Why do we even have an intelligence community when all we have to do is ask Putin what he is up to?
Courtesy of Bloomberg:
Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t seeking to “get involved” in the crisis in Venezuela, despite assertions by the American president’s top national security advisers that the Kremlin is offering critical support to Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
“He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, following a call with the Russian leader earlier in the day. “And I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid — right now people are starving, they have no water, they have no food.”
The conversation, which Trump went on to describe as “very positive,” appeared to be yet another example of Trump taking Putin’s claims at face value despite contrary evidence from his own government. The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo both said earlier this week that the Kremlin talked Maduro out of leaving Venezuela after U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido attempted to end his regime on Tuesday by calling for a military uprising.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later on Friday that Trump simply was “relaying what President Putin said to him. That’s it.”
Nice try Huckabee Sanders, but we can read.
And we can hear as well.
President Trump: “We talked about many things Venezuela was one of the topics and [Putin] is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela.” https://t.co/nlXgzfQEwn pic.twitter.com/HkGSJbOjds
— The Hill (@thehill) May 4, 2019
That is not Trump saying “According to Putin he does not want to get involved in Venezuela,” that is Trump definitively stating that Putin does not want to get involved in Venezuela as if he is somebody whose word should be trusted without question.
And this is just the latest example of Trump taking the word of a foreign adversary over the word of his own intelligence community.
Trump also wants you to ignore anything reported by the media that contradicts Putin.
Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on “Russia Collusion.” The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2019
Do not believe our intelligence agencies, do not believe our free press, only believe Putin.
I really cannot think of too many things more dangerous for our country than a president who thinks like this.