Russian meddling continues and Trump doesn’t give a damn

putin praises trump againIt’s becoming more and more clear: President Trump has failed to defend the United States from attack on our electoral infrastructure by a hostile country.

There is ample evidence that Trump has known for some time that Russia cyber-attacked the United States in 2016 and knows that we are still under attack. His own national security officials have bolstered the damning evidence that is mounting against the president.

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Trump has “a complete and proper understanding of what happened,” referring to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Pompeo continued, “I know — I briefed him on it for over a year,” when he headed the CIA.

In other words, this isn’t Watergate, where the issue was, what did the president know and when did he know it? Presidential knowledge of the Russian attack is not in dispute.

Trump knows the attacks are still going on. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has stated, “the warning lights are blinking red again. Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.” Coats identified Russia as the “most aggressive foreign actor.”

The president surely understands the serious nature of these attacks. Before Trump appointed national security adviser John Bolton, Bolton asserted that the Russian interference in the 2016 election “is far more than just a quotidian covert operation. It is in fact a casus belli, a true act of war.”

Trump hasn’t used the powers of his office to stop the attacks, for example, by issuing an ultimatum that Russia cease or face severe consequences. Instead, at the Helsinki summit he backed Russian President Vladimir Putin, contradicting the conclusions of U.S. intelligence officials and denying any election meddling.

After a political firestorm broke out in the United States, Trump said, “I now accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.” Trump then added in the same breath, “Could be other people. A lot of people out there.” The president’s waffling unmistakably signals that he will not hold Russia accountable, which will only encourage Putin to continue the attacks.

Despite blatantly ignoring his own intelligence officials, siding with Putin and dismissing the validity of Russia’s threat to American democracy, there has been remarkably little discussion of whether Trump committed an impeachable offense by abandoning his post in the face of attacks on the United States. The public apparently just isn’t shocked enough to angrily demand explanations and accountability from elected leaders — although they should be.

In another era, such as the Cold War, the reaction would have been different. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy or Reagan would not have waffled in responding to interference by the Soviet Union in an American presidential election. Americans wouldn’t have accepted such a reaction if they did.

Whatever the explanation for our apathy, the country is under attack by Russia and the president of the United States evidently couldn’t care less.

THE HILLputin praises trump again

  • Arzna

    Trump is obviously thrilled about Russian meddling and knows more than anyone else that if it was not for Putin , he would not be in the white House . So he is heavily indebted to Russia and Putin and couldn’t care less about defending the United States ,since all along all he cares about is Trump

  • Niemals

    KHURVALETI, Georgia – As the barbed-wire fence edges closer, so does the prospect that Vasya might one day wake up on Russian-controlled soil.
    The craggy-faced cattle farmer finds himself on the front line of a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West.
    Ignoring Washington’s warnings, Moscow-backed troops have been moving a disputed border deeper into Georgia, a former Soviet republic that is now a staunch U.S. ally.
    Sometimes a few extra acres are swallowed up in the night. In other places, ditches are plowed, surveillance cameras installed and green signs erected reading: “Attention! State Border! Passage Forbidden!”

  • Niemals

    In my replay to YeUx I pointed out the odd that although there was no state with the name of Israel, there was Hebrew text on stamp and coins in 1927. By browsing further on Hind’s account, I found her odd tweet….
    YeUx text Oh poor Jews, why somebody would want to say something against them…? is a contradiction to Putins remarks about antisemitism.

    • Hind Abyad

      Putin meant- “they blame everything on us- like they blame everything on anti-semitisme-. Donkey

  • Niemals

    While Trump doesn’t give a damn about Russian meddling, Putin’s rocker troupe is pushing into the EU!

    Putin’s henchmen are far more than just an ordinary rocker group.
    At the opening of the military camp in rural Slovakia on June 25, 2018, representatives of the Russian Embassy were also present.

    In Slovakia, the rockers have a military base – including tanks and other war equipment. Even a shooting range belongs to the area.
    The base is located in Dolná Krupá, about 70 kilometers northeast of the capital Bratislava. The military equipment comes from an agreement with a responsible of the Military History Museum of Slovakia.

    Politically explosive:
    The owner of the site, Jozef Hambálek, is a friend of former Slovak Minister of the Interior Robert Kaliňák.
    The person in charge of the deal with the night wolves has since been suspended. According to the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia, after all, the military equipment is now to be returned by the end of August.

  • Niemals

    It will be interesting to know how this story develops;
    “Russia is preparing to search for a nuclear-powered missile that was lost at sea months ago after a failed test”

    A total of four robots have been tested between November 2017 and February 2018 and all tests must have failed. Russia is denied denying any failed missions. The robot is initially driven by common fossil fuel but will then switch to nuclear power. According to data, this transition has just gone wrong and caused it to crash into the ocean. The report does not mention any health or environmental consequences if the cruise ship has been damaged. It is still unclear if there are several robots in the ocean

    A total of three ships will search for the missing cruise robot, one of which is equipped to handle radioactive material from the robot’s nuclear reactors.
    It is unclear how long the search operation will last.