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Saturday, November 11, 2017

DANANG, Vietnam -- President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscow's meddling a politically motivated "hit job" that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues.

Speaking after meeting privately with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump said it was time to move past the issue so that the United States and Russia could cooperate on confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea, solving the Syrian civil war and working together on Ukraine.

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"He said he didn't meddle -- I asked him again," Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One as he flew to Hanoi for more meetings. "You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putin's denials, but his account of the conversation indicated he was far more inclined to accept the Russian president's assertions than those of his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Mr. Putin directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote.

"Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it," Mr. Trump said of Mr. Putin. "I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country."

His remarks led to criticism from lawmakers, including Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

"You know who else is insulted by it, Mr. President? The American people," Mr. Schiff said on Twitter. "You believe a foreign adversary over your own intelligence agencies."

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Mr. Trump heaped disdain on the former leaders of three American intelligence agencies -- John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director; James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence; and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired this year -- appearing to suggest that they were less trustworthy than Mr. Putin.

"I mean, give me a break -- they're political hacks," Mr. Trump said. "You have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey's proven now to be a liar, and he's proven to be a leaker, so you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that."

The president said lingering questions about whether his campaign aides had worked with Russia to sway the election were souring Washington's relationship with Moscow on a host of vital security issues.

"Having a good relationship with Russia is a great, great thing," Mr. Trump said. "This artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way, and that's a shame, because people will die."

What a self-consumed piece of sh... werk this ----- is.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-11 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Well, if Putin denies it and Trump believes him, then it's the truth. Obvs.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-11 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thread already up by Doc "Early Bird" Sarvis

www.drudge.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-11 12:23 PM | Reply


... "Having a good relationship with Russia is a great, great thing, Mr. Trump said. ..."

Yes, having a good relationship with Russia can be great. Or not. Depending upon the cost required to attain that good relationship.

Allowing Russia to meddle in our election process is too high of a toll to get to a good relationship with Russia.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-11 12:26 PM | Reply

...too high of a toll to get to a good relationship with for Russia.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-11 12:29 PM | Reply

George W. Bush said he could see Putin's soul when he looked Putin in the eye. Now Trump says Putin "means it".

Two questions -

Why does anyone believe this BS?

Why do Republicans believe our enemies before ever believing any Democrat?

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-11 12:57 PM | Reply

With all of the other turmoil surrounding his presidency, I bet donnie dollhands is relieved, bigly, that neither Vladimir or Roy Moore did anything wrong.

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-11-11 01:05 PM | Reply

#6 - Because the right leaning media have been vilifying democrats/liberals (fellow Americans) for 20 years. It has finally gotten to the point where one third of the american public believes there is no greater evil than a liberal american. It truly is sad when you think about it.

#8 | Posted by schmanch at 2017-11-11 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

He's still trying to convince himself he actually won the election fair and square.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-11 01:22 PM | Reply


@#6 ... Why do Republicans believe our enemies before ever believing any Democrat? ..

There used to be a time, not too long ago, when politics pretty much stopped at the water's edge.

A time when the Country was united in fighting enemies outside our borders.

Now, it appears, we spend more time fighting each other.

The shocking part is that one of the sides within our borders seems to be, at best, passively allowing help in this fight from entities beyond our borders that hold animus towards us.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-11 01:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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"Now, it appears, we spend more time fighting each other."

Which is ultimately what Putin wants: Americans at each others' throats and America weakened on the world stage.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-11 01:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Now, it appears, we spend more time fighting each other."

This is an important shift in the gestalt that most people are too busy navel gazing to realize.

OWS wasn't about us protesting each other, though it was met from a lot of derisive comments about OWS people from people who like wealth inequality.

But now we are literally protesting each other; Confederate Flag Wavers vs. Antifa.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-11 02:09 PM | Reply

We do know that someone in Russia spent about 100k to influence the election through Facebook, and we all know how far 100k goes when it comes to buying a presidential election...

#13 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-11 02:43 PM | Reply

"we all know how far 100k goes"

Facebook doesn't charge anything to create a bunch of smurf accounts and spam right-wingers with fake news.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-11 02:46 PM | Reply

We do know that someone in Russia spent about 100k to influence the election through Facebook, and we all know how far 100k goes when it comes to buying a presidential election...

#13 | POSTED BY MSGT

Nice cherry picking of info.

If that 100k bought material that was seen by 125 million people then it was well spent, don't you think?

Or would you rather keep downplaying it out of some sick partisan desire?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-11 03:03 PM | Reply

Facebook doesn't charge anything to create a bunch of smurf accounts and spam right-wingers with fake news.

#14 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

They know that. They're just hacks who support a terrible excuse for a human being.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-11 03:03 PM | Reply


@#13 ... We do know that someone in Russia spent about 100k to influence the election through Facebook, and we all know how far 100k goes ...

When you're buying ads, you do not look at the money spent as the measure of effectiveness, you look at the number of people who see the ad.

In this case, there were around 125 million people.

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-11 03:13 PM | Reply

Hey, it's Veteran's Day.
Trump could take a dump on the Tomb of the Unknown and MSgt would eat it.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-11 03:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I posted this on another thread: Pompeo says Russia did meddle.
www.cnn.com

#19 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-11 03:27 PM | Reply

The ------------------- will never let an opportunity to lick Putin's boots go to waste.

#20 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-11 05:04 PM | Reply

boots or balls? ... or both?

#21 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-11 07:23 PM | Reply

... er, uh, or should I of said all three ~ ♧ ~

#22 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-11 07:59 PM | Reply

At what point do all the hardened, down to earth Republicans who always claim to know a lie when they hear one, gonna admit that Trump is a self serving dishonest weasel?

#23 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-11 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Never. Might have a Clinton deflection or two though.

#24 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-11 08:20 PM | Reply

Russia says this conversation didn't take place..

#25 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-11-12 12:14 AM | Reply

#25

It must not have then 'cause if Putin said it, he 'means it'.

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-12 12:21 AM | Reply

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