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Obama Attacks Trump From South Africa

Of course, it doesn’t seem that he mentioned President Trump directly, but everyone knew whom he was talking about.

A former president, Barack Obama, assailed the current president in front of an appreciative crowd overseas.

“You have to believe in facts,” he said, to knowing laughter from the crowd. “People just make stuff up.”

Obviously, he’s referring to Trump. Not himself, the one who told us we could keep our doctors and make secret deals with Iran.

But I doubt it matters much to Obama where he is. He’s a citizen of the world, after all.

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.

Trump: Brennan is a “Very Bad Person”

In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to be aired Tuesday night, President Trump called former CIA Director John Brennan a “very bad person.”

Brennan, a longtime Trump critic and ally of Barack Obama, had characterized Trump’s performance at a press conference with Vladimir Putin as “treasonous,” presumably for suggesting Putin might be right and U.S. intelligence agencies wrong about Russian spying during the 2016 election.

Trump Indicates He May Believe Putin Over His Intel Agencies on Russia Hacking

President Trump Monday suggested that he might take Russian President Putin at his word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election.

Trump was asked whether he blieved U.S intelligence agencies or Putin.

Trump said:

[Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me. They said, they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be . . . 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.

Putin Suggests Russia Has no Compromising Info on Trump – but Doesn’t Exactly Deny It

Listen closely to Russian President Putin’s answer to a question about whether Russia has any compromising information on President Trump. He suggests it didn’t happen, that it would be logistically difficult, but he does not specifically say the Russians have no dirt on Trump.

“When President Trump visited Moscow back then, I didn’t even know he was in Moscow,” Putin said, for example. That’s a diversion. It could be true, but it’s not necessarily relevant to whether information was collected.

Now, to be clear, I’m not saying they do have such information. Or that if they do, it’s compromising enough to matter. I’m just reporting that Putin did not quite deny it, despite throwing up a lot of smoke.

Video || Trump: Mueller Probe “a Disaster for Our Country”

President Trump said during his press conference in Helsinki Monday with Russian President Putin that the Mueller investigation has unnecessarily hindered ties between Russia and the United States, saying, it “has had a negative relationship between the two largest nuclear powers in the world.”

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Trump Already Has a Massive $33 Million War Chest for His Campaign

According to Politico: President Donald Trump’s campaign has stockpiled $33 million in his campaign account two-and-a-half years before the next presidential election, new disclosures show . . . Trump’s campaign operation raised $18 million between April and the end of June overall, a slight decrease from the $20 million it had raised during the first… Continue Reading

Video || Trump and Putin Together Before Meeting in Helsinki

So, body language experts, go ahead and draw your conclusions. In a “pool spray” for reporters just before beginning a one-on-one meeting with only translators present, President Trump spoke optimistically about the U.S. relationship with Russia, continuing his line that it would be best for an improvement “We have not been getting along well for the… Continue Reading