Scarborough: Everyone, ‘Even Donald Trump Supporters’, Know Putin Has Something On Him

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with US President Donald Trump on Monday by giving him a World Cup football which was made in Pakistan. And, Trump once again seemed to doubt the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. He said, "What a shame.'" The president reiterated that Putin strongly denied collusion and also brushed off the idea Russian Federation had compromising information on Trump.

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle.

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors, '" Brennan tweeted on Monday.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin gives US president Donald Trump a football

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future", he added, "we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

Lawmakers and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Trump's suggestion Monday that he believes Putin's denial over the assessment of USA intelligence officials and the Justice Department. The issue remains under investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller who has charged members of Trump's campaign as well as Russians.

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

"Honor and praise to President Vladimir V. Putin for being able to strengthen Russia's authority on global arena so that, no matter how the Americans and the European Union try to exist in confrontation with us, to pressure us with sanctions, they still have to look for ways of rapprochement with us", Defense and Security Chairman Viktor Bondarev said.

Bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief, Mr Trump headed into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

"Ask any Russian expert".

A White House official told The Washington Post that they had prepared for Trump to publicly "push" Putin and make himself "look good" in the process.

Putin repeated those denials in a Fox News interview with anchor Chris Wallace, calling allegations of election interference "utterly ridiculous". No, what was far more surprising, and worrying, was the readiness of not just Cold Warrior Republicans but also supposedly level-headed liberals to say that Trump's performance proves he is "treasonous", a "traitor", a Russian plant, an unabashed colluder with Vlad in the downfall of American democracy.

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