Monday, July 23, 2018

TRUMP - Betraying America, Putin Summit

"Trump’s siding with Russia draws condemnation and concern from both parties" PBS NewsHour 7/16/2018


SUMMARY:  In a stunning moment in Helsinki, the president of the United States again dismissed American intelligence findings that Vladimir Putin ordered Russian meddling in the 2016 election, while Putin acknowledged he wanted President Trump to win.  Fallout from the news conference came swiftly, as Washington reacted to the historic summit.  Yamiche Alcindor and Ryan Chilcote join Judy Woodruff.

"Paul: Trump has ‘healthy dose of skepticism’ for U.S. intelligence on Russian interference" PBS NewsHour 7/16/2018


SUMMARY:  As President Trump returns from a Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) says the U.S. and Russia “won't have any progress if we don't have any conversations.”  While acknowledging that it’s likely that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, the senator says the U.S. also intervenes in foreign politics.  Paul joins Judy Woodruff to share his reaction.

"Menendez: Putin must be thinking his 2016 investment paid off" PBS NewsHour 7/16/2018


SUMMARY:  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) says President Trump acted more like “a supplicant than the leader of the free world” at a news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.  Menendez joins Judy Woodruff to share his reaction to what might transpire after the summit.

"The consequences of Trump turning against his intelligence community" PBS NewsHour 7/16/2018


SUMMARY:  When President Trump dismisses U.S. intelligence and says he takes Vladimir Putin at his word that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election, what’s the long-lasting effect?  Judy Woodruff gets analysis from former CIA officer John Sipher, who says Trump’s comments about Putin were “very troubling.”

"Trump playing into Putin’s plan ‘either on purpose or by accident,’ Albright says" PBS NewsHour 7/17/2018


SUMMARY:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan to divide the U.S. from its allies, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday, and President Donald Trump is “playing into that plan either on purpose or by accident.”

In an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Albright said that “President Putin is a KGB agent and he’s very smart and he has played a weak hand well.”

“There are a number of things that were said that I think really make us wonder what [Trump’s] role is with the Russians and frankly what the Russians expect out of him,” Albright said.  To Putin, she added, “Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.”

"How Russia is trying to disrupt the 2018 election" PBS NewsHour 7/18/2018


SUMMARY:  U.S. intelligence agencies are unanimous in their assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and senior officials warn of ongoing efforts to do it again in 2018.  Judy Woodruff talks with former Department of Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem and Laura Rosenberger of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, to examine the threat.

"Trump says Russia summit was ‘great success,’ leaving U.S. officials in the dark" PBS NewsHour 7/19/2018

aka Trump, "Didn't I look great at the press conference.  Yuge success." (it's all about ME)


SUMMARY:  President Vladimir Putin received a warm reception from Russian lawmakers as he celebrated the results of the Helsinki summit.  What exactly are the results?  There's been no formal announcement, and the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says he's not sure.  Yamiche Alcindor and Nick Schifrin discuss the day’s developments with Judy Woodruff.

"Michael McFaul: Calling Putin ‘sincere’ suggests White House equating Americans with criminals" PBS NewsHour 7/19/2018


SUMMARY:  President Trump called it an "incredible offer" from Vladimir Putin: The U.S. could question 12 Russians indicted for 2016 election interference in exchange for specific Americans being interrogated by Moscow.  Now White House officials say they reject the idea.  Judy Woodruff talks with former Ambassador Michael McFaul, one of Russia’s targets, and former Acting Director of the CIA John McLaughlin.

"How will the Trump-Putin summit affect U.S.-Russian relations?" PBS NewsHour 7/20/2018


SUMMARY:  Beyond the uproar over President Trump's comments about Russian election meddling, what are the global policy implications of his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin?  Nick Schifrin examines what's at stake, from Eastern Ukraine to NATO to Syria, and Judy Woodruff talks with Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, and Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"What did Russians think of the Trump-Putin summit?" PBS NewsHour 7/21/2018


SUMMARY:  New threats from U.S. politicians to hit Russia with sanctions for meddling in U.S. elections has Russians unsure whether President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladmir Putin was really a success.  As reality sets in, Kimberly Marten, the director of a program on U.S.-Russia relations at Columbia University, says now, Russians are concerned.  Marten joins Hari Sreenivasan.

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