Excerpts from a newly released book by Greg Miller titled “The Apprentice” shone some more light on Donald Trump’s very suspicious subservience to Vladimir Putin:
Trump’s admiration for the leader of Russia was inexplicable and never wavered after taking office. He praised the Russian leader, congratulated him, defended him, pursued meetings with him, and fought virtually any policy or punitive measure that might displease him.
A trained intelligence operative, Putin understood the power of playing to someone’s insecurities and ego. On cue, he reciprocated with frequent praise for the president he had sought to install in the White House.
In phone conversations with Trump, Putin would whisper conspiratorially, telling the U.S. president that it wasn’t their fault that they could not consummate the relationship that each had sought. Instead, Putin sought to reinforce Trump’s belief that he was being undermined by a secret government cabal, a bureaucratic “deep state.”
“It’s not us. We get it,” Putin would tell Trump, according to White House aides. “It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”
This excerpt speaks to a rather disturbing paradox that has emerged with respect to just who Donald Trump believes, and who he doesn’t believe. In essence, what Putin was doing in these phone calls was telling our current President to not believe his subordinates, most notably not to believe United States intelligence services such as the FBI and CIA. And, almost inexplicably, the President of the United States, when asked by Vladimir Putin to believe only Vladimir Putin and not to believe actual American government officials, has appeared to have taken that suggestion to heart.
Vladimir Putin is a known liar. He has lied about his country’s invasions of Georgia, Crimea, and Ukraine. He has lied about the downing of a passenger jet by Russians in Ukraine. He has repeatedly lied about attacks against Russian journalists and defectors, most recently a nerve gas attack in England. He lied to Donald Trump’s face about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 United States election.
Here is a link with more detail on some of Putin’s worst lies:
Yet, Donald Trump has never, ever, said anything that would remotely suggest he might think Putin has been untruthful with him. Here are some of Trump’s quotes about Putin:
In an interview with reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump is asked about broaching the issue with Putin during the G20 summit. “And I said to him, ‘Were you involved with the meddling in the election?’ He said, ‘Absolutely not. I was not involved.’ He was very strong on it,” Trump says. “I then said to him again, in a totally different way, ‘Were you involved with the meddling?’ He said, I was not — absolutely not. … Somebody said later to me, which was interesting. Said, let me tell you, if they were involved, you wouldn’t have found out about it. Okay, which is a very interesting point.”
“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew from Da Nang to Hanoi in Vietnam. Trump spoke to Putin three times on the sidelines of summit here, where the Russia meddling issue arose.
“Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ ” Trump said. “And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”
“They said, ‘I think it is Russia.’ I have President Putin. He just said it is not Russia,” Trump said in Helsinki after a two-hour private meeting with the Russian leader. “I will say this: I do not see any reason why it would be.”
Trump also deflected direct questions about Russia’s role in the 2016 elections, and declined to denounce Russia for interference when asked. Instead, he seemed to praise Putin. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial,” Trump said.
Trump repeatedly acted as if Vladimir Putin was a man who could be taken at his word, despite the fact that Vladimir Putin is a renowned liar, is a former KGB agent, and has been orchestrating attacks on the United States and allies. Trump repeatedly acted as if Vladimir Putin was a man who could be taken at his word, despite the fact that every United States intelligence agency has said Russia interfered with our election, and a federal grand jury has returned indictments on dozens of Russians for interfering with the election.
So, what gives? We know Trump likes to call the media out for lying. Maybe he acts differently towards individuals? Is he just the type of person that thinks twice before calling someone else a liar? Because if not, why won’t he say anything about the lies he was told by Vladimir Putin?
So, let’s take a look at Trump’s twitter account to see if there are any examples of Donald Trump calling an individual a liar:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Carl Bernstein:
United States FBI Agent Peter Strzok:
United States FBI Agent Lisa Page:
United States CIA Director John Brennan:
United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:
United States FBI Director James Comey:
United States FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe:
United States Congressman Adam Schiff:
Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:
Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor George Papadopoulos:
United States Congresswoman Frederica Wilson:
United States Senator Lindsey Graham:
United States Senator Richard Blumenthal:
United States Congressman John Lewis:
United States Senator Tim Kaine:
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren:
United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
United States Senator Ted Cruz:
Wall Street Journal Editor Mary Kissel:
United States Senator Marco Rubio:
Florida Governor Jeb Bush:
United States Senator Bernie Sanders:
Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly:
Ohio Governor John Kasich:
Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson:
President of the United States George W. Bush:
CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist George Will:
Fox Broadcasting Company CEO Barry Diller:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charles Krauthammer:
President of the United States Barack Obama:
CIA Employee and leaker of classified information Edward Snowden:
Donald Trump seems to have no problem at all calling someone a liar. Why won’t he do that to Vladimir Putin?