GOP US Senator John McCain Opposes President Trump’s Meeting With President Putin

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The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on a RT interview that it was the US republican President Donald Trump who made the request for the one-on-one meet between him and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, and so Russia is accommodating his request. Although President Putin speaks English, he prefers to negotiate in his native language and so he will have a translator.  This means that President Trump should be accompanied by his own translator who will take notes which will not be available to the American public.

Remember that this meeting with President Putin was initiated by President Trump during the phone call where he called the Russian leader to congratulate him on his election win, against the instructions by all his advisers not to do this. He is giving President Putin a win right at the start by allowing for this summit which elevates him on the world stage.

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President Trump has insisted on continuing with his plans to have his one-on-one tete-a-tete with the Russian President Putin on the 16th of July 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, despite the Deputy Attorney General Attorney Rod Rosenstein having announced on the 13th of July, that the US department of Justice had filed indictments against 12 Russian GRU operatives for having interfered with the 2016 US election in order to effect the outcome in favor of Mr. Trump.

See: Mueller probe indictment of 12 Russians for hacking Democrats/ Washington Post

As per a CNN report,“both presidents have previously spoken in-person, but the Finland meeting will be the first without interpreters or top diplomats in attendance.”

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The republican Senator John McCain of Arizona is going public to recommend against this summit going forward unless President Trump is willing to confront President Putin about his having ordered his GRU operatives to attack the US elections infrastructure in 2016.

I doubt that this confrontation will take place as it was President Trump who benefited from the Russian assist. I can’t help but wonder if the reason that President Trump hasn’t led the charge to take steps to prevent similar attacks in future US elections, is that he welcomes this help from Russia.

See: Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead – The NYT

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 13, 2018, Katie Reilly of Time Magazine penned the following report, “John McCain Calls on President Trump to ‘Hold Putin Accountable’ or Cancel Helsinki Summit”

Excerpts:

“Arizona Sen. John McCain on Friday (7/13/18) praised the Justice Department’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers and called on President Donald Trump to cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is “not prepared to hold Putin accountable.”

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“The Russian intelligence officers were charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — the latest charges brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.”

“These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy,”McCain said in a statement on (7/13/18). “And despite repeated warnings from our nation’s top intelligence and military leaders, the Kremlin’s efforts to weaken our institutions have continued unabated with insufficient action taken by the administration or Congress to strengthen our cyber defenses, safeguard our election systems, and deter further destabilizing activities.”

“President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world,” McCain said. “If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”

Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin “may be the easiest” out of all his other meetings with NATO leaders this week. And on Friday, he voiced skepticism that the meeting with Putin would result in a confession about election meddling.

“I don’t think you’ll have any ‘Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me,’” Trump said Friday morning before the indictments were announced. “There won’t be a Perry Mason here, I don’t think, but you never know what happens, right?”

See: Our Cartoon President: Inside The Trump – Showtime

10 comments

  1. Gronda, Senator McCain is a statesman who has foreign relations experience and has fought for our country. Donald Trump is in it for a photo shoot. It is all about image. Does it make me look good is his key question. I have a McCain opinion on another subject that I will post soon. Keith

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  2. We really need a solid smoking gun that points to Russian collusion/ interference with our elections. There’s too much ambiguity and innuendos being charged by our DOJ that these indictments are fairly baseless and without bite. The Russian state dept and intelligence community are having a good laugh at our expense.

    Charging the GRU will do nothing at all b/c they will never be extradited to the US to answer anything. We are becoming a laughing stock as this Trump investigation drags on and on. Mueller better come thru for us or we are so screwed. Trump’s base will use this as an “I told you so” and god forbid he might even get re-elected in 2020! At this point it’s impeachment or hell. We better be all in, prepare!

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      We are all aware that the 12 Russians will never be extradited to the USA. This indictment is called a speaking indictment because it tells a story. It provides the minimal amount of hard facts required to get a “true bill” from the grand jury. This filing is only a tiny glimpse of what the FBI and the DOJ prosecutors know and have.

      The FBI’s Special Counsel wouldn’t file the indictment without having a solid case.

      The Special Counsel is in the process of developing a solid case vs. the Americans who conspired with Russia.

      There is no way President Trump and the republicans will be winning future elections unless they are in solid red states without Russia’s help.

      Remember, “he who laughs last, laughs best.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Dear Keith,

    Senator McCain’s voice in the US Senate is badly needed right about now. He has to be upset about what the US is doing, but he is one of the few who is able to persuade his colleagues to do the right thing.

    You’re right. But in this case both presidents are getting the photo-ops.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Usfman,

      The only positive thing that can be said about President’s betrayal of the USA at the Helsinki summit is that it could have been worse. The other is that more Americans are now seeing that the Emperor President Trump is naked like a jay bird.

      Hugs, Gronda

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