.@SecNielsen echoes Trump's #BothSides comments about violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville: "I think what's important about that conversation is, it's not that one side is right, one side is wrong -- anybody that is advocating violence, we need to work to mitigate."
In this 54-second video meant to prove that Trump recognizes Russian meddling, Trump denies the US intelligence community's consensus conclusion that Russia & Russia alone was responsible for interfering in the 2016 election no less than ten (10) times
On Morning Joe, former ambassador @McFaul -- who Trump is considering allowing to be interrogated by Russian authorities -- says "this isn't just about me -- this is about America national interest. We can't allow this kind of moral equivalency when dealing with Vladimir Putin."
McFaul on State Department statement denouncing Putin's request: "The thing that was abnormal was the first phrase. 'While I can't speak for the White House.' I'm sorry, there's one Trump administration."
McFAUL: "What I fear, b/c Trump probably is not as conversant in these issues as he should be, is he nodded along. 'Ok that sounds like a good idea. Oh, you have some trouble with our officials.' You don't need to believe me. He said it to the world. He thinks it's a great idea."
On @foxandfriends, @KellyannePolls urges people to believe what Trump said about Russian meddling yesterday, and not what he said while standing alongside Putin, but downplays the whole fiasco: "The media only talks about meddling in the election."
Conway laments, "This nonsense that you doesn't even meet with the leader of the Kremlin -- where were the media when other presidents did exactly that?"
(Who wants to tell her that no other president was under active criminal investigation for colluding with the Kremlin?)
On same morning White House OMB projects that the deficit will rocket to $890B *this year*, @KellyannePolls is touting more tax cuts
Many people are saying stable geniuses like the president are big fans of his public supplication to a murderous strongman who attacked American democracy
Trump hasn’t been able to cite a single reason why his secret Putin meeting was necessary. He hasn’t bothered to explain what they discussed. We don’t know of a single concrete agreement that was reached. And yet he wants us to believe it was a smashing success 🤔
This is a false dichotomy. There is a whole spectrum of relations America can have with Putin in between total fealty and nuclear war.
TRUMP calls summit with Putin "the most successful" of his trip to Europe..... but doesn't cite a single concrete thing he and Putin accomplished 🤔
TRUMP: "I have felt very strongly that by the lack while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place.... could be other people, also."
LOLOL Trump explains that he actually meant the exact opposite of what he said in Helsinki.
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word 'would,' instead the sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia.'"
.@SpeakerRyan downplays Russian interference: "It is clear that it didn't have a material effect on our elections." (That assertion is not in fact clear at all.)
Ryan dodges question about if House Republicans made mistake by publicly questioning intel community's conclusion about Russian interference, then dodges question about whether Trump's kowtowing to Putin suggests Republicans should stop attacking Mueller so much. #leadership
The Trump-Putin Helsinki news conference is about to begin. Follow me for a video thread.
WOW -- a reporter was forcibly removed from the press conference before it began. @Acosta says he is with @thenation, and was taken out because he was carrying an anti-nuclear weapons "protest sign"
PUTIN: "Negotiations with the president of the U.S., Donald Trump, took place in a frank and business-like atmosphere. We can call it a success, and fruitful...the current tense atmosphere has no solid reason behind it."
Goes on to talk about shared problems, including terrorism
ROSENSTEIN: "According to the allegations in the indictment, the defendants work for 2 units of the main intelligence directorate of the Russian general staff known as the GRU. The units engaged in active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election."
Rosenstein says Guccifer 2.0 was "controlled by the GRU."
ROSENSTEIN: "I want to caution you - people who speculate about federal investigations usually do not know all of the relevant facts. We do not try cases on TV or in congressional hearings...We follow the rule of law, which means that we follow procedures, & we reserve judgment."
The account @realDonaldTrump retweeted this morning, @MagaGoldHat, repeatedly referred to Obama as a Muslim, called Michelle Obama a "tranny," demanded Hillary be imprisoned and tortured, and smeared Muslims as rapists