Trump is owned by the RussiansWatch
That private meeting that Trump had alone with Putin, that all his aides were excluded from... even Trump's Director of National Intelligence still hasn't been told what was discussed. It's clear that nothing related to US national interests was discussed; Trump needed to get into a room alone with Putin, with no other Americans, so they could co-ordinate on shielding Trump from investigation and provide him with new orders (he would never risk speaking over an open phone line to talk about their relationship).
Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, acknowledged frustration at being kept in the dark about the meeting, which included only the leaders and their respective interpreters.
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.
I mean it doesn't really matter if we agree he is or not. The fact is he is defending Putin either way.
And if there was no secret relationship, he would have no reason to keep setting up these meetings with Putin where all American officials are excluded. Does anyone really think Trump is even close to being across the detail that comes up in a head of state meeting? Even a highly intelligent president like Obama would have various political and national security aides sit in on any major meetings he had with foreign leaders. That's just how you do things, you need people taking notes and minutes, you need the civil servants to be across the details so that they can start making the arrangements for what has been agreed, etc. Trump's practice of meeting alone with Putin is evidence of guilt.
At that meeting with Putin last year, the only other person there was a Russian interpreter. And Trump still hasn't told anyone what was discussed. I think this is the third meeting in which all American officials have been excluded, and he's just proposed a fourth by inviting Putin to Washington in the fall.
However, many people voted for him out of desperation because they wanted change. Some of these people find it hard to even feed themselves because they are so poor. These people, rightly, wanted change. Unfortunately, Trump presented himself perfectly as a person of change and so, perhaps not even particularly liking Trump, many, many people ended up voting for him.
I am not supporting these people either, but giving a possible reason why some of them voted for him. Of course many people voted for him for different reasons to those above.
Very interesting topic.
Ezra Klein sums it up well here. There's no doubt that theres very deep ties between Trump and Russia. I feel that Putin stayed far away and allowed others such as oleg deripaska to do the work. Financially speaking, his son has admitted that after Trump became a liability for american banks due to being such a risk, they relied on russian banks.
Id say the steele dossier shows the full extent well. Kompromat exists, and trumps been a puppet for a long time. Russia's wanted chaos in the west, from the rise of the far right, brexit an trump. russias intervened to push those, and by weakening the west they become stronger.
Either the pee pee tape is real or Putin has got some other embarrassing material of Trump. What else would Putin have that would get trump to say he trusted Russia above his own country?
It just boggles the mind. Thankfully, the truth will come out. Trump will go down as the most despised president in history, and may well end up in prison. Mueller knows far more than is commonly realised.
Many Republicans just want to get through their primaries and then will start distancing themselves from Trump (at least, those Republicans in competitive states like New York, California, Virginia, Florida, Ohio etc). But it will take a real wipeout, on the scale of 1994, to see the Republicans turn on Trump en-masse
So far theyve been complacent and relying on the anti trump rhetoric to win, but maybe its too early to judge
Either the pee pee tape is real or Putin has got some other embarrassing material of Trump. What else would Putin have that would get trump to say he trusted Russia above his own country? I’m glad that senior Republicans are criticising his Helsinki performance but they need to take a stand against him, otherwise they are traitors to their country. I reckon that will only happen if Republicans flop in the midterms.