Stephen Colbert Wants To Know What Putin Has On Trump
- Elena Summers
Donald Trump returned late Monday from his European tour to face ire in Washington, where USA intelligence officials and senior Republicans were denouncing the president as "shameful" and "disgraceful" after he refused to challenge Russian leader Vladimir Putin over interference in American elections.
If anyone is "the enemy of the people", it is Trump himself.
"We both spoke with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and they would like to do certain things with Syria having to do with the safety of Israel", Trump told a joint news conference.
But after his appalling performance in Helsinki at what CNN's John King aptly called the "surrender summit", questions about Trump's loyalty to the American people will only intensify.
But at the news conference, Trump made no mention of the Novichok incident.
A gold star to anyone who guessed Trump's freaky behaviour during his joint press conference with Putin in Finland would be top of mind for Stephen Colbert when he kicked off Monday's monologue for Global's "The Late Show".
Think of how extraordinary - how unprecedented - that moment was.
As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin's regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of global treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. The only points of disagreement came when Putin gently chided Trump for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and when the Russian leader, not Trump himself, explained the U.S. position on Russia's annexation of Crimea.
The Russian President dismissed the issue as "nonsense", but it was his answer that was nonsensical.
At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation, but he repeatedly declined.
Trump's 2013 trip to Moscow is only the tip of a Titanic-size iceberg.
The hysterical tone had already been decided upon in advance of the Trump-Putin meeting, and the reaction once it was over was instantaneous.
The speculation, while hardly conclusive, is entirely reasonable.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said never in the history of the country had an American president supported an adversary the way Mr Trump sided with Mr Putin.
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New Jersey soccer fans gathered Sunday to watch Croatia and France face off in the highest-scoring World Cup final since 1966. But after a four-hour ride the bus stopped around a kilometre from the central square as it could not get through the crowds.
Every week lends further credence to that disturbing hypothesis.
He called the appointment of a special counsel on Russian interference and the involvement of USA persons in that effort, Robert Mueller III, a "disgrace" to the country and an impediment to his own efforts to improve ties with Russia.
"President Putin says it's not Russian Federation. But instead, just take it until he's gone", Colbert joked. And it will likely embolden Putin, who faced no pushback from Trump over the election allegations or a long list of other Kremlin actions, ranging from Syria to Ukraine.
Russia's denials, whether it be in regards to its involvement in Syria's civil war or its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, have become relatively predictable to the intelligence community and has stoked bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill.
"I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]", he replied, before quickly trying to defer to the Democratic National Committee's server that was hacked.
Finnish papers declared Putin the clear "winner" of the summit, one with a scoreboard, another carrying the headline "Trump was my favourite" alongside a smiling Putin.
Mr Putin added that other issues that Russian Federation would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the United States missile defence plans and the weaponisation of space.
The day of the Trump-Putin summit began slowly.
Behind the scenes, sections of the active-duty military, CIA spooks and former heads of major United States intelligence agencies are in discussions about what is to be done with Donald Trump. If he is waging a trade war on China's dictator, why is he cosying up to Russia's dictator?
Mr Trump, when asked about a Russian gas pipeline to Germany, noted that the United States and Russia compete in the energy market.
If the military were to stage a coup against Trump, there is no doubt that the leadership of the Democratic Party would fall into line behind an American junta. But Trump just can not bring himself to do it.
It seemed unlikely that American authorities would take seriously any such offer from Putin, and some USA lawmakers openly ridiculed the suggestion. Either way, he gives every impression of betraying his oath of office. "The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".
Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder fired back at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who claimed the financier's associates dodged tax payments.
So what does that make his boss? And John Brennan, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former president George W. Bush and Central Intelligence Agency director under former president Barack Obama, said it amounted to an impeachable act.
That conclusion was once unthinkable.
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