President Donald J. Trump is making headlines again on the back of his recent summit in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The crux of the issue? Well, history repeated itself as during a press conference following the summit, the 45th US President accepted President Putin’s denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential elections. This comes despite the contrary being touted by the US intelligence community.
The fallout of the Helsinki summit came in the form of a major bipartisan backlash in Washington, placing pressure on the Trump administration to clarify on the comments made during the press conference. And clarified (a day later) they did. According to the man himself, President Trump misspoke and the intended statement was “(Putin) just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be.” You can judge for yourself how much that argument holds up by reading the full transcript here.
Well things look pretty awkward in Washington when considering the fresh indictments against 12 Russian nationals by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, just days before the Helsinki summit. Indictments for meddling in the 2016 US elections in fact. Despite the multitude of hiccups made, President Trump did not forget to reiterate in his “clarification” that he had “full faith and support” of the US intelligence community, and supported their findings that Russia interfered in the elections (although someone else could have done it).
With not much information about what was said during the one-on-one meeting between the two leaders, it seems that the Trump administration is again coming apart at the seams. Held together with significantly less Republican backing this time. Well if there’s one thing the past 550 days has taught us, it’s that we should never underestimate what the Trump has in store.
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