Thomas Friedman Calls President Trump A Russian Agent

President Donald J. Trump with President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference in Helsinki on Monday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesIt is about time that a well known thinker, journalist, expert on middle eastern affairs and multiple Pulitzer prize winner, Thomas Friedman who writes on occasion for The New York Times. finally fesses up that the emperor, the republican President Donald Trump has not been wearing any clothes. President Trump has been acting, talking, and walking like a Russian asset.

On the 16th of July 2018, the President Trump insisted on continuing with his plan to have his tete-a-tete with the Russian President Putin in Helsinki, Finland, despite the US 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? Yet when he was questioned about these indictments at a joint press conference, he equivocated, stating that both the US and Russia are at fault for Russia’s attack on the US election infrastructure. He did not defend the US and its national security interests.

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

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Here is the rest of the story…

On July 16, 2018, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times penned the following op-ed piece, “Trump and Putin vs. America”

“From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax — never President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his unprecedented cyber-hit on our democratic process. Such behavior by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.”

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“Everything that happened in Helsinki today only reinforces that conclusion. My fellow Americans, we are in trouble and we have some big decisions to make today. This was a historic moment in the entire history of the United States.”

“There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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“Trump vacated that oath today, and Republicans can no longer run and hide from that fact. Every single Republican lawmaker will be — and should be — asked on the election trail: Are you with Trump and Putin or are you with the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A.?”

“It started with the shocking tweet that Trump issued before he even sat down with Putin this morning: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” The official Twitter account of the Russian foreign ministry — recognizing a useful idiot when it saw one — immediately “liked” Trump’s tweet and later added: “We agree.”

“I’ll bet they do.”

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“It only got worse when, in his joint news conference with Putin, Trump was asked explicitly if he believed the conclusion of his intelligence agencies that Russia hacked our elections. The president of the United States basically threw his entire intelligence establishment under a bus, while throwing out a cloud of dust about Hillary Clinton’s server to disguise what he was doing.”

“Trump actually said on the question of who hacked our election, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia. And in a bit of shocking moral equivalence, Trump added of the United States and Russia: “We are all to blame … both made some mistakes.” Trump said that it was actually the American probe into the Russian hacking that has “kept us apart.”

“To watch an American president dis his own intelligence agencies, blame both sides for the Russian hacking of our election — and deliberately try to confuse the fact that there is still no solid proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia with the fact that Russia had its own interest in trying to defeat the anti-Putin Hillary Clinton — actually made me sick to my stomach.”

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“I completely endorse the former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan’s tweet after the news conference:”

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018

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“Listening to Trump, it was as if Franklin Roosevelt had announced after Pearl Harbor: “Hey, both sides are to blame. Our battleships in Hawaii were a little provocative to Japan — and, by the way, I had nothing to do with the causes for their attack. So cool it.”

“There is only one message Trump should have sent Putin in this meeting today: “You have attacked our democracy, as well as two core pillars of the global economic and security order that have kept the peace and promoted prosperity since World War II — the European Union and NATO. We are not interested in any of your poker-faced denials. Just know that if you keep doing it, we will consider it an act of war and we will not only sanction you like never before, but you’ll taste every cyber-weapon we have in our arsenal — and some of your most intimate personal secrets will appear on the front pages of every newspaper in the world. Is there any part of that sentence you do not understand?”

“So we will be watching you between now and our midterm elections,” Trump should have added. “I’m sure you know the date. If you behave well, we’ll talk again in December 2018 about anything you want — Ukraine, Syria, Crimea or arms control. Until then our C.I.A. and N.S.A. are on to you and your cyber-spooks. And Vlad, as you may have noticed from my Justice Department’s recent indictment of 12 of your agents, you are not as good as you think.”

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“That is what a real American president, sworn to protect and defend the Constitution, would have said to Putin today. He would have understood that this meeting had only one agenda item — and it was not developing an “extraordinary” relationship.”

“It was d-e-t-e-r-r-e-n-c-e — deterrence of a Russia that has been increasingly reckless and destabilizing.”

“Last week, America’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, described Putin’s cyber-campaign as one designed “to exploit America’s openness in order to undermine our long-term competitive advantage.” Coats added that America’s digital infrastructure “is literally under attack,” adding that there was “no question” that Russia was the “most aggressive foreign actor.”

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“I am not given to conspiracy theories, but I cannot help wondering if the first thing Trump said to Putin in their private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, before their aides were allowed to enter, was actually: “Vladimir, we’re still good, right? You and me, we’re still good?”

And that Putin answered: “Donald, you have nothing to worry about. Just keep being yourself. We’re still good.”

Link to entire article: Opinion | Trump and Putin vs. America – The New York Times

7 comments

    • Dear Suzanne,

      More and more mainstream experts and journalists are becoming more blunt that President Trump is a Russian asset.

      Thanks a million times over again for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. Gronda, this is consistent with our feelings now for sometime. He is compromised. Of course, Putin has a dossier on him. He has dossiers on everyone of interest, especially one who has been lent hundreds of millions by the Russian oligarchy over the years.That was one of his biggest lies at the press conference. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You can count on 2 things. First, there is no doubt in my mind that Russia has kompromat on President Trump and that they have a transcript of whatever was said between the 2 leaders based on a recording.That is why I believe the interpreter who was present and who is a US State Department, needs to be debriefed.

      Hugs, Gronda

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