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Friday, July 7, 2017

Trump scolds Russia prior to Putin meeting but Dems aren't satisfied

If President Trump found a cure for cancer the Democrats would blame him for putting oncology physicians out of work. 

Trump called for Moscow to stop fanning the flames of global unrest as he is meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 as I write this, while yesterday, the Democrats criticized him for "casting doubt" at a press conference as to whether Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The President has often said he'd like us to get along with Russia and this has become fodder for the Dems who allege collusion with Moscow. 

To the Dems, this is worse than Obama's open mike with Russian President Medvedev when Obama told him that he would have 'more flexibility' after the 2012 election.

To the Dems, this is worse than Hillary Clinton selling 20 percent of the world's uranium to Russia.

President Trump's Warsaw speech openly criticized Russia's global policies.

"We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself," Trump said.

But in a joint press conference with Poland's President Duda, Trump wasn't very critical of Russia's apparent meddling in the U.S. election.

"I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people in other countries--I don't want to be specific," Trump said. "I think Russia probably, and other people and other countries, nobody really knows, nobody knows for sure," he said inelegantly. 

Trump then added: "Remember Iraq weapons of mass destruction? Everyone was one hundred percent sure Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; guess what--they were wrong and it led to a mess--it was Russia, but others also."

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee charged with investigating the alleged Russian election meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign associates, dissed Trump on Twitter for his response.

"America last. @POTUS already capitulates to Putin." Schiff tweeted sans exclamation point.

"This is not putting America first, but continuing to propagate his own personal fiction at the country's expense," Schiff said, and urged Trump to "have the courage" to raise with Putin, the issue of Russian interference in the election--as if Putin would 'fess up' about Russia's meddling. "Otherwise the Kremlin will conclude he is too weak to stand up to them. That would be a historic mistake, with damaging implications for our foreign policy for years to come," Schiff asserted.

Schiff apparently forgot that Obama knew of Russia's meddling and did nothing about it--but Trump didn't forget and mentioned it yesterday.

"I think he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the election and let's not do anything about it," Trump said of failed President Obama. "He was told by the CIA that Russia was trying to get involved. He did nothing about it. People said he choked--I don't think he choked," Trump said, making reference to a sports term meaning that Obama had the chance to make America great again but froze. 

Trump evidently believes he didn't freeze but did it intentionally to keep America status quo and not so great.