Why did Donald Trump ‘side with Russia’ on election meddling?

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.

"I think President Trump has done a great job in going over and meeting with Putin", said Senate Armed Services member David Perdue of Georgia, one of the president's biggest boosters.

"The sentence should've been I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, sort of a double negative".

That was not all.

"I was there two years ago", he said.

The "Fox & Friends" cohost Steve Doocy called Trump's behavior "puzzling" and insisted that the president had previously had no problem acknowledging that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Trump's most loyal backers - some of whom act as his informal advisers - including the Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and Carlson, stayed the course, dismissing the concerns of lawmakers, policy experts, and former intelligence community leaders.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said, reading from a prepared statement.

The Fox News host then played a montage of Trump repeatedly saying throughout his presidency that he "thinks" the hacking was Russian Federation and it "could have been other people and/or countries".

"My people came to me".

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President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday. "So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good". "Sort of a double negative".

Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful".

Trump said he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and offered a rambling explanation of his assertion that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere. "I thought that the meeting that I had with President Putin was really strong".

Trump also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

Similarly, Republican House Leader Paul Ryan was publicly at odds with Trump's statements during the Helsinki press conference.

"Today, we come to this park across from the White House to re-declare American independence". The old alliances may still exist on paper, but no one can be sure that an attack on one will be treated as an attack on all, which is the idea that underpins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Western order.

The reaction from Fox & Friends cohost Abby Huntsman - daughter of John Huntsman, former governor of Utah and now the US ambassador to Russian Federation - was swift on Tuesday when she tweeted out criticism that left no question where she stood on Trump's decision to side with Putin.

This might make sense.

Democrats accused Trump of political gaslighting. At the conference he again ridiculed allegations that Moscow had compromising material on Donald Trump or his family, saying that it's absurd to suggest that Kremlin collects dirt on every United States businessman who visits the country.

When police asked him about a forbidden item he had in his bag, he said he readily took out the leaf of A4 paper and held it up. My first question for you, sir, is, who do you believe? I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but back then when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow.

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