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Trump’s Least Finest Moment

President Trump should not ever suggest that he trusts the conclusions of former KGB agent/current Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies.

It’s not just a mistake. It’s not mainly an opportunity for Democrats to attack him, as some Trump supporters suggest. What’s more, it’s not time to be reciting Barack Obama’s sins, many as they are. And it’s not the time to talk about Trump’s actual policies, which have been rather tough on Russia.

What Trump did by suggesting that Putin might be right and that the Russians may not be guilty of interfering in the election needs to be seen for what it is independently of other issues. It is simply egregious. If Obama did it, conservatives would be all over him.

I understand there are reasons for it. But there is no excuse for it.

The reasons start with Trump’s obsession, which is understandable, with efforts to discredit his election. He fears that admitting to Russian interference is an opening for people to say that his election was not legitimate and that the Russians put him in office and without their help, Hillary Clinton would have won. I get that concern.

But what happened is what happened. Even House Republican acknowledge Russian involvement. This does not mean there was collusion with the Trump campaign. And it does not even mean that Russia was trying to get Trump elected, as opposed to mostly seeking to sow discord and undermine our democracy.

I also understand that Trump is trying to improve relations with Russia, and that he had just sat with Putin for hours during which the Russian president apparently made a passionate case that Russia did not interfere with the election. So to say otherwise would be calling Putin a liar while standing right next to him, something that not only is difficult to do on a personal level but that Trump may fear would damage whatever progress he had just made with Putin.

But Trump could have figured out a way to finesse this. Because there are certain principles that must not be violated. You do not credit a foreign power, particularly while overseas, while diminishing patriotic Americans. Even if some of them are enthusiastic participants in the deep state, it’s still our state.

Trump doesn’t backtrack, doesn’t apologize, and doesn’t give in. It’s part of his strength. But true strength, while tough to bend, is not inflexible. The president should recant what he said and apologize for it.

It won’t help him with his enemies. But it’s the right thing to do, and it will strengthen him by showing he can take responsibility for his errors.

30 Responses to Trump’s Least Finest Moment

  1. Regarding Trump saying, “AND I QUOTE” …”I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today”.

    Where the hell in that do you find that’s a “suggestion” that Putin may be right. He never said that. He mentioned the strength of his denial. PERIOD. You actually think he believes Putin? About anything?

    C’mon Keith. You’ve been watching how he does this for a year and a half.

    Figure out what the “wink” is, would ya’?

    ABTW, when Russia actually did invade the sovereignty of the Ukraine during Obama’s time, and the desperate Ukrainians asked the United States for help, he gave them socks and MRE’s.

    Trump gave then anti-tank guided missiles.
    So give me an ‘effing break about mentioning Obama on your site.

    You don’t like it , block me, I could give a sh*t.

    • Dude… Nicely put… So.. lemme be clear… I’m not following this closely — out participating in the Trump economy also so I am not on top of this..

      Someone Clarify…Scullman says… That this is the comment that sent the world spinning.

      True? Is there more to Trump’s comments? Do tell!!!

      ”I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today” Trump

      If so, I see no big deal… Part A – Confidence in USA Part B – Gave Putin a way to preserve his dignity, etc.

      Seems like Trump is working the art of the deal….unless I missed something or Scullman is making stuff up….but I should note that I was impressed with the extremely strong and powerful comments he made today.

    • Nicely put… So.. lemme be clear… I’m not following this closely — out participating in the Trump economy also so I am not on top of this..

      Someone Clarify…Scullman says… That this is the comment that sent the world spinning.

      True? Is there more to Trump’s comments? Do tell!!!

      ”I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today” Trump

      If so, I see no big deal… Part A – Confidence in USA Part B – Gave Putin a way to preserve his dignity, etc.

      Seems like Trump is working the art of the deal….unless I missed something or Scullman is making stuff up….but I should note that I was impressed with the extremely strong and powerful comments he made today.

  2. Bull cookies. Step out of the vortex, walk away from the bubble, and look at what happened with out eyes.
    Some Russians are charged (charged, not guilty) of hacking into the Dem servers while some others are charged (charged, not guilty) of buy some ads on Facebook.
    Neither of these things changed a single vote or persuaded people to abandon the “favorite”.
    He didn’t say Putin was right, he said he denied it.
    MrTrump has no faith that the FBI or the CIA will be telling him the truth, but rather they’re looking for means to chase him out of DC.

    There isn’t a lot of support out here in fly-over country for the FBI and the rest.

  3. Srdem65 – I agree wholeheartedly that he doesn’t and shouldn’t have any faith in the FBI, CIA, but he had the grace to say publicly that he does.

    This all reminds me of “Ma-um, he looked at me!” heard from the backseats of cars from little kids all over America.

  4. Don’t know why our president, or so many of his followers, cannot get that there may not have been any collusion, but the Russians still interfered (all on their own, no help from anyone here in America or from the Trump campaign) in our election. Doesn’t diminish his victory, it’s just something that we should not let happen again, to either Democrats or Republicans.

    • Because, SantaFe Reader, what the Russians did was no more than what they do in every election. It is an insignificant element. It’s tiny troll toes. It’s not even worth admitting. It’s the MSM who are trying to blow it up into this big “attack” and “interference” and the only reason they are doing this is to make it look as if Trump’s win was illegitimate. Why should he help them with this?

  5. Trump did not put a foot wrong. The MSM make it seem that way because they wish he had. Some of the news people sound deranged, like the one who compared the presser to Krystal Naucht and Pearl Harbor.

