Trump Slams Intel Chiefs After Meeting With Putin: "They're Political Hacks"

While President Donald Trump was effectively forced to cancel a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to the glare of the Mueller indictments - despite the fact that the charges had seemingly little to do with his campaign - the two leaders still took a minute to chat on the sidelines of an Asia Pacific conference in VIetnam on Saturday. Photos captured Putin ominously whispering a message into his surrogate’s ear, before posing for a few photos alongside other world leaders, with one photo featuring a much discussed handshake between Putin and Trump.

Afterward, when reporters asked if he was worried about the Mueller probe, Trump repeated his allegation that the investigation is a ‘hoax’, with the president calling the FBI a “bunch of hacks,” according to the New York Post.

“They’re political hacks,” Trump said of the former CIA director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former FBI chief James Comey, who have said that the evidence of Russian meddling is clear.

 

“You have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey’s proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker. So you look at that,” Trump said. “And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that."

 

But he fell short of saying that he took Putin’s word.

 

“Well, look, I can’t stand there and argue with him,” Trump said. “I would rather have him get out of Syria, to be honest with you. I would rather … get to work with him on the Ukraine rather than standing and arguing about whether or not— because that whole thing was set up by the Democrats."

Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump has lashed out at his own intelligence community over its finding that Russia actively intervened to try and sway the November 2016 election in Trump’s favor. It’s also not the first time he’s said he believes Putin’s claim that Russia had nothing to do with the hacks.

Two days ago, the DOJ declared that Russia Today would need to register as a Foreign Agent, or its staff would risk arrest in the US.

President Trump on Saturday brushed off allegations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election, and implied he would take Vladimir Putin’s word on the matter more seriously than the opinions of some US intelligence officials.

Meanwhile, the CIA has reaffirmed that the Russia interference narrative remains the official position of the US intelligence community by issuing a rebuttal to the president’s statement.

Trump also said the suspicions about Putin are hurting his ability to develop a closer relationship with the leader in order to have more productive discussions on North Korea, the Hill reported.

“We could really be helped a lot with Russia having to do with North Korea,” Trump said.

 

“You know you are talking about millions and millions of lives. This isn’t baby stuff, this is the real deal. And if Russia helped us, in addition to China, that problem would go away a lot faster."

Trump and Putin met Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam. Though they didn’t have a “formal” meeting scheduled, Trump says they will issue a joint statement later in the day. What that statement is about is unclear.. Trump said the two leaders had “two or three very short conversations” during the larger forum and discussed Syria.

Predictably, Trump said Putin is “very insulted” by the suggestion Moscow attempted to hack the election.

Because presumably, if Putin had done it, he would’ve done a much better job...

Comments

Late onset ADHD Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

"Trump repeated his allegation that the investigation is a ‘hoax’, with the president calling the FBI a “bunch of hacks"...DJT telling it like it is... thanks Mr. President...

Manthong toady Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

 FIRE THE ENTIRE F’NG DOJ They are a threat to the security of the country.  Oh,,, and at least 75% of that Pentagram space could be cleared out and turned into luxury condos there on the Potomac.How many $Trillions did Rummy admit to losing there ????????? ..... the day before that confusing destruction of the many buildings in New York.........   which has led to eternal war  ??????It would be so heartening to get the truth out of them before I croak.   

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Stuart Manthong Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:58 Permalink

The deep state's goal is to maintain US hegemony, PERIOD.  FULL STOP.   CIA,FBI,DNS, etc and firmly placed bureaucts and life long politicians...  We have 3 political parties now.  Socialists i.e. Sanders followers, Independents i.e. Trump supporters and the establishment party.    Deep state would wants a war to preserve their hegemony so all out against Trump.   His followers and supporters need to become a whole lot louder.

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Manthong Stuart Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:33 Permalink

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     Deep state  wants a war to preserve their hegemony so all out against Trump. That seems a mostly accurate perspective…… . But  Butt….. The “establishment” should be cognizant of the lessons of US 1776 and France 1789 .; The Soviets had a massive military in 1991 but were helpless to stop the revolution.   That was a depressed and mostly weaponless populace. It might not work so smoothly somewhere else with really angry folks . Guillotines could be fashionable again.

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Manthong Gaius Frakkin'… Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:40 Permalink

 The scary thing is that I don’t know if  President Trump has as clue about what Obama, Vickie Nuland, Brain-damaged Jackass McStain (Soul-Bro of Dead Ted) and their 5 billion dollars worth of NGO’s did to destroy Ukraine, kill thousands and ruin a country. But the good news is that it blew up  in their faces and Russia got Crimea back 50 years after Khrushchev gave it away.  

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Paul Kersey Eyes Opened Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:09 Permalink

Putin, like no one else, has the power to destroy Trump. Whether or not Trump really did take a golden shower, if Putin says he did, Trump is done. For whatever reason, Trump, who has insulted everyone, from every important Republican to Pope Francis, will never say a bad word about Putin. Putin has 90% of the power over Trump, and Netanyahu has the other 10%.

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Paul Kersey Apeon Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:43 Permalink

"Wow!--did not realize that the Pope was a Republican-"

Nor did I say he was. You are reading it as "every important Republican including Pope Francis. That is not what I wrote. You either missed the comma after "everyone", and didn't realize that "Pope Francis" is the antecedent for "everyone", or English is your second language.

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Kayman Paul Kersey Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:58 Permalink

Aw, Pauly take your blankie and go suck your thumb.  Trump has impaled every phony sacred cow. Good for him.You would have more luck convincing me Bill and Hillary Clinton were avid piss drinkers than a germaphobe like Trump visiting in a spy-infested town like Moscow.The Dirty Noxious Criminals party will enlist any dirtbag and any dirt they can conceive in their putrid minds to savage this President, but the real issue is not the Russians, it is how much the Clinton's sold to the Chinese. 

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Manthong Kayman Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:09 Permalink

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 El Papa Francisco…   not an ordained priest….former nightclub bouncer (it’s true … do some research)  a screaming liberal globalist,  ignorant environmentalist and a freaking Jesuit….. but he speaks Spanish, so he’s got that going for him………………………..   

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GUS100CORRINA Bes Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

Trump Slams Intel Chiefs After Meeting With Putin: "They're Political Hacks"My response: I agree completely. I also want to add the following names to the list of "Political Hacks".CLINTON CRIME SYNDICATEOBAMA and his Merry Band of DESPOTSBUSH CLANMSM (MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS)DEMOCRATIC PARTY in GENERAL and selected RINOS specifically

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Katos Manthong Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:49 Permalink

Until we bring the real culprits if 911 TO JUSTICE, We will continue to live under the TYRANNY they created with it! Anyone with 2 NEURONS FIRING KNOWS THAT THE BUSH FAMILY CRIME CABAL, was