

    …The court filings make two key allegations about Maria Butina. The first is that she was in regular contact with Russia’s FSB, meaning that she was allegedly acting as a Russian spy while interacting with various political figures in the United States. The second is that she’s alleged to have been in a sexual relationship with a Republican Party operative who was twice her age, even as she offered sex to other U.S. political operatives in exchange for political access – and she was apparently reporting all of this back to the Kremlin.

    These new allegations arrive within the context of Butina having met publicly and privately with a very long list of U.S. political figures, including NRA leaders and prominent Republican office holders. Just because any given politician took a selfie with Butina, it doesn’t mean that anything salacious or treasonous took place between them. But now that the Feds are presenting evidence that Butina’s methods included offering sex in exchange for political favors, it stands to reason that we’re going to see some very ugly details come out about at least some of the Republican politicians she was interacting with.


  18. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Lol. All the sources you folks have!

    rawstory…. huffpo….SethAbramson….. salon,…… You are all getting used lolololololol!!!!

  19. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Trump Repeats ‘No Collusion’ Like A Scared Child When Asked If He’ll Talk To Mueller

    …The short exchange between Glor and Trump:

    GLOR: You’ve said you’ll sit with the special counsel before. Has anything changed in the past six months to change your mind–

    TRUMP: No, my lawyers are working on it. There’s no collusion. I didn’t deal with Russia. I had nothing to do with Russia with respect to my race. I won that race rather easily and I can tell you that I think, frankly, 2020, I think it’s going to be even better than we did in ’16.

    GLOR: Are you more likely to sit for an interview now?

    TRUMP: My lawyers are working on that. I’ve always wanted to do an interview because – look – there’s been no collusion.


    White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit


  20. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Trump said “no”, today they will try and tell us that No is really yes.

  21. anon July 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Don’s face is becoming more and more distorted and deformed. Putin possibly poisoned him.

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