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There are some things in life and politics of which you can be sure. One thing of which you can be sure of is that any individual who routinely reneges on fulfilling contract obligations with companies that have performed the contracted work is not likely to authorize payment to anyone for silence if there is nothing to be silent about in return.
Whether it be to a porn star, a Playboy model or anyone else, if a payment is made there is something to be hidden. No one pays for silence unless there is something to be silent about in turn.
One can only hope that the audio tapes of discussions between POTUS Donald Trump and his “lawyer”/fixer Michael Cohen will reveal to even Trump’s most ardent supporters the extent of his ability to freely and continuously lie. The upcoming Cohen hearings before the House Oversight and the Senate Intelligence Committees should shed some light on this issue.
Another thing of which you can be sure is whenever there is a need to “walk back” something said or done by the current president, that which was initially stated or done is what Trump believes and never the version that is “walked back.” Never!
The road to “walk backs” runs from Helsinki to Brussels to Singapore to Charlottesville and every place in between and never is the “walk back” what Trump actually believes. How do we know that? Because in each-and-every attempt by the White House to have Trump “walk back” the ill-advised and inappropriate thing uttered by the president, he then proceeds to “walk back” the “walk back.” Every time!
Remember during the Helsinki Summit his use, or was it misuse, of the word “would?”
Whether it is his use of that word or, for that matter, any other of his almost daily missteps, he is incapable of hiding his true feelings.
Clearly, he meant to use the word “would” as in “why would” when describing his true feelings about Russian meddling in our elections. Specifically, he said he “saw no reason why Russia ‘would’ meddle” in our election. This was consistent with everything else he was saying in Helsinki while on the stage alongside close ally Vladimir Putin.
To then say, a few days later, that he really meant to say “wouldn’t,” that he meant to say he “saw no reason why Russia wouldn’t” be the one meddling in our election was an insult to every American with at least one half of a working brain. The fact that he read his prepared remarks as if he were held hostage lends further credence to this understanding.
Trump recently announced that the United States would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Agreement with Russia, signed by Ronald Reagan back in 1987, due to Russia’s consistent violation of the terms of the agreement.
This action is taken in spite of the rather “strong” denials by Vladimir Putin that Russia is not in violation of the agreement. How interesting that these “strong” denials were completely rejected, as they should be, while Putin’s “strong” denial in Helsinki of Russia’s meddling in our election was accepted quite readily by Trump.
Could the difference be that ending the agreement gives both Putin and Trump precisely what they want, a 21st-century arms race to show off their manhood? If Trump was serious about enforcing the agreement would not the imposition of sanctions be a good deal more effective than simply walking away from the agreement with no enforcement mechanism in place? Just a thought.
Not too long ago, to throw the scent off of Russian election meddling, he had accused China of election meddling AND accused Hillary Clinton of “colluding” with Russia to alter the results of the 2016 election. Really, now? Anything to get Putin off the hook, I guess. As it turns out, China is actually looking at the success of Russia to meddle in our elections, according to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.
Whether Trump truly believes Russia did not meddle in our election is secondary to the fact that he is doing everything he can to ignore the evidence provided by the intelligence community that even his Republican sycophants in Congress are unable to deny. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has attempted to explain this away by claiming Trump is talking about the “collusion” aspect of the Mueller investigation when he tries to cast doubt on the validity of the probe.
This is an insult to everyone’s collective intelligence since his claim that “it could be Russia, but it could also be others” clearly is referring to Russian meddling and not about “collusion.”
Here is another thing of which you can be sure. When Trump uses the word “no” as his complete answer to a question he is, in effect, trying to state unequivocally “no” to the question without opening himself up to any further discussion. He has done this time and time again. He did this on Air Force One several months back when asked if he was aware of the payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. “Mr. President, were you aware of the payments to Stormy Daniels?” was the question. The answer, “no!”
More recently, he answered the question “did you speak to Roger Stone about Wikileaks?” with “I never did.” Interesting since he quite memorably on the campaign stage expressed his “love” for Wikileaks and its release of Hillary’s hacked emails. With such a love, how reasonable is it to accept that he had no conversations with the direct link between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks?
At a White House press briefing in the Oval Office awhile back, Trump once again uttered that one-word answer, “no,” this time to a question posed by reporter Cecilia Vega regarding whether Trump thought that Russia was still meddling in our elections. The fact that he continued to take a few more questions after uttering the word “no” clearly indicates that his use of the word “no” was not intended to shut off further questions as claimed by Huckabee Sanders. The fact that he was looking right at Ms. Vega when responding is evidence that his use of the word “no” was in response to her question. The attempt to state otherwise is a further insult to our collective intelligence. What is even more troubling, however, is that he still denies Russian meddling.
When it comes to Trump and his actions and inaction with Russia, the question is always “why?” Well, here is another thing of which you can be sure. The reason why Donald J. Trump will never fully admit that it was Russia who meddled in the 2016 election nor will he do anything to support efforts to prevent it from happening in future elections is because he knows he will once again need Russian meddling to win if he chooses to run in 2020.