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Intelligence Community Legends Say Putin Is Playing Trump

15 November 2017

After President Donald Trump appeared to get friendly with Vladimir Putin during his trip to Asia - all while Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling rages on and individuals close to Trump's campaign are investigated over foreign-ties - Morning Joe responded consternation. "It's either naïvete, ignorance or fear in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-a-vis the Russians".

Putin is much missed in Manila because in a way, he may have set the stage for the success of the summits in Vietnam and the Philippines. Speier said Trump's attitude is rooted in his election victory over Hillary Clinton.

The new USA administration, more so the Trump-Putin chemistry does deserve credit for this fast de-escalation.

I mean, they ought to look at Podesta.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday in Hanoi, Trump said he stands with intelligence agencies on their findings. "I think it doesn't fit his script if, in fact, we make the clear statement, which we already have, that 17 agencies-17 intelligence agencies-have said that Russian Federation meddled in the election".

Recently, U.S. lawmakers questioned representatives of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google about Russia's use of their social media platforms to spread disinformation during last year's presidential campaign.

The issue is that the intelligence community never made an assessment of how Russian meddling, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers and subsequent dissemination of emails from key staffers, may have affected the election. Clapper fought in the war in Vietnam; Trump got several draft deferments. "He said he didn't meddle. Comey's proven now to be a liar and he's proven to be a leaker", he said on route to Hanoi, referring to the FBI's former director, who was sacked early in Trump's presidency amid much controversy. Clapper agreed, saying Trump is "very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honour guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office".

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The Presidents agreed to maintain open military channels of communication between military professionals to help ensure the safety of both US and Russian forces and de-confliction of partnered forces engaged in the fight against ISIS.

Even as Moscow slams the United States as a regional provocateur, some prominent Russian experts on Korea, such as Georgy Toloraya, dismiss fears that the planning military action as hype. "And our president fosters that ambiguity".

Trump also assessed the outcome of the meeting with Putin. "The elites understand that Putin will seek reelection but many would still like clarity", he was cited as saying.

Other shows also touched on the Trump-Russia issue.

Meanwhile, over on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Trevor Noah couldn't comprehend why Trump defended Putin and believed in his innocence, only based on what Putin told him.

"It's really confounding", Pace said. "I think he's a unsafe man and a thug". Does the Fake News Media remember when Crooked Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was begging Russian Federation to be our friend with the misspelled reset button?

Intelligence Community Legends Say Putin Is Playing Trump