Trump's audacious whopper: He's tough on Russian Federation

Fredrick Soto
February 24, 2018

On Tuesday, Trump claimed on Twitter that he has "been much tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, just look at the facts".

In the 37 -page indictment, he presents compelling evidence that the Russian entities engaged in cyber crimes aimed at boosting Donald Trump in the 2016 election and, more broadly, sow discord throughout American society.

Speaking to journalists in India where he using his status as the president's son to sell condominiums bearing the Trump name, Don Trump Jr. complained about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Trump has yet to accept the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation deliberately tried to influence American voters in favor of his candidacy. Those include trying to gain support for a global pressure campaign against nuclear-armed North Korea, trying to persuade Moscow to help Washington counter Iran's growing influence in the Middle East, and curbing Russia's intervention in Syria, where Kremlin support for President Bashar al-Assad is fueling a civil war. According to the indictment, he spent about $1.25 million per month, although some unidentified portion of that went for operations directed at Russian and other foreign (non-U.S) audiences. In fact, the introduction to the indictment clearly states that the defendants' activities were carried out "from in or around 2014 to the present, . through fraud and deceit for the goal of interfering with the USA political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016".

After the US presidential election was over, Obama issued sanctions against nine Russian individuals and entities for election meddling.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate Obama concerning Russia's meddling. The social media companies whose platforms were exploited must take action to close off the vulnerabilities that Putin and others have exposed and continue to exploit. But even some Democrats have criticized Obama for not responding more forcefully or publicly to Russian interference.

Trump met with two shooting victims in an unannounced visit to a Florida hospital on Friday evening, White House officials said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump this week, saying the president "hasn't said that Russian Federation didn't meddle, what he's saying is it didn't have an impact, and it certainly wasn't with help from the Trump campaign".

Mueller and the intelligence community should do all they can to understand, and lay bare, the Russian efforts to weaken democratic government in the US and elsewhere. It isn't clear why the Russian-organized pro-Trump activities should have been more influential than the vastly greater number of similar, but legitimate, activities.

Some time after Putin sent Russian troops into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and seized it, candidate Trump insisted that when he became president, the Russian troops would no longer be there.

"I said "it may be Russian Federation, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer", Trump wrote".

Steele is not a USA citizen.

But Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation, wasn't buying it. "You know who is tough on Russian Federation?"

The Russia campaign was a shockingly cynical violation of our sovereignty.

We can't help but wonder why Trump is so protective and admiring of Putin no matter what he does. It's time not only to fight back - but also to try to find common ground, uniting at least on this issue, to protect the democratic values and democratic system that most of us cherish, before it's too late.

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