The President of the United States just finished a summit and joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he firmly defended Russia and its leader against U.S. intelligence reports citing that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential Election. And it gives me — and I hope the rest of this country — chills.
Former CIA director John Brennan called it treasonous. Republican congressmen Jeff Flake and John McCain spoke out against it, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the Russia did meddle in the election, and even former Republican Presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, who is running for congress in Utah, called the summit disgraceful.
I believe this is one of the most dangerous things President Trump could have done in Helsinki, and here is why.
2) Twelve Russian nationals were indicted for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign. These twelve are part of a long list of people to face charges from the independent investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That list includes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
3) Russian Twitter bots and Facebook posts that spread falsified information both for (mostly) and against Trump have already been verified and proven to exist, acting as foundations to continue to divide and polarize this country in addition to what this administration’s beliefs and policies already do, and continue to discredit and destabilize the media as a collective entity.
There are direct ties to the Trump campaign already. And while yes, there has yet to be a distinct link to the President himself, the conflict of interest is already far too high. Trump is about to nominate a second Supreme Court Judge in Brett Kavanaugh, that will both dramatically impact this country for decades and hear this case if and when that time comes. And that is constitutionally corrupt.
This President, and this administration, are not only a disaster for middle and poorer class Americans, black people, immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, etc., but he and his campaign are the product of a foreign entity, combatant, and aggressor that has a direct goal to divide and conquer this country. That is utterly unacceptable.
The President had a real chance to condemn Russia, to make progress on nuclear warfare, Syria, etc. (not just claiming the countries can work together without being specific) yet chose to continue to side with Russia and its leader and push the rest aside. We could have had strong and productive dialogue with Russia that could have led to a real relationship one day and that could have made this world just a bit safer. But instead? We have this monstrosity to deal with.
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