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Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

On Thursday afternoon, Trump lied his way through a 35-minute press conference to end the NATO summit, but also managed to expose the truth about his own weakness with Russia.

Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker asked Trump if NATO is of value in protecting the U.S. from Russia, but Trump sidestepped the question. Instead, Trump brought up his upcoming summit with Putin.

“I’m meeting with president Putin on Monday, and I think we go into that meeting, not looking for so much,” Trump said, and grudgingly added, “We will, of course, ask your favorite question about meddling. I will be asking that question again.”

“What if he denies it again?” Rucker asked.

“Well, he may, I mean look, he may. What am I going to do? He may deny it, it’s one of those things,” Trump said. “All I can do is say ‘Did you?’ and ‘Don’t do it again,’ but he may deny — you’ll be the first to know, okay?”

It’s telling that Trump called Russian election meddling “your favorite question.” This exchange deeply demonstrates the degree to which Trump does not take Russia’s actions seriously.

The fact is that Trump could do much more than accept Putin’s denial, or impotently asking him to stop. For example, he could address Putin with the U.S. intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia did interfere in our elections, and threaten additional sanctions instead of delaying and obstructing the ones Congress has already imposed.

But that would require him stand up to Putin, and Trump has repeatedly shown that he would rather attack our allies — as he did at the NATO summit — than offend the Russian dictator. Time, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, will tell why that is.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)