Circumstantial evidence is coming to the public realm that Comrade Trump really is the Russian Usurper, and he is a possible Russian Asset. His Helsinki performance was alarming, not just because of his sniveling defense of Putin, but because of the way he did not allow anyone to be in his assorted meetings with his boss Vlad (except the translator) and he put her under presidential privilege so she cannot tell anyone what she knows. I’m not even sure if she can be subpoenaed to testify behind closed doors to Congress.
“The American government does not know what was discussed between Trump and Vladimir Putin in that frankly pathetic, embarrassing encounter where Trump was kowtowing on the world stage to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Warner’s comment came in response to a report from The Washington Post that the US has no detailed records of Trump’s discussions with Putin in five locations. The same report cited several officials who said they have never gotten a “reliable readout” of a two-hour meeting in Helsinki last year.
But you can bank on it that the Kremlin has a detailed record of what they talked about.
Axios morning email thing summarizes (weird emboldening is theirs as is odd bullet usage):
- Trump even instructed the interpreter “not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials.”
- “U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout” by then-SecState Rex Tillerson.
- Why it matters: “U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.”
This is wild: “[O]fficials at times have had to rely on reports by U.S. intelligence agencies tracking the reaction in the Kremlin.”
- “U.S. intelligence agencies have been reluctant to call attention to such reports during Trump’s presidency because they have at times included comments by foreign officials disparaging the president or his advisers, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner.”
- A former administration official: “The feedback tended not to be positive.”
So even Comrade Trump’s paymasters thinks he’s stupid?
UPDATE 1: WaPo
“President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
“Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.
“The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.
“As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. … Because of the absence of any reliable record of Trump’s conversations with Putin, officials at times have had to rely on reports by U.S. intelligence agencies tracking the reaction in the Kremlin.”
UPDATE 2: Jeanine Pirro asks Comrade Prznint if he is a Russian Asset. Spoiler Alert: he never says no:
UPDATE 3: Deadline Hollywood has the transcript, if you don’t want to listen to her bleating and him braying (and I don’t blame you):