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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The more Donald J. Trump talks about Russia, the harder it is to believe he’s actually loyal to the United States. He’s dedicated to his money and to his grotesquely inflated ego. He enjoys pomp and parades. The end.

Otherwise, Americans cannot count upon this president to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution any more than they could trust him alone with their wives or daughters. To Trump, patriotism is a one-way street running from his deluded voters to his grandiose sense of entitlement.

There it dead ends.

It’s all about him; it’s not about you, or me, or the United States of America. What’s more, deep down almost everybody knows it, apart from Trump’s dwindling cohort of diehard supporters.

Consider last weekend, when the guy Kevin Drum derisively calls “the greatest negotiator the world has ever seen” declared that regarding Russia’s massively-documented efforts to sabotage the 2016 U.S. elections, he disbelieves his own intelligence agencies and puts his faith in Vladimir Putin.

Trump even impugned the patriotism of former CIA director John Brennan, former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper and fired FBI director James Comey.

“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks,” Trump said. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”

Never mind that these three men have a combined history of more than ninety years of public service at the highest levels, versus Donald J. Trump’s glorious ten months as president. To him, they’re bunglers and prevaricators, while the trustworthy Russian dictator’s denials should be taken at face value—voluminous evidence notwithstanding.

How can anybody be surprised? A friend asks. After all, Trump is a guy who believed (or pretended to believe) “for years that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was aided in becoming President by a massive conspiracy involving his deceased parents, the director of Hawaii’s bureau of vital statistics, and a copy editor for the Honolulu Advertiser in 1961.”

It was quite funny to see people holding up “Welcome to Kenya” signs when the president recently touched down in Honolulu. But I digress, and pointlessly. Cultists cannot be persuaded by reason.

Within 24 hours, Trump was already walking the Russia nonsense halfway back. Meanwhile, Clapper—a retired Air Force general and the recipient of two Bronze Stars—issued a strong rebuttal: “the president was given clear and indisputable evidence that Russia interfered in the election. His own DNI and CIA director have confirmed the finding in the intelligence community assessment. The fact that he would take Putin at his word over the intelligence community is unconscionable.”

The CIA said that (Trump-appointed) director Mike Pompeo “stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community assessment…with regard to Russian election meddling.” That assessment concluded that Kremlin hackers and spies working for Vladimir Putin had done everything in their power to elect Donald J. Trump.

So the big dope started crawfishing. Putting aside his customary Mean Girls act, Trump explained that the Russian strongman—a one-time KGB Colonel whose political opponents often end up dead in the street–had gotten his little feelings hurt. “You can only ask so many times, Trump alibied. “He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”

“I really believe that when [Putin] tells me that, he means it. I think he’s very insulted, if you want to know the truth,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. At a press conference in Hanoi, he put further sideways spin on his remarks. He only meant to affirm Putin’s sincere belief, the president said.

“As to whether I believe it or not,” he said, “I’m with our [intelligence] agencies, especially as currently constituted.” Whatever that means.

Trump went on to argue that making nice with the Russians is more important than their subversion of our democracy.

Just give this egotistical buffoon a big military parade and a couple of flattering toasts and he rolls over on his back like a lost puppy. Would you like to scratch my belly? As the Washington Post’s invaluable conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin put it, Trump’s “the type of target that counterintelligence operatives dream of—an arrogant fool.”

To believe that Putin has America’s best interests at heart, said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “is not only naïve but also places our national security at risk.” Of course, a darker possibility also exists: that Trump isn’t so much naïve as frightened about whatever Putin has on him, and about the possibility Americans will find out.

Which the way things are going, appears quite likely.
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25 responses to “What Does Dictator Putin Have On Donald Trump?”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    Seeing an obsequious US. President eagerly chasing Vladimir Putin, and the latter doing his best to avoid shaking the hands of his buffoon was almost as embarrassing as seeing the same president do the sword dance with the relatives and friends of most of the 9/11 terrorists. From a long term perspective, however, the most damaging of Trump’s recent trip to Asian countries involves the finalization of the TPP, without U.S. involvement. Trump handed China an economic victory they do not deserve, and turned the U.S. into a big loser. I wonder who he is going to blame for this one? Obama? Hillary? Zachary Taylor? Or his fellow Republicans?

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    • The lucky one says:

      Yes and my guess is that the evidence relates to money laundering like his stooge Manafort.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Here in NJ, we knew for almost 5 years Trump was allowing his Middle Eastern high rollers at the Taj Mahal casino to launder money through a NY City Forex bank, Deutschebank.

        In 2013, the FBI and CIA Trump so hates nabbed Trump after Trump was warned 3 times to cease and desist. You’d get a single warning and jail time. Not Trump. He got a $25 million fine, absconsded on the NJ tax cuts for 2 hotels and casinos he filed for bankruptcy and then sold to tah dah… Carl Icahn, the wizard of thievery himself.

        The reality is that Trump doesn’t think there is anything wrong with money laundering. He doesn’t think there is anything wrong with allowing foreign leaders to put billions into his US businesses to keep them afloat nor does he believe that they shouldn’t then be allowed to put money into American campaigns.

        What’s wrong with that one might wonder? When these foreign adversaries bug U.S. embassies in their countries and use KGB spy tactics and WikiLeaks to get their syrupy mitts on STOLEN classified documents and then pump money into campaigns, how much more foreign interference can there be to influence the outcome of elections for their benefit?

