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Introduction — July 17, 2018

Trump’s meeting with President Putin and the joint press conference that followed has provoked a chorus of condemnation from sides of the political spectrum.
Former CIA chief John Brennan has condemned Trump’s performance as “nothing short of traitorous”. While the BBC claims that Trump has aligned “with Russia against the FBI“.
Had Hillary Clinton won the U.S. election we almost certainly have been at war with Russia by now. Her 2016 proposal to enforce no-fly zones over Syria would have probably resulted in military confrontation, which is precisely what the elite want.
Let me stress that I’m not a Trump supporter. However, the angry response in the West following his meeting with President Putin suggests that he’s doing the right thing.
Make no mistake, the elite want war with Russia. Their agents in the media and politics have been working towards that end. Trump’s meeting with Putin goes some way to averting that possibility. Hence the outrage and condemnation that Trump’s rapport with Putin has provoked. Ed.

Trump’s surrender to Putin greeted with outrage by Democrats and Republicans

Lauren Gambino — The Guardian July 17, 2018

Donald Trump drew mostly bipartisan condemnation after failing to denounce Russian meddling in the US presidential election at a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Criticism came from familiar corners such as the Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, but of note were some usually friendly voices who added to the chorus, including the House speaker, Paul Ryan, and the former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, who called Trump’s behavior the “most serious mistake of his presidency”.

The two presidents met in Helsinki for their first summit just days after the US justice department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in a concerted effort to help lift Trump to power.

Many Democrats reacted with shock as some party lawmakers panned Trump’s performance as “unprecedented” and destructive to America’s standing on the world stage.

“In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way President Trump has supported President Putin,” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous and weak. The president is putting himself over our country.”

Schumer went on to speculate whether Putin somehow had undue influence on Trump. “A single, ominous question now hangs over the White House: what could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russia over those of the United States?” he continued. “Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.”

In a Facebook post, the former vice-president Joe Biden called Trump’s comportment at the press conference “beneath the dignity of the office of the president”. He urged Congress to “speak out to make it clear that we believe in democracy over dictatorship, that we support our allies and not those who seek to weaken us, and that we will defend our freedom when it is attacked”.

John Brennan, the CIA director under Barack Obama, said Trump’s conduct was “nothing short of treasonous” and called on Republicans to condemn his behavior.

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???” he tweeted.

A familiar cast of dissident Republican lawmakers swiftly rebuked Trump in terms that echoed some of what Democrats were saying.

Arizona senator John McCain angrily denounced Trump and called the press conference a “pathetic rout” and “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory”.

In a statement, McCain said: “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake … No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

Others joined in. “I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression,” wrote Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican of Arizona who is retiring this year after high-profile clashes with Trump. “This is shameful.”

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