The majority of Americans are shocked and sickened by Donald Trump’s continued defense of Russia and its leader, President Vladimir Putin, over U.S. intelligence agencies. He has continued to side with Russia over his own country for the last year, and his latest comments will be even more disappointing to his constituents.
Apparently, Trump just told reporters on Air Force One that he believes Putin when he tells him that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election, even though many U.S. intelligence agencies have found a striking amount of evidence that suggests otherwise. In his interview with reporters, Trump said:
“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.”
Is Trump serious?!?!?! Trump also stated he didn’t want to keep pressing Putin on the issue because he wants to work with Russia on issues concerning North Korea, Syria, and Ukraine. You can read the official transcript of what took place on the Air Force One below:
Q: Did Russia’s attempts to meddle in US elections come up in the conversations?
Trump: He said he didn’t meddle, he said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.
Trump: “I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election, he did not do what they are saying he did.”
Q: Do you believe him?
Trump: Well, look, I can’t stand there and argue with him, I would rather have him get out of Syria, to be honest with you. I would rather have, I would rather him— get to work with him on the Ukraine rather than standing and arguing about whether or not— because that whole thing was set up by the Democrats. I mean, they ought to Look at Podesta, they ought to look at all the things that they have done with the phony dossier. Those are the big events. Those are the big events. But Putin said he did not do what they said he did. And there are those that say, if he did do it, he wouldn’t have gotten caught, alright, which is a very interesting statement. But we have a good feeling toward getting things done. If we had a relationship with Russia, that would be a good thing. In fact, it would be a great thing, not a bad thing, because he could really help us on North Korea. We have a big problem with North Korea and China is helping us. And because of the lack of the relationship that we have with Russia, because of this artificial thing that’s happening with this Democratic-inspired thing. We could really be helped a lot, tremendously, with Russia having to do with North Korea. You know you are talking about millions and millions of lives. This isn’t baby stuff, this is the real deal. And if Russia helped us in addition to China, that problem would go away a lot faster.
Q: On election meddling, did you ask him the question?
Trump: Every time he sees me he says I didn’t do that and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says I didn’t do that. I think he is very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. Don’t forget. All he said was he never did that, he didn’t do that. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country. Because again, again, if we had a relationship with Russia, North Korea, which is our single biggest problem right now—North Korea, it would be helped a lot. I think I’m doing very well with respect to China. They have cut off financing, they have cut off bank lines, they’ve cut off lots of oil and lots of other things, lots of trade and it’s having a big impact. But Russia, on the other hand, may be making up the difference. And if they are, that’s not a good thing. So having a relationship with Russia would be a great thing—not a good thing, it would be a great thing—especially as it relates to North Korea. And I’ll say this: Hillary had her stupid reset button that she spelled the word wrong, but she does not have what it takes to have that kind of relationship where you could call or you could do something and they would pull back from North Korea, or they would pull back from Syria, or maybe pull back from Ukraine. I mean, if we could solve the Ukraine problem. But this is really an artificial barrier that’s put in front of us for solving problems with Russia. He says that very strongly, he really seems to be insulted by it and he says he didn’t do it.
Q: Even if he didn’t bring it up one-one-one, do you believe him?
Trump: I think that he is very, very strong in the fact that he didn’t do it. And then you look and you look at what’s going on with Podesta, and you look at what’s going on with the server from the DNC and why didn’t the FBI take it? Why did they leave it? Why did a third party look at the server and not the FBI? You look at all of this stuff, and you says, what’s going on here? And the you hear it’s 17 agencies. Well, it’s three. And one is Brennan. And one is, whatever. I mean, give me a break. They’re political hacks. So you look at it, and then you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey’s proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker. So you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that. Now, you are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine.
And that wasn’t all. Trump CNN reported that Trump also said former Intelligence officers were biased. Trashing the intelligence community again, he said:
“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks. So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”
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