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(Screenshot: YouTube/CNBC)President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Hold Joint Press Conference in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.
In Helsinki, Trump's behavior — taking Russia's side over the country he was elected to lead and the intelligence agencies that report to him — has been called indefensible, by many of America's defense and intelligence veterans and a handful of Republicans — mostly those not running for re-election.
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Since then, Trump has been playing with words. The president's transparently insincere "clarification" that he meant to say "I don't see why it wouldn't be [Russia]," rather than "I don't see why it would be," was contradicted both by his own off-script asides ("There's a lot of other people out there") and in his response to press questions ("No," to whether the Russians are still trying to meddle in U.S. elections), later interpreted by press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders that he had just meant for the press to leave the room.
That, of course, is directly counter to what Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, said Monday about "warning lights...blinking red" over Russian plans to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections this year.
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This is a cowardly and selfish way to think and operate, especially in a time like this. Unfortunately, in all my years working in Washington, I probably don't need two hands to count the number of politicians, in either party, who are willing to take actions that they know will cause them to lose the next election, unless they are already planning to leave office.
And that means that, for now, we are stuck with a strongman running and undermining our democracy.
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Make no mistake: A strongman is what Trump has always been, and now desires to be as president of the United States. His admiration for autocrats is by no means confined to Vladimir Putin, as...
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Communist, Socialist, Democrat, Republican, at this point, what difference does it make.