        • idamag says:

          A psychopath doesn’t think the same things,we think are wrong, are wrong.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            So very true. When I was president of our local chapter of the Lion’s Club twice in a decade, one of our charitable volunteer efforts was to visit the less mentally ill at a state mental hospital.

            At first, the idea scared me. But, as usual, being a super curious person, I realized even the mentally ill have extraordinary ability to teach the sane how the human mind can go awry.

            Of course, we were never allowed anywhere near the criminally insane committed to a special ward. But even those who were allowed more freedom showed a juxtaposed view of the world they lived in.

            I recall one young man I was to spend time with wore a heavy winter Parka on a very hot July day. When I asked him why, he said, “Because it’s hot outside.” In his mind, his clothing was supposed to match the temperature. Interesting view of how Trump thinks. If he feels threatened, he “punches back harder.” If he wants something he knows he isn’t supposed to have, he simply turns it upside superficially and then takes what he wants internally.

    • idamag says:

      They will blame Obama and Hillary Clinton. That diptin, Sessions wants to appoint a committee to investigate Hillary again.

  2. timmfr30 says:

    waterboard him with hannity’s pi$$

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      The big problem for Republicans now? How to stop the next president from refusing to open up his financials, refusing to stop increasing his wealth from business properties, refusing to stop making business deals offshore for Iskanka and his sons and commandeering the DOJ, the FBI and the CIA through executive orders.

      Watch what happens if the Republicans lose the 2020 election and the next president dares to pull a “Trump” on them. What possible defense can they have for pulling the “Obama obstruction” game on a president who copies Trump to the “letter.”

      • Dominick Vila says:

        You are right. The precedent established by Trump, and condoned or ignored by a Republican Congress, is going to hunt the GOP for many years to come.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          If the Republicans even dare to try and stop the next president, especially if it is a Dem, from doing all the things Trump got away with, they will prove their “elitism” and belief they are a “privileged” class.

          My ex’s people, poor as they were, came from the south. My Dad was a dirt poor Italian immigrant farmer here in NJ. Yet, my ex’s people all had an odd attitude of superiority.

          Over time and a great deal of research into “why” these people had this attitude, it was because they came from a culture where the lowest of the low were black slaves who allowed even the lower class whites to believe they were “superior.”

          So, racism in this country has a far deeper malignancy than just white vs. minorities. It strikes at the very heart of how even poor whites have an invested need to believe someone else is beneath their “class.”

    • INDEED! There’s no use of Trump supporters to keep beating around the bush.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The more the Republicans cover up their part in the hacking into the 2016 election, the closer and more comfortable Putin becomes to continue that hacking. Trump constantly defends Putin against his own country.

    What if Obama did that? What if Clinton did that? So treason is only allowable for Republicans?

    Educated Americans know why Republicans won’t touch Trump or anything he does. But, you know what? The blowback will come when the next president is elected…IF a next president is EVER again elected without Russian rigging.

    What I find immensely amusing is how Trump is pulling from his typical CEO bully playbook with Putin. Trump actually believes he is hoodwinking Putin and can get Putin to do whatever he wants and all Trump has to do is look the part of the “friend” and “ally.”

    Meanwhile, former KGB expert, Putin is turning the screws on Trump and the people of this country. How beneficial is it for Trump to continue to defend Putin against election hacking? How beneficial is it to Putin specifically?

    Once you get that Trump has NO conscience, you see the gravity of this situation in a very different light. Couple that with the Trump/Putin games with each other and you know where our government is headed.

  4. Someone like Trump is any society’s worst nightmare. Putin is not too far behind. This tragic duo presents the most dangerous pair of degenerate leaders on the planet. Only people mentally deficient, and without a soul, would fail to see this.
    Any intelligent and thoughtful person in Russia or in America would have sized up the lack of decency in either one of these clowns just at a glance.

  5. Richard Prescott says:

    And today it was revealed, though not confirmed or reported widely, that up to 60 bank transfers had tags “To Finance Election Campaign 2016” from Russia to several banks around the world, including the USA.
    Anyone who has followed this buffoon for even the last 20 years, let alone longer, knows he is a snake oil salesman who was ever only out for himself.
    And the scary thought is that if he felt that launching nuclear missiles would benefit him somehow he would do it without a second thought.

    • idamag says:

      Trump was the perfect patsy for the Russian mob. He is narcissistic. He worships money. He lacks feelings. The feelings of love that we have for others are not feelings he has ever experienced. His wife and kids are possessions and he thinks his possessions are better than anyone else’s. He lacks the feelings we have for our country and our democracy. Power and money was dangled before him and he grabbed the bait.

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  6. Mama Bear says:

    illegal money. Period. And if the truth comes rolling out it will take down not just Trump but Pence, Ryan, McConnell and we just may end up with President Orin Hatch until 2020.

  7. idamag says:

    Try this for a theory. The most powerful mob, the Russian Mafia, takes over the Russian government and puts one of their own in office. Their tentacles are far reaching and they try to infiltrate world governments, including the United States. Fact: They did try to interfere in Australian elections, French elections, English elections, German elections and Italian elections. That theory might not be that far fetched.

  8. FT66 says:

    Putin to Trump looks like his second god. It was painful to watch Trump reducing himself at a level of no power at all or didn’t represent US while shaking hands with Putin as if nothing happened during 2016 election. Hard to understand what kind of a president Trump is.

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