Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s interests did not just align during America’s 2016 presidential election, but continue to align in their attempt to get Americans to forget about election interference, the former Ambassador to Russia explained on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour.”
“Russia’s interference in our last presidential election came up, as you might imagine, during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Russia where today he met with Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” anchor Brian Williams reported Tuesday.
“Putin was kind enough to invite everyone to his summer home in Sochi for today’s meeting where he made a point of complimenting special counsel Mueller while calling the end of the Mueller inquiry an opportunity,” he noted.
The host noted a Washington Post story on the meeting.
“The Kremlin has accused what it calls Washington’s anti-Russian establishment of blocking Trump’s efforts at closer ties,” The Post reported. “The Mueller investigation was the prime culprit in that narrative, weaving a web of suspicion around Trump and Putin to prevent the two from working together.”
For analysis, Williams interviewed Ambassador Michael McFaul.
“I think it’s an attempt by the Trump Administration to forget about the past,” McFaul said.
“I applaud the Secretary of State for reading a tough statement when he was with Lavrov and saying what I think should be the policy of the United States,” McFaul noted. “He said that on the record things that President Trump has never said, but that’s all a setup to now what I think is going to be a meeting between the two presidents on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan and it’s all like bygones.”
“You know, forget about what happen 2016. Forget about annexation in Ukraine. Forget about seizing two dozen Ukrainian sailors illegally. Let’s move on and just restore relations. That was the verb that President Putin used, at least during the remarks that he had with Pompeo,” McFaul explained.
Ivanka Trump wants to be the ‘first female president’ — but there’s one major obstacle
Ivanka Trump is harboring political ambitions after she leaves the White House after her father's election loss.
It's not clear where President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will live, along with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, but their former friends, colleagues and associates believe Ivanka Trump will try to build up her influence in the Republican Party, reported the Washington Post.
“I think she’d want to be the [first] female president,” said Marissa Velez Kraxberger, a film producer who worked for Ivanka for two years at her now-defunct company. “I don’t think she’s actually ever had any interest in fashion but everything was an angle to gain more power in whatever possible way.”
GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.
Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.
However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.
‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.
Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.
"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."