Betteridge’s law of headlines is in effect.
The Washington Post: “Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly.”
“Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad”
“President Trump, who gleefully defies the norms of presidential behavior, went somewhere in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday where none of his predecessors have ever gone: He accepted the explanation of a hostile foreign leader over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.
“Mr. Trump’s declaration that he saw no reason not to believe President Vladimir V. Putin when he said the Russians did not try to fix the 2016 election was extraordinary enough. But it was only one of several statements the likes of which no other president has uttered while on foreign soil. He condemned the Justice Department’s investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia as a ‘disaster for our country.’
“He suggested that the F.B.I. deliberately mishandled its investigation of Russia’s hacking of the [DNC]. And he labeled an F.B.I. agent who testified about that investigation before Congress as a ‘disgrace to our country.’ In the fiery, disruptive, rules-breaking arc of Mr. Trump’s statecraft, his assertions during a news conference with Mr. Putin marked a new milestone, the foreign policy equivalent of Charlottesville. …
“Rather than defend the United States against those who would threaten it, he attacked his own citizens and institutions. Rather than challenge Mr. Putin, an adversary with a well-documented record of wrongdoing against the United States, he praised him without reservation. His statements were so divorced from American policy goals, so at odds with the rest of his administration, so inexplicable on so many levels that they brought to the surface a question that has long shadowed Mr. Trump: Does Russia have something on him?”
- Staff-banging, Serial Adulterer Noot: “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—immediately.”
- Walking Dead Brit Hume: “Because Trump is unable to see past himself, he sees the Russia meddling investigation as only about him.”
- America’s Dad Joe Walsh: “What Trump did today was commit treason. He cannot be supported anymore.”
And now, for something different:
- Sean Hannity: “[You showed] strength, not appeasement.”
And in conclusion, Comrade Traitor tries to spin it:
As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along! #HELSINKI2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018