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
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