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

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2018

To outrage in Washington, president Donald Trump has lent weight to Russian denials of meddling in USA elections at his inaugural summit with Vladimir Putin, where the pair championed a fresh start in relations between the world's leading nuclear powers.

Although the summit was described by Trump as "a very constructive day" and by Putin as "first important step", questions from reporters about the alleged meddling with USA elections by Russian Federation still highlighted the post-summit press conference.

Alaska's senior USA senator says she is "stunned" that President Trump did not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over election interference. The US and Russian Federation back opposing sides in the eight-year-old civil war.

He said he is sure that he and Mr Putin will meet again often in the future.

Add to that the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the United States election, and it becomes clear that, in this febrile atmosphere, an American president who wants to "get along with Russia" has little room for manoeuvre. "I was fascinated" by the idea, Mr. Trump told Hannity, but he doubts that Mueller and Democrats would be willing to cooperate.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

'It followed more than two hours of one-on-one discussions involving just the USA and Russian leaders, with only translators present.

After his electoral victory, which caught even Trump by surprise, the president reluctantly acknowledged Russian meddling in the election - the unanimous consensus of the intelligence community - while in the same breath suggesting other countries could be responsible.

Putin denied anew that the Russian government interfered, regardless of what nongovernmental Russian actors might have done.

"He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, " Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with Putin. "However, I also recognise that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!" Protesters were on the streets of Helsinki to denounce the policies of both Trump and Putin.

Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said his committee reviewed the US intelligence community's assessment and "found no reason to doubt its conclusion that President Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 USA elections with the goal of undermining faith in our democratic process".

Former CIA Director John Brennan rages that, "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki. was. treasonous".

But Trump did not see that motive in play.

"Please get this rubbish out of your heads", the Russian leader said.

Mr. Trump talked with Hannity about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and said it had driven "a phony wedge - a phony witch hunt rigged deal" between US and Russian Federation.

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.

Trump's warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week, when he repeatedly rebuked long-standing US allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and during a visit to Britain.

"Well, not always - well, haven't presidents been killed in the United States?", Putin asked.

A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

Trump also received backlash for the comments from his own party. "It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately", Gingrich tweeted. "This position is untenable and at odds with the forceful response this moment demands", she said.

A major summit between Presidents Putin and Trump in Helsinki today.

"President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".

The fallout to the meeting and press conference has called the conduct of both Mr Trump and Mr Putin into question, with the Russian President again denying the Russian state had any part in influencing the USA election - even as a Fox News journalist tried to hand him the indictment documents of 12 Russian intelligence officials during an interview.

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