Skip to comments.Reality Check: Trump's reluctance to call out Russia for interference muddies US response
Posted on 08/05/2018 11:47:57 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
(CNN) - "Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs."
So said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, flanked by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, the national security adviser John Bolton and FBI Director Christopher Wray at the White House Thursday, warning that Russia is actively attacking our elections.
Now if only someone would tell President Donald Trump. Also missing in action: Congress and badly needed funding for election security.
Let's start with the President. We've all seen his odd, repeated reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin and his impulse to take Russia's word about election interference over our own intelligence agencies. Last month, Trump reluctantly said he accepted the intelligence community's conclusion on Russian meddling, though he added, "it could be other people also."
Thursday night, Trump again undercut his administration's carefully calibrated united front, dismissing the "Russian hoax" at a rally in Pennsylvania. This disconnect is disturbing. And because tone comes from the top, it has muddied our nation's response to date.
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Maybe he’s just following the obama policy
When alerted to Russian meddling, call off the investigators
But issue a sternly worded warning to “ knock it off”
How many CNN bigwigs and newsreaders do you suppose are on Putins contact list? I cant ever forget the lovefest this network had with the then Soviet Union back in the eighties!
Ok . I have had it with this crap. Someone, ANYONE. Describe in objective elements exactly what “Russian meddling” is. Be very specific. I dont want conclusions . I want actual facts as to the technique used specifically by the Russians that are such a grave threat to our beloved democracy. This is the biggest pile of horse dung I have ever seen.
Yeah, it’s better to be enemies with a Paranoid people with a Nuclear stockpile that could turn America into glass.
Would election security also include verification of legal voters...not ID if it is not verification of citizenship.
He’s a little gun shy.
He called out illegals for interference in US elections and the FAKE NEWS media went berserk!
Oh yeah, and "fake news" that largely consisted of real news unflattering to Hillary Clinton's campaign that the MSM didn't want to report on.
It’s a republic and CNN is a bigger threat to it than Russia.
So, Mr. Avlon, what exactly did President Obama do about this while it was actually happening during HIS term and 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies (according to Hillary during the debates) found out about it and informed her and Obama?
US spends more than 10X the next 5 countries combined on Military. If anyone so much as farts in our direction we can remove them from existence in moments
And your Dr.Strangelove like comment leads me to believe that you may share the image of Russia as the belligerent nation it was as the USSR. JFK was offed as the MIC wanted wars and he was pulling them down. Anyone who thinks a nuclear conflict will go unanswered and essentially depopulate the greater portion of the entire globe is a fool.
Maybe I have read your commentary wrong, and if so I apologize. But at the end of the day both Trump and Putin realize that once started the end result is a dead planet
Russian meddling consists of the alleged hacking of John Podesta's email showing that the DNC actively sabotaged Bernie Sanders' primary campaign as well as alleged Russian trolling of social media sites posting footage from the 1990s of Hillary Clinton's unflattering comments about black criminals ("Bring them to heel.").
This is what Democrats believe that Trump voters need to be outraged about.
This is what they want to start WWIII over.
DJT should remind the nation of the real collusion with Russia...by Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Tip O’Neil and other Democrats and that of the Clinton’s with the PRC and Russia.
These turdling apparatchiks trying to cram down policy need to be dealt with. We just had an election cycle. Almost everyone of those puppets across the board was a warmonger. All of them lost.
All of them.
I’m ready to see these turdlings go the way of the Securitat in Romania.
CNN lies. Trump called out Russian Oleg Deripaska and pals, even imposing official sanctions on them by name. CNN won’t report that because Deripaska is also pals with CNN favorite RINOs John McCain and Bob Dole.
Trump is a showman. In the back of my head there are thoughts that he will have an epic October Surprise waiting for the dems. I keep wondering if he is about ready to unload a pile so large that there is no way the dems or the media can recover. It could all be wishful thinking on my part but a boy can dream.
How dare Trump not do what WE want him to do, and ‘call out’ Russia!
The nerve of him.
This jeopardizes democracy, alright... WE SAY SO!
That is so clear!! But I dont hear that articulated even by Harris Faulkner on Faux. She is the hysteric in the afternoon which I have now banned from mt screen.
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