He’s working for any dictator who flatters him.
Trump and his surrogates are lying.
Mueller has indicted dozens of people.
He has obtained multiple convictions and guilty pleas.
According to the Justice Department, Mueller’s report also presents evidence that Trump may have obstructed justice.
▪︎Trump shilled for Putin
▪︎Urged Russia to hack Hillary’s emails
▪︎Lied abt secret meeting to get Russian dirt on her
▪︎Attacked US Intelligence that documented Russia’s election interference
All of these betrayals of the United States are recorded or acknowledged on video.
Transcripts, videos, and government records show that he has repeatedly collaborated with tyrants against our country.
He has defended MbS, the Saudi prince, against American intelligence that exposes the crown prince’s role in the brutal murder of a U.S. resident.
He has declared that the Chinese government is more honorable than the American Democratic Party.
That’s how Putin used Trump & other governments have now learned the same trick.
It’s that he’s more treacherous.
He’s been selling out his country to any dictator - especially ones willing to compliment him or line his pockets.
Trump’s relationship with Russia is the template for all the treacheries that followed.
A foreign authoritarian flatters and favors Trump. Unlike past presidents, Trump has no immune response to such courtships. He has never served in the military or in public office.
He thinks of America as a corporation, with himself as the CEO. He regards the authoritarian as a fellow CEO and is happy to make a deal.
Anyone who gets between Trump & his new friend becomes an enemy.
That’s not ok.
Earlier this year, Trump went further, defending the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
July 2016, he called on Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. When asked if he had “any pause about asking a foreign government to hack into the system of anybody in this country,” he said, “No”
February 2017, he shooed a dozen US officials out of the Oval Office so he could ask then–FBI Director James Comey, one on one, to drop the FBI’s investigation of Flynn, who had lied about his contacts with Russia.
We found out from Russian media.
He dismissed the U.S. officials behind the report as liars and “political hacks.”
He has explicitly denounced the FBI, CIA, NSA & USIC at large.
Three days later, after his private meeting with Putin, Trump dismissed the evidence and indicated that he believed Putin’s denial.
They show that Trump formed an alliance with Putin and attacked anyone in the U.S. government who sought to tell the truth about Putin’s crimes.
But Putin isn’t the only despot Trump has protected.
He was just the first.
Three weeks earlier, he had complained that the US was spending too much money defending the Saudi kingdom
The Saudis were about to rectify that.
Officially, it was a “Signing Ceremony Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs.” Unofficially, it was the purchase of the president of the United States
their brutal war in Yemen
their abduction of Lebanon’s prime minister
their incendiary blockade of Qatar.
Then the Saudis denied that MBS had played any role in the crime.
But U.S. intelligence agencies obtained an audio recording and other evidence documenting the murder and the crown prince’s involvement.
Again, he chose the regime against the United States.
Trump resisted it, so officials leaked it.
One exhibit, confirmed by CIA, was of a phone call in which the commander of the hit squad instructed an aide to MBS to “tell your boss” that the job was done.
Three days later, he repeated, “They didn’t make a determination.”
Two days after that, Trump lied again: “They did not come to a conclusion. … The CIA points it both ways.”
The CIA’s report concluded: “We assess it is highly unlikely this team of operators … carried out the operation without Muhammed bin Salman’s authorization.”
Feb. 7, the NYT, citing a U.S. intel report written in Dec, reported additional evidence against the crown prince: an intercepted 2017 conversation in which he told an aide he would go after Khashoggi “with a bullet.”
But Trump has refused.
On March 8, 2018, a South Korean emissary went to the White House to pitch Kim’s offer: a summit with Trump.
But Trump ignored these officials. He immediately agreed to the summit and launched a campaign to promote it.
Unlike previous presidents, Trump saw the summit as a showcase not for Kim but for himself.
By staking his prestige on the summit’s success, Trump became Kim’s partner.
So no matter what U.S. intelligence said, Trump would insist that North Korea was denuclearizing.
2 days later, Trump tweeted: “Many good conversations with North Korea—it is going well! … Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining.”
Again, Trump was taking the word of a dictator over U.S. intelligence.
Again, he was treating any criticism of the dictator as a threat to himself.
Trump replied that these “negative stories” were “fake.”
Trump repeated that Kim was denuclearizing, and he said he and Kim had fallen “in love.”
Lesley Stahl asked, “But is it true that they haven’t gotten rid of a single weapon, and they may actually be building more missiles?”
Nov: a study based on satellite images and information from defectors identified more than a dozen secret military bases involved in North Korea’s missile program.
“Just more Fake News,” Trump tweeted.
A month ago, at a second summit with Kim, a reporter pointed out that in the eight months since the Singapore meeting, North Korea had cranked out more missiles and nuclear material.
He discounted satellite pictures of North Korea’s secret weapons work, arguing that they had been taken from “way above.”
“I don’t believe he knew about it,” said Trump.
It’s the story of his relationship with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.
Trump hasn’t sucked up to Erdogan the way he has sucked up to Putin, Kim, and MBS.
To get at Gülen, Erdogan’s government recruited an American agent: Trump’s foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn.
Trump didn’t care whether Flynn was loyal to the United States. He cared that Flynn was loyal to Trump.
Trump only cared that Flynn was loyal to Trump.
Election observers warned that the referendum had been stacked and that Turkey was sliding into authoritarianism.
