President Donald Trump is still thinking about his meeting with Vladimir Putin and says he’s looking forward to sitting down with the Russian autocrat again. The statement is stunning in the face of literal bipartisan and international condemnation of Trump’s refusal to represent and protect America’s interests while standing next to Putin.
“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” Trump said, once again attacking the free press. “I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed,” he added, tossing in a variety of issues
Trump was roundly condemned for bowing down to Putin and refusing to accept the findings of U.S. Intelligence services that Russia – under direct orders from Putin – interfered in the 2016 election.
He was forced to walk back his remarks, which he attempted by literally claiming just one word of his remarks in Helsinki was misspoken. That claim has been deemed a lie by many.
On social media, many expressed outrage:
In Trump's twisted world view, Russia, the country that used cyber warfare to attack our elections, is our friend while the free press is our "real enemy." https://t.co/tn95HwsrLS
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 19, 2018
He's not even hiding it. https://t.co/mZvbO9XXCg
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 19, 2018
Unfortunately, Mr. President, it wasn't the news media that undermined the US intelligence community's assessment of interference in 2016, refused to publicly confront Putin over the Russian attack on US democracy or faced criticism for all that from Rs & Ds alike. That was you. https://t.co/XBESxdQtUx
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 19, 2018
When you get caught taking Putin's 'strong denials' over the evidence from our intelligence agencies, just declare the real enemy the media. It's absolutely insane that this has become "normal" in 2018. https://t.co/tRdah8Xs3e
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 19, 2018
— Mark Berman (@markberman) July 19, 2018
20 days since the Capital Gazette shooting, the President of the United States is back to referring to journalists as “the real enemy of the people." https://t.co/sxyPhyoNv3
— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) July 19, 2018
Literally every authoritarian in the world shares the trait of attacking the media. Every Single One https://t.co/cVumCzr9GO
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) July 19, 2018
Russian Putin is our friend. The American Press is our enemy.
Putin is our friend. The Press is our enemy.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. And we've always been at war with Eastasia. https://t.co/Y3SDjzZ7Bn
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) July 19, 2018
George Conway blows apart Republicans’ ‘illogical and incoherent’ defense’ of Trump
Republican Washington lawyer George Conway found the GOP's attempts to defend President Donald Trump to be "illogical and incoherent."
The spouse of Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, explained that the witnesses were clearly non-partisan professionals only willing to talk about the facts.
"And the facts are quite damning. And the defenses that were put up by the Republicans were fundamentally illogical and incoherent," Conway told MSNBC. "I mean, one defense was, 'Hey, they actually got the money. The Ukrainians got the money and Zelensky didn’t make a statement. But the fact of the matter is, it was the ask that was illegal."
‘The country got an education’: Nicolle Wallace explains why impeachment could move public opinion
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace offered her analysis after the day of televised hearings in the impeachment inquiry.
Wallace, who served as White House communications director under President George W. Bush, drew upon her experience as a top Republican strategist.
"Listen, I haven’t spent a nanosecond in a courtroom, but I’ve spent my career in the court of public opinion. And if you look at what the Democrats have set out to do and you look at why this has swung public opinion in a way the Mueller probe never did is that they have laid brick on top of brick on top of brick," Wallace explained.
First day of impeachment hearings makes it damningly clear how much Trump’s actions in Ukraine benefited Putin
In his opening remarks on the first day of public impeachment hearings, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a hardcore Donald Trump lackey, tried to sell Republican claims that the president is the victim of a Democratic conspiracy. Nunes declared, "After the spectacular implosion of their Russia hoax on July 24, in which they spent years denouncing any Republican who ever shook hands with a Russian, on July 25 they turned on a dime and now claim the real malfeasance is Republicans’ dealings with Ukraine."