    If Trump had given them an opening they would now be trumpeting, “Trump ADMITS election was tampered with — refuses to acknowledge how much.”

  6. No, this is the moment that Keith realizes that he had begun to taste the MSM Kool-Aid and his readers are still out here analyzing Trump accurately.

  7. okay, time now for my say. My Dad was there in Germany at the concentration camps , freeing them. He was there in Korea, fighting alongside falling friends. He was there is Japan, before and after. All of his brothers fought as well. My late husband was in Viet Nam. His scars told his story ad he remembered the children that ran up to his friends and blew them away. He remembered the tunnels that were so cleverly laid, half of his friends fell into them and died before the knew it. He remembered how they were treated on their return. His brothers also served. Our son and grandson are now both active duty. They have also been in harm’s way.
    They fought so that people could be free. They fought in defense of the nation and believe in it all it’s virtues. Not once have I ever heard them disrespect this country or any of its leaders. They bore and still bear the scars from actually standing up.
    So because it would dishonor their memory and their sacrifices, I will not judge them. Instead, I will pray for them and for you, Keith.

  8. Praise in public, criticize in private. That’s just basic. Or, it should be.

    And, let’s be honest…when a certifiable slimeball like Peter Strzok can get as far as he has in the FBI, can let his partisanship guide his enforcement actions, can deny all that when called out on it, can look like Norman Bates from “Psycho” while telling the United States Congress to go screw itself, and can not only still be employed at taxpayer expense after all of that, but still maintain a TS/SCI security clearance even after being escorted out of the building, what might that suggest about the loyalty of other American G-men and spooks?

  9. This is what’s going on: here we are in the middle of a concocted media volcano of this silly story 24/7, and politicians and media people all aghast at this “outrage”. One nut job politician actually compares what Trump said to the 1938 pogrom Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany. Oh, yes. Gotta throw the Nazi image in all this. They are using the same words, the same memes and they are all, of course, properly “outraged”. Talk about collusion.

    BUT…..here’s what’s going on behind the scenes, and the point of the efforts of the Lefties: I promise you that, in the midst of this hysterical foolishness, the corporate media cabal has already commissioned many “opinion polls” about Trump’s “performance”.. The phone calls are going on right now, as we speak. And tomorrow, or in a couple of more days, the results will be released and Trump’s approval ratings will go down, all as the result of this massive propaganda effort to destroy Trump. Guarantee that’s what’s happening. Then, they’ll say, for days and days and days, “Hey look. Trump’s disapproval numbers are down. It’s over for Trump.”

    That’s what’s going on. Don’t fall for it.

  10. Thanks for all for the comments. Most of you know you’re always welcome to disagree with me, and I welcome it because I learn from you. But in this, I stand by every word of what I wrote.

    • The hot takes are, predictably, all over the place.

      But it’s not just commenters who disagree.

      See, for instance, Angelo Codevilla and Roger Kimball over at American Greatness.

      Then, too, there was this from Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit, emphasis mine:

      American presidents have historically done badly in their first meetings with Russian leaders, from Kennedy at Vienna to George W. staring into Putin’s soul. And as a general rule, Presidents don’t criticize their own intelligence agencies while at meetings with foreign adversaries. But then, as a general rule, U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t supposed to be involved in domestic politics up to their elbows, as has clearly been the case here. And don’t get me started on John Brennan’s disgraceful comments, which Rand Paul correctly calls “completely unhinged.” Brennan, like his colleagues Comey and Clapper, has made clear the rot at the top of important intelligence agencies, and people like Peter Strzok suggest that the rot extends some ways down from the head. So maybe the general rules don’t apply any more, and Trump is more a symptom than a cause of that.

      And that’s the crux of the matter, no?

      We know that American intelligence tools were used in an effort to influence a domestic political campaign. And the cover-up has come to necessitate a certain amount of doubling down on sedition, while trying to deflect (or is it project?) the blame in the general direction of the West Wing.

      It’s WAY too soon to tell how this will ultimately play out internationally. It’s a little early to be thinking about O-O-O when we’re barely past e2-e4.

      Domestically, though, the obnoxiously overheated obloquy from the supposed smart set has been as illustrative as it was inevitable.

      It is all about power and control. Rocket science this ain’t.

      Trump is an existential threat to the power of the political class, because he has the ultimate weapon at his disposal: laser-guided ridicule. He’s showing average Americans that the entire imperial Beltway establishment has not only gone clothing-optional; it never had all that much underneath there to begin with.

      This cannot be allowed to stand, for how will John Conyers V inherit his rightful seat in some future Congress, if those icky plebes wise up to the fact that you can’t spell Congress without “con”?

      Ergo, Trump must go. If they can’t find an actual crime to get him on, they’ll figure out some obscure process crime, or perhaps get Paul Manafort to compose something for a perjury trap.

      (As an aside, Manafort certainly has time for such a composition: he is, in a manner similar to convicted terrorists at ADX Florence, in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, every day.)

      And if process or perjury traps won’t work, then the next fallback is for the Democrats to take the House, whereupon they will promptly shut down all the investigations into the multiple (and probably ongoing) episodes of corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of American government.

      My point here is, the domestic manure storm that’s being kicked up by the Manchurian media is not about the best interests of the nation, vis-a-vis Russia.

      It is about narrative control, as a means to re-taking political control…and then, making damn sure they never lose that control again.

  11. C’est vrai. The communist central committee resides within the U.S. borders, casting-scripting-directing-producing the cerebral hypodermics via commercial media/academia/church mental ports of entry, because they may have met their match in one who could pop their smog of depravity balloon in which most heads reside.