Trump Made Disturbing Call To Defend Putin, Said Russia Was “Falsely Accused” Of Election Interference

I cannot believe he did this.

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With new reports and investigations emerging about just how connected Donald Trump is to Russia, more of the president’s behavior is coming to light and it’s painting a very unsettling picture.

Considering that it’s recently been reported that the FBI is investigating whether or not Trump was working as a Russian agent during the first few months of his presidency, this next bit of news isn’t going to sit well. According to the New York Times, Trump placed a call to a Times reporter, insisting that Russia was being “falsely accused” of interfering in the 2016 election. To make this even more suspicious, this call was placed directly after Trump had met with Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first time at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The paper reported:

The day after the two meetings, as Mr. Trump was on Air Force One taking off from Germany heading back to Washington, he telephoned a Times reporter and argued that the Russians were falsely accused of election interference. While he insisted most of the conversation be off the record, he later repeated a few things in public in little-noticed asides.

He said that he raised the election hacking three times and that Mr. Putin denied involvement. But he said Mr. Putin also told him that ‘if we did, we wouldn’t have gotten caught because we’re professionals.’ Mr. Trump said: ‘I thought that was a good point because they are some of the best in the world’ at hacking.”

Trump’s conversation with Putin is extremely disturbing — but not as bad as the president’s own repeated defenses of Russia and the way he has refused to protect America from further meddling. Once again, the president chose to break with the popular opinion of America’s intelligence agencies so that he could remain BFFs with Putin.


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