Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Missed opportunity? The Putin-Trump summit that wasn't

Missed opportunity? The Putin-Trump summit that wasn't

"I'm with our agencies, especially as now constituted with their leadership", Trump said.

"As now led, by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies", Trump said.

Believing Vladimir Putin's denials of Russia's election meddling.

Yikes. Naturally, President Trump tried to walk back that observation - sort of.

Or is it just that he can't see well through the haze of his own miasma of self-regard, stunning ignorance about almost everything important to our democracy, and a need to undermine and destroy every vestige of policy-making by his predecessor, Barack Obama, no matter what the cost to our nation's norms and governance?

Trump, Source C continues, even offered to defend Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings: "He said he did not inhale". We know this because Mr. Trump actually used the words, "political hacks", to describe the two veteran intelligence officials (as well as former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey), who believe Mr. Trump is getting played by Mr. Putin like composer Igor Stravinsky seated at the piano - masterfully.

If he were a normal elected leader, he might have followed up with a rejoinder about how USA intelligence experts have nearly all come to the opposite conclusion - that Putin's government-sponsored hackers did do their best to throw a monkey wrench into the 2016 presidential electoral process, and may well have done enough damage to give Trump the wiggle room he needed to squeak into the White House.

"I'm a simple man, I don't really totally understand this", said MSNBC's John Heilemann, filling in for host Joe Scarborough. I'd rather have him get out of Syria, to be honest with you. Trump sort of, kind of, lamely clarified that he didn't necessarily believe that Putin and Russian Federation didn't try to influence the election, just that he believed that Putin believed he didn't. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that....' Putin said he did not do what they said he did". "I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election". "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". "I pray all the hatred in the United States will stop and everyone works together to restore our Nation instead of trying to cause World War III", another added. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S. -Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS's losses on the battlefield in recent months.

IT would have been a photojournalist's dream photo opportunity, posing the world's three most powerful leaders-President Xi Jinping of China, President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and President Donald Trump of the United States-for a major photograph that would rival the triumvirate photos in World War II, which helped seal the fate of Adolf Hitler. "Here, in the US disrespectful cyclist flips him off, but in foreign lands, they stand when hearing our anthem and in Vietnam, one man even calls him the Angel of America", one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page. On Face the Nation on CBS, panelist Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic told host John Dickerson that Trump, "in his heart", seems to believe that the Russian Federation controversy is manufactured by his enemies.

Putin, who has yet to make his presidential ambitions official, is widely expected to run in the 2018 election that would extend his presidency into 2024.

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