Weeks later, Trump welcomed Erdogan to the White House.
And that’s when their partnership crossed a line:
Erdogan’s thugs brought their political violence onto American soil.
And Trump did nothing.
Shortly after it ended, Erdogan’s bodyguards broke through a police cordon outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence and assaulted protesters.
This was in Washington, DC, USA...
in broad daylight.
Congress and the State Department condemned the incident, and a grand jury indicted 15 Turkish officers.
And Trump said NOTHING.
The charges were later dropped.
Then, in the fall of 2018...
Erdogan went after Pennsylvania resident, Gülen again.
In exchange, Erdogan asked for help in getting at Gülen, the Turkish cleric.
The White House ordered DOJ to look for ways to EXPEL GÜLEN.
Trump told reporters that he wasn’t extraditing Gülen, but he added: “That is something that we’re always looking at.”
“He’s a strong man.
He’s a tough man. …
He’s a friend of mine.
And whatever we can do, we’ll do.”
It turned out there was something Trump could do.
Erdogan wanted to send Turkish forces into Syria to attack the Kurds.
But American troops—who were there to fight ISIS—were in his way.
Trump’s national security team prepared talking points, instructing him to tell Erdogan to back off.
He assured Trump that Turkey would finish the job if the US got out.
John Bolton was on the call & he reminded Trump that even without control of territory, ISIS remained a potent guerrilla force and terrorist network.
And he made his decision.
Trump told Erdogan,
“You know what?
Mattis, in protest, submitted his resignation as did Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition.
Trump responded by savaging both men and aligning himself with Erdogan.
Trump announced he was pushing Mattis out of his job.
Minutes later, Trump tweeted he had just spoken with Erdogan.
Trump said Erdogan had pledged to eradicate ISIS, “and he is a man who can do it.”
⚠︎ Turkish security thugs beating up protesters in America
⚠︎ Turkish president replacing the American defense secretary.
☠︎ Trump was fine with all of it.
Heads of several US Intel agencies appeared before the Senate Intel Cmte to present their annual report on threats to the United States.
None of the witnesses disputed Trump by name, but they contradicted him on every single point.
testified that North Korea’s ongoing work on nuclear weapons and deception was “inconsistent with full denuclearization.”
Gina Haspel, CIA director, agreed.
When Haspel was asked if NK changed its behavior during Trump’s presidency—she said it had not.
He cited “issues with Turkey”—apparently a reference to his written report, which warned of Turkey’s “growing authoritarianism” & its “regional ambitions.”
▪︎it continued to command “thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria,”
▪︎had returned to guerrilla warfare
▪︎was “moving to other ungoverned spaces”
▪︎was “continuing to plot attacks” against the US & others.
He lashed out at “the Intelligence people” & insisted he was right about ISIS & North Korea
“Caliphate will soon be destroyed,” he tweeted
“North Korea relationship is best it has ever been … Decent chance of Denuclearization. … Progress being made.”
Trump said the intelligence chiefs had told him privately that reports about their testimony—broadcast on live TV—were “fake news.”
(“We have a fantastic chemistry”)
Trump second-guessed the North Korean assessment of Dan Coats, UNITED STATES Dir of NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Trump boasted he fired Mattis.
TRUMP repeats their lies
Trump ATTACKS any AMERICAN, even a dead war hero, WHO SPEAKS the TRUTH.
DONALD J TRUMP IS THE EPITOME of a TRAITOR.
At the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer were refusing to fund Trump’s border wall. c-span.org/video/?456864-…
So Trump declared that the Chinese government was better than the Democratic Party
The Democratic Party of the United States whose members, y’know, just so happen to be Americans.
▪︎Xi isn’t the opposition to Trump
▪︎Putin isn’t the opposition to Trump
▪︎Kim isn’t the opposition to Trump
▪︎Erdogan isn’t the opposition to Trump
▪︎Prince BoneSAW isn’t the opposition to Trump
These Americans contradict Trump & threaten the dictators with whom he enjoys warm “chemistry.”
That is a lie.
Truth? Trump sees himself as part of a club of CEOs: heads of state.
In that club, little people like Khashoggi and the Kurds don’t count...and neither do we.
Trump sides with FOREIGN DICTATORS WHO MURDER THEIR OWN PEOPLE over AMERICANS, even in disputes about other authoritarians.
Trump wasn’t interested.
Instead, Trump wanted to talk about reports of a recent North Korean missile test.
“The president thought it was a hoax. He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”
“I believe Putin”
Trump believed the head of the hostile foreign nation who interfered in our elections OVER his own AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE
Trump defied the US government again.
Trump INTERVENED to PROTECT CHINA and NORTH KOREA from AMERICAN SANCTIONS.
The Treasury Department had just announced penalties against Chinese shipping companies for helping North Korea evade the sanctions.
Former Treasury officials = WTAF
An American president, on BEHALF of FOREIGN POWERS, UNDERCUT HIS OWN admin’s SANCTIONS.
“President Trump likes Chairman Kim & he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”
He likes Putin.
He likes Xi...Erdogan, Mohammed bone Saw & many other authoritarians.
Trump doesn’t want sanctions on any of them.
Trump DOES NOT care that he REPEATEDLY PUTS AMERICANS in DANGERfrom our military to our press, to you & me.
Because as long as dictators flatter him and/or he stands to personally make money, it’s all fine.