President Donald Trump has again accepted Russian president Vladimir Putin’s denials of election interference — and social media users responded with shock and outrage.
Putin insisted after a two-hour private meeting with Trump that he did not order election hacks, despite the findings of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the indictment last week of 12 Russian intelligence officials.
Trump praised Putin as a “good competitor” and criticized Democrats and the media for alleging collusion between his campaign and Russia, and Twitter users were astonished at the display.
“Forgiveness” is one word to describe it. I would use a different word: “appeasement.” https://t.co/bSjSg6P6yB
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 16, 2018
Three days after indictments of Russian military officers, a week after Russia murdered a British citizen on British soil, Trump says our relationship with Russia is getting stronger and criticizes Democrats and the media. Somehow even worse than expected.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 16, 2018
Is Putin actually trying to suppress a grin as Trump says there was no collusion and discusses his victory over Clinton? Good God. This is so much worse that contemplated. “We ran a brilliant campaign and that’s why I’m President.”
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 16, 2018
Hi, I know you broke into my home, stole stuff, and left a mess, but I was hoping we could move past that by working together on my home security system. Said no one EVER. #TrumpPutin
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 16, 2018
Has there ever been a more humiliating press conference for an American President?
— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) July 16, 2018
Trump is lying right now about not knowing Putin before the election. He bragged about knowing him in 2014. https://t.co/EuBBKIT4eD
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 16, 2018
Imagine watching this train wreck of a press conference and thinking, yes, yes, President Trump *is* a strong and capable leader.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 16, 2018
Putin is completely in command of this situation. He’s basically told Trump to go piss up a rope about the GRU guys. (“You want investigations? Sure. I’ll look into it. Give me Bill Browder.”) Trump, meanwhile, is babbling “no collusion.”
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 16, 2018
Trump saying “there was no collusion” while standing next to Putin is a gift to documentary filmmakers for years to come, so there’s that!
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 16, 2018
"it was a clean campaign" pic.twitter.com/FJwJNur25p
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 16, 2018
Trump repeats his refrain that there was “no collusion.” Worth remembering that his son, son-in-law and campaign chairman accepted a meeting explicitly advertised as the Russian government offering incriminating information about Trump’s opponent to help him win the election.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 16, 2018
Wow, Trump won’t say Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
— Armando (@armandodkos) July 16, 2018
Remember when we heard screams for months about how Obama went on an apology tour? https://t.co/OYLyYHvjrj
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 16, 2018
Drink if you had Trump mention the Electoral College during his joint presser with Putin.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 16, 2018
Will serious Congressional Republicans still truly sit back and say nothing following this POTUS performance on the world stage uttering what he’s said while standing and UPLIFTING one of the great adversaries of freedom and democracy?
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 16, 2018
There are very fine countries on both sides. https://t.co/lqvHFw1wTz
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 16, 2018
Asked to denounce Putin, Trump attacks the FBI
— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 16, 2018
Trump, throws soccer ball for Baron, "Melania, here you go."
He got what he came for.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) July 16, 2018
Asked what Russia did to spoil relations with the U.S., Trump is unable to name one thing. Instead goes after Hillary Clinton, whom, he wants us all to know, he beat.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) July 16, 2018
This is truly insane! The Russians invaded our election and the American president yanmers about what a brilliant campaign he ran without one word of reproach to Putin for lying about Russia’s actions, which are ONGOING!!
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 16, 2018
If you needed any other evidence that this President is completely owned, you just got it.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 16, 2018
The President is standing next to a murderous Russian dictator, and sucking up to him, while throwing the entire U.S. Justice Department and Intelligence Community under the bus. I can only imagine how “concerned” and “somewhat alarmed” the Republican members of Congress are.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) July 16, 2018