PUTIN’S PUPPET: Trump Would Rather Believe Russia Than US Intelligence Agencies In DNC Hack
Does Trump Have His Head In The Sand Or Is He Giving Putin What He Wants In Denying Russian Hack On The DNC?
US intelligence agencies have been telling Donald Trump over and over and over (and over and over) that Russia was indeed behind an email hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the election, and yet he still insists that this isn’t true.
Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” stated to the publication that, no, he wasn’t buying that Russia had anything to do with election interference.
“For reasons that remain unclear, Trump still refuses to acknowledge the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Putin’s agencies were responsible for stealing the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign emails released on WikiLeaks. ‘I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered,’ Trump says. Asked if he thought the conclusion of America’s spies was politically driven, Trump says, ‘I think so.’”
So, Trump would rather believe his hero Vladimir Putin over the intelligence agencies of the country he is now president-elect of? Seriously? This, despite, as NBC News points out, a joint statement was put out in October by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security saying that it is concluded that Russia WAS most definitely involved.
“The US Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
Nope. According to Trump it just didn’t happen. It’s all political. Nothing to see here.
“We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17—17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing. And I think it’s time you take a stand…”
Nope. Trump just replied that Hillary, “has no idea,” who was behind the email hack as he stuck his head deeper into the sand.
Seven Senate Intelligence Committee members, including Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, “sent a classified letter last week urging the Obama administration to declassify more information about the Russian connection to the hacks.”
Wyden clearly seems to be shaking his head in disbelief and probably ready to slam it against a wall over Trump’s approach.
“I just think it is bizarre for the president elect to refuse to acknowledge what the direct of national intelligence and the head of the department of homeland security have agreed on… It is one thing to doubt intelligence assessments for a good reason; it’s another to just dismiss them out of hand.”
Nope. Trump STILL insists Russia isn’t behind the attacks.
America’s Allies Are Not Happy With Trump’s Refusal To Acknowledge Russian Election Interference
Given Trump’s rather cold approach to NATO, his praise for Putin during the election, desires to get along with Russia a bit more in part to help wipeout ISIS together, and this refusal to believe what appears to be an undeniable truth is concerning. It is being met with a warning from former CIA officials John Sipher and Steve Hall.
“It seems that every new Presidential Administration has a tendency to place hope over experience in dealing with Russia. President George W. Bush tried to look into Putin’s soul, President Barack Obama tried a re-set, and it seems that President-elect Donald Trump believes that we can ally with the Russians to defeat ISIS. [It won’t work because] experience has taught us that Russia does not share Western, internationalist values.”
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And, as Newsweek reports, all of this softness on Russia has America’s Western allies freaking out, for lack of a better way to describe it.
“America’s European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trump’s public statements denying Moscow’s role in cyberattacks designed to interfere with the U.S. election. They fear [Trump]… has emboldened the Kremlin in its unprecedented cybercampaign to disrupt elections in multiple countries in hopes of weakening Western alliances, according to intelligence, law enforcement and other government officials in the United States and Europe.”
What the hell is Trump doing? And why? If only someone could get into that man’s brain and figure out what he is up to and what his intent is, it would really help. But, that brain of his does seem to be a scary place.
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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.