Trump minimizes importance of Russia's assault on US democracy

17 Juillet, 2017, 13:52 | Auteur: Edgar Lajoie
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump "pressed" Putin "regarding Russian involvement".

In addition to Trump Jr. others in the Trump Tower meeting included Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, both of whom played major roles in the campaign. Then, it was to hear information about campaign rival Hillary Clinton. And, you know, it's really remarkable.

The email said the information was coming courtesy of "Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"I think the 'drip-drip-drip' is a perfect analogy, for that's exactly what people said about Watergate and President Nixon's Oval Office tapes", said Luke Nichter, a historian who has written several books on the former president. CNN reported on Friday that a representative of Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russian family who asked Goldstone to arrange the meeting, may also have been there. "We've got to have America around". And so that means there's no reason for the public to have any faith that they're being honest and transparent in what they're telling us now, which means that it's all up to reporters to ferret out information about what really happened in this meeting and that the White House's word has become utterly meaningless. As Sen. John McCain noted sarcastically Sunday, "I am sure that Vladimir Putin could be of enormous assistance in that effort since he's doing the hacking". Trump's allies also were heartened by his trips to Europe, believing that his speech saluting national pride in Poland was a high point of his presidency and that he appeared statesman-like during a whirlwind visit to Paris.

The Russian lawyer represented a Russian real estate conglomerate in a case brought by former Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara in 2015.

. I spoke to Rob Goldstone about this some months ago. It is an entirely imaginary scandal manufactured by Trump because his fragile psyche can't handle the fact that Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than he did. And then just six days later, as Air Force One was returning from France, more news was breaking about Trump Jr.'s shifting account of the meeting, again launching a bad news cycle and straining the credibility of the president's defense team.

MICHAEL ISIKOFF: Good to be with you. And interestingly, the example the dictionary uses is in collusion with the enemy. All he cares about is his self-interest. She says Macron's main objective is to keep America in the circle of nations. On Friday, it was revealed a Russian lobbyist with alleged ties to Russian intelligence also attended the meeting. And that's what feeds the suspicion. The most benign explanation is that Trump is worried that such investigations will undermine his political legitimacy.

Trump's mention of "the Russian hoax story" comes as revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, during the 2016 campaign raise new questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the election in Trump's favor. Either way, the president is not treating this with the seriousness that an attack on our democracy deserves. And they retaliated by restricting adoptions of Russian children by Americans. His administration is even lobbying to water down in the House a sanctions bill passed 97-2 by the Senate.

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