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
Panicked Republicans ‘working frantically behind the scenes’ — but Trump just keeps attacking GOP Gov Brian Kemp
Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump will pour gasoline on the intraparty inferno burning in Georgia.
Trump is officially traveling to the Peach State for a rally in support of the two Republican senators in January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.
Republicans worry Trump will continue to attack Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as he has on Twitter.
"Trump is to headline a campaign rally for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the state Saturday night — his first major political event since before the Nov. 3 election. GOP officials are working frantically behind the scenes to try to keep the president on script at the rally, worried that he will use the forum to attack Kemp and other state GOP officials who have resisted his pressure, according to a person familiar with the discussions," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump ‘facing a rapid decline’ as he wallows in ‘rage and denial’ over election loss: report
President Donald Trump's mental health since losing the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a new analysis by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker that was published online Saturday.
"Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted more than 130 messages on Twitter lashing out at the results of an election he lost. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong," Baker reported under the headline, "Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial."
Will we ever know how much money Trump and his family squeezed out of his presidency?
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
Four years ago, a victorious Donald Trump insisted that he had only lost the popular vote due to widespread fraud while raising tens of millions of dollars for his inauguration. Now, as his baseless, often goofy lawsuits get laughed out of courtroom after courtroom, a defeated Trump and his allies are raising tens of millions of dollars from his easily-enraged MAGA base to "stop the steal." And the lion's share of the $207 million Trump has raised since the election hasn't been spent on his legal campaign, but will instead fund his new political slush fund, among other things.