Donald Trump keeps putting his top aides in tough positions when he chooses to refuse their wise counsel on his collusion, excuse me, his meetings with Russia.
As reported by the Associated Press, Trump held an undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their initial meeting at the G20 Summit. And it’s just now being reported, talk about sketchy. Even for that bilateral meeting, Foreign and U.S. officials said the Russians recommended that a note taker be present, But Trump, who has repeatedly expressed concern over leaks, refused, instead relying on Tillerson to document the meeting. The session was scheduled for 30 minutes but stretched to more than two hours.
Why would Trump worry about leaking? Especially when talking to the mastermind behind leaking, Putin. Now as far as his personal one on one with Putin, it is unusual and can be risky for a president to speak directly to Putin without a U.S. translator present. He was forced to rely on Russia’s interpreter for the discussion, which reportedly went on for nearly an hour.
Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, explained the true issue with that saying,
“The Russian interpreter probably interpreted very clearly, but the problem is there’s no record of the discussion on the American side.”
People should treat this as a true red flag. If Trump got the answer he wanted by Putin in the first meeting then why would he schedule a one on one dinner with him. Trump and dinner meetings always point in the direction of an upcoming scandal (i.e. Comey).
No one should take the fear of leaks as a legit excuse by Trump. He is colluding in plain sight and calling it dinner. Trump cannot be trusted. So meetings like these should be monitored, especially when they are with his literal partner in crime.
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