The concern that Trump was not prepared for his meeting with Putin might have been born out, as the Russian foreign minister had a different take on the meeting between Trump and Putin.
Sergey Lavrov told reporters that Republican President Donald Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that Russia didn’t meddled in the 2016 presidential election, according to the AP.
BREAKING: Russian foreign minister says Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in the U.S. election.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2017
The two leaders spoke through translators with their respective foreign ministers.
Although the take is very different, the cave to Russia seems to have been confirmed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson, who claimed Trump pressed Putin at their first meeting on interference in U.S. election, said that Putin denied the allegation, but did not say Trump accepted this denial.
“The two leaders agreed this is of substantial hindrance. They agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the U.S. and our democratic process as well as other countries,” Tillerson said in an off-camera briefing, according to ABC News:
Tillerson also added that both presidents acknowledged the “challenges of cyberthreats and interference in the democratic processes” in the United States and other countries and that they would work together to “create a framework” for dealing with such threats, including terrorism, efforts to hack into the “internal affairs of countries,” and any actions against “infrastructure.”
The Russian foreign minister claimed that Trump accepted Putin’s promise that they were not involved. When asked if this were true, senior White House official told ABC News, “No.” They did not provide more info to ABC.
President Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that it was an “honor” to meet him for the first time and said he looked forward to “positive things” in their relationship.
The leaders spoke for six minutes before the press were allowed in. The US press were not briefed on camera and there was another one of the Trump administration’s “delayed audio” demands, whereas the Russian foreign minister was on live TV with his talking points, a point not missed by many.
US Sec of State would only brief press re Trump-Putin talks off-camera, with delayed audio release. Russian foreign minister was on live TV.
— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) July 7, 2017
This appears to be a surrender of the talking point, and perhaps worse, a green light to hack our elections:
Tillerson confirms U.S. surrender to Russia on election interference. This is a huge green light for future Russian influence operations. pic.twitter.com/6h30vSudqS
— Ken Gude (@KenGude) July 7, 2017
The Russians just made Donald Trump look pretty foolish if he did not actually accept the Russian President at his word. If he did, then Donald Trump is too ignorant to be in the White House in any capacity.
But the truth might be more malevolent than bumbling fool, as President Trump, along with most elected Republicans, has shown no interest in addressing the hacking of the 2016 election that he won with the help of the Russians, nor has he done anything to try to secure future US elections from Russian meddling. In fact, Trump has denied that the Russians were behind the attack on the 2016 election, even though all 17 intel agencies agreed that it was the Russians.
Intelligence agencies and experts warn that we are still under attack by the Russians, right now. Instead, Trump told Putin they would work together to address such threats.
How will Trump work with Putin to address the threat that Putin poses to western democracy? This can’t be done. Trump should be working with other western democracies to undermine Putin. But instead, he is doing Putin’s bidding, perhaps unintentionally, by undermining the west in key ways.
More big talk as Russia spits in the US President’s eye and the US President does nothing except have his people lamely deny- maybe sort of but not really – the charge that he took Putin’s word on Russia’s meddling. This is called rolling over and playing dead. A green light, as suggested, to continue the theft of democracy.