Colbert says Trump's meeting with Putin should count as 'treason'

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2018

McCain, who is probably Trump's fiercest Republican critic, added: "President Trump proved not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

Mr Steele, a former intelligence agent with MI6, compiled a dossier on Mr Trump's links to Russian Federation, after initially being hired by Republicans who wanted to block Mr Trump from becoming the party's presidential candidate.

"He was a rich person, but, well, there's plenty of rich persons in the United States", Mr Putin said.

Months later, Trump said he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the lingering investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with elements of Trump's campaign.

President Donald Trump's performance at Monday's press conference following his summit meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin was by most accounts disastrous.

But while neither president seemed to appreciate Lemire, commentators on social media erupted with praise and admiration for the reporter, calling him "incredibly brave", a "hero" and "fearless". That's really saying something!

Mr Putin said he and Mr Trump have agreed to continue detailed discussions on arms control issues.

What was Trump's crime in Helsinki that eclipsed all of these war crimes and crimes against humanity?

As the newspaper notes in its press release, both Trump and Putin have had "contentious" relationships with the media. The mainstream United States media also expressed outrage. The vitriolic language employed in the denunciations of Trump's statements in Helsinki has an ominous character.

And former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Trump's behavior at the news conference "rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous". "And these people are not even informed enough to ask substantive questions of Vladimir Putin".

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"Putin offered to allow American investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for allowing Russians to have access to me and those close to me". The courageous journalist then asked Mr Putin - who is known for silencing the media and suppressing free speech - if he had any compromising material on Donald Trump. "Why Won't Donald Trump Speak for America?" Friedman and the Times, who reliably articulate the line of the Democratic Party, make clear that the Democrats are the party of the latter.

"President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation".

There is an unmistakable logic to this kind of language. But Trump just can not bring himself to do it.

This option was given concrete expression by Michael Hayden, the former four-star Air Force general who headed both the CIA and the National Security Agency. Standing alongside Trump in Helsinki, Putin said he had evidence that $400 million dollars in unlawfully acquired cash may have been funneled to the election campaign of Trump's defeated opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

After Trump and Putin exited the stage, the room erupted into chatter.

The concerns of Trump's ruling class antagonists are threefold.

Added Sen. Marco Rubio: "Foreign policy must be based on reality, not hyperbole or wishful thinking".

"The attention of the whole world is focused today on Helsinki and it's crystal clear to everyone: the fate of the world is being decided between Russian Federation and the United States, the leaders of the two major powers of our planet are meeting", Pushkov said in a Twitter post on Monday.

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