Helsinki Syndrome – Trump Praises Putin, Maligns U.S. at Joint Briefing

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On the heels of a 2 hour-plus meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Republican President Donald Trump continued to carry water for the Russian President, while at the same time getting in some digs at his own country.

CNBC: “The president blamed ‘both countries’ for the strained relationship. When a reporter asked the president if he would denounce Russia’s efforts to interfere in the presidential election, Trump raised the issue of Hillary Clinton’s email server.”

“‘I think it’s a disgrace we can’t get Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 e-mails. 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 said.”

“The Russian ministry of foreign affairs quoted the president’s tweet, and wrote: “We agree.” State news agencies immediately picked up on the president’s comments. A headline in the government-controlled Sputnik News on Monday read “Trump: Ties With Russia Have Never Been Worse Due to Years of ‘US Foolishness’”

“A number of former government officials have cautioned that the summit could serve to bolster Putin’s domestic image while offering few chances for the U.S. to extract concessions.”

“‘This is a great day for Vladimir Putin,’ former CIA and NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden said on CNN Monday.”

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