President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin finally met face on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg Germany this weekend.
The summit carried incredible geopolitical implications, the Russians have emerged yet again as America’s great enemy, they conducted a coordinated cyber attack against the US political infastructure while also feeding millions of Americans disinformation in an attempt to get Donald Trump elected.
There is no doubt this took place, and it’s part of a larger plan to disrupt the United States.
The Russians are beefing with the United States all over the world, from the sands of Syria to the cold waters of the Baltic.
Every time Americans turns around, Vladimir Putin is doing something to undermine the United States, and the chaos during the election is an overt example of that.
The intelligence community, law enforcement, and congressional investigators all agree that the Russian Federation meddled in the American election
Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
The majority of American citizens also agree Russia was responsible for the attack.
…and safe. Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don't….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
The only people who don’t seem to agree Russia meddled, or that Russia is a serious threat, is the administration currently occupying the White House.
Seemingly on a weekly basis, the Trump administration downplays or denies Russian meddling, they have even gone so far as to insult the intelligence community, and attempted to discredit law enforcement officers.
— CNN (@CNN) July 9, 2017
In fact, they fired the director of the FBI because they didn’t like where the investigation was going.
Against that back drop, Putin and Trump finally came face to face with the entire world curious about how it would play out.
The meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes according to media reports, but allegedly last for 90 minutes.
During that meeting, President Trump reportedly asked Putin if Russia has meddled in the US election, Putin denied it.
Putin later told reporters he got the impression Trump believed him, White House Chief of Staff Rence Priebus denied that account, telling ABC that “Trump absolutely did not believe Putin”.
It’s difficult to separate fiction from fact when the two parties involved have both been accused of spreading disinformation.
Whether the President believed Putin or not, it’s astonishing that he refuses to believe the conclusions drawn by his own intelligence community.
Trump has been at odds with the intelligence committee for a host of reasons, and Russian interference is at the top of the list.
So when the President revealed that he was potentially forming a cyber security task force alongside the Russian government, you could also feel the anger coming out of the Washington DC.
All these people working long hours protecting the country, evaluating Russian activities over the last year or so, all that work was undone yesterday by the shameful behavior of the American President.
Trump also failed to press Putin on Ukraine, which is a diplomatic misstep of the highest order, and truly undermining to the US state department.
Ukraine remains the biggest point of contention between Russia, and the West, to the point that Putin has implied he is willing to go to war.
Why would President Trump not address this?
Or push Putin to withdraw his forces?
Trump is not acting in the best interest of the United States, he is conducting himself as if he is separate from the people he represents, and the country he is charged with protecting.
Nobody wants to believe that the President of the United States is in bed with the Russians, but his behavior yesterday during the meeting with Putin will do nothing to quiet the rumors.
While Trump was busy rubbing elbows with Putin, the New York Times dropped two consecutive bombshell reports that accused Donald Trump Jr of secretly meeting with a Russian attorney connected to the Kremlin.
Trump Jr took this meeting because Natalia Veselnitskaya claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Also at this meeting was Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort.
Natalia Veselnitskaya is a serious player in Russia, and a member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
Keep in mind the Trump administration has denied collusion of any kind with the Russian Federation during the campaign, and that extends to off the book meetings.
But this meeting allegedly took place in June, weeks before Trump clinched the Republican nomination.
To make matters worse, Trump Jr dropped a statement to the New York Times that was incriminating to many observers.
He also changed his story twice within 24 hours.
He also denied ever taking part in such meetings back in March.
— Ellen Cushing (@elcush) July 9, 2017
Trump Jr’s statement confirms that he arranged a meeting with an agent of a foreign power to obtain damaging information about a presumptive Presidential nominee, and the meeting was also attended by senior advisors to the future President of the United States.
Trump Jr dismissing the meeting because the lawyer could not provide him with damaging information is an admission of guilt.
He is essentially saying that he would have accepted damaging information if Natalia Veselnitskaya had presented it to him.
Why Trump Jr would even entertain such a meeting is concerning, let alone actually arranging it
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 9, 2017
This new storm swirls as Congressional leaders, and law enforcement officials express outrage over Trump’s handling of his meeting with Putin.
That cybersecurity unit tweet looks even worse now than it did less than 8 hours ago.
FLASHBACK: Don Jr. July 24, 2016. On the Clinton campaign's claims that the Russians were helping Trump: "It's disgusitng. It's so phony." pic.twitter.com/BSut2RwbOs
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 10, 2017
To many, this story might seem like small cuttings, but if you consider the mandate Robert Mueller has, and the nuances of the congressional investigation, this story could prove to be back breaking to the Trump administration because it’s clear evidence of collusion.
Even if the meeting did not bear fruit, Trump Jr just admitted his intent to collect it.
That’s exactly the type of admission investigators need to get things moving.