President Trump veered off topic while speaking with reporters this week. Instead of discussing a new agreement with Russia to end the war in Syria, Trump talked about a personal conversation between him and Vladimir Putin. Putin allegedly denied that he was responsible for the now infamous meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which Trump is currently under investigation for assisting. Trump said that he “really believes” him.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump said. “I think he is very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. Don’t forget. All he said was he never did that, he didn’t do that. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”
He called the Russia probe in the FBI an “artificial Democratic hit job.”
“I am disturbed that our president believes a KGB agent and continues to refuse to believe the CIA. I can never remember a time in our history when this was so. I hope Trump’s national security team will be more forceful in convincing the president of the basic facts of Russia’s violation of our sovereignty last year,” said Michael McFaul, a former ambassador to Moscow.
“There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no ‘principled realism’ in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria,” added Senator John McCain in a statement. “Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.”