Despite the alleged mystery surrounding exactly what Trump discussed and agreed on with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin during their secretive confab in Helsinki, there is one agreement the two authoritarians probably discussed at length. How to best combat and demean Americans who criticize Trump for siding with Russia against the interests of the United States, its intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and American democracy.
As Mark Sumner opined on Saturday, there was an abundance of distractions over the past week to keep the Trump-Russia assault on American institutions out of the headlines at the nation’s peril. It likely contributed to many Americans missing the report in Reuters that Trump’s love-interest Putin followed Trump’s lead and accused “powerful forces” in the United States of trying to undermine “the glaring success” of Trump’s private sit-down with Putin. It is an accusation shared by Kentucky senator and spurious “eye doctor” Rand Paul, although it is highly unlikely that Paul was informed about the “secret agreements” between the two leaders.
Putin shared his disgust with “powerful forces in the United States” with Russian diplomats from around the world during a meeting in Moscow on Thursday past. Putin contends that the only reason those “forces” are being mean to, and critical of Trump is because of the success of the private Helsinki talks. Putin, like Trump, said that the secretive meeting between the two leaders vastly improved relations between Russia and America, including boasting that the private meeting yielded many “useful agreements” that no one in America except Trump is privy to.
However, because Putin is using the same talking points as Trump regarding the opposition from Republicans and Democrats over an American giving aid and comfort to a hostile foreign adversary, it appears that one of those “useful agreements” was coordinating the attacks on Americans opposed to what sane human beings consider treason.
Putin agreed with Trump, or Trump agreed with Putin, that “some people” in America hate the fact that the two authoritarians share an ideology that is contrary to America’s interests. According to Putin, and in total agreement with Trump:
“There are powerful forces in the U.S. trying to sabotage everything the private talks achieved. We see that there are forces in the United States that are prepared to sacrifice Russian-U.S. relations for their ambitions in an internal political battle in the United States. Those U.S. politicians who put their ‘narrow party interests’ above the best interests of the United States are powerful enough to foist their questionable stories on millions of Americans.”
Obviously, “questionable stories” is Putin’s way of saying “fake news;” likely one of the “secret agreements” he made with Trump so as not to make their criticisms appear too closely coordinated.
Putin did not identify any of the Republicans or Democrats who are appalled that the White House occupant demeaned America, its intelligence agencies, the United States Congress, and the media for acknowledging Russia’s attack on democracy during the 2016 election. However, Rand Paul had no qualms calling out, by name, a few of the Republicans who criticized Trump for siding with Putin against the United States; an action that earned the Kentucky senator a rousing “thank you” from dirty Donald Trump. He does appreciate anyone, whether another Republican or foreign adversary, who assails his critics ensconced in the Republican movement.
According to Paul, the only reason members of his own party are criticizing Trump’s treasonous actions after Russia attacked America’s democracy is because they “just don’t like
President Trump.” He said:
“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of
the president Trump.”
Trump was beside himself with joy after Putin, and then a poor excuse for an American, defended him for taking sides with Russia against the interests of the United States. He took to his favorite means of communication, Twitter, to “tweet” some serious praise and gratitude Rand Paul’s way for supporting his embrace of an aggressive enemy of America. And yes, Putin is an enemy – no friend or American ally launches an attack on our democracy. Especially when the attacks are still ongoing. Trump tweeted:
“Thank you @RandPaul, you really get it! T
he President Trump has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations – what’s he supposed think?”
It is noteworthy that all of the investigations into Trump, from his poorly attended inauguration to today have been at the hands of Republicans in control of Congress as well as the intelligence and law enforcement community. In addition, the judges authorizing search warrants against Trump’s henchmen were appointed by Republican presidents; including the warrants served on Michael Cohen and Carter Page. If there is anything one-sided about the myriad investigations into Trump and his criminal conspirators, it is founded on prejudice favoring America over Russia and their most valued American asset – Trump.
Americans may never learn what kind of “useful agreements” were made during the secretive meeting between Trump and Putin. But if the coordinated attacks on Americans who oppose an American giving aid and comfort to the enemy are any indication; it is likely the two authoritarian leaders agreed to work in concert against Americans opposed to a traitor in the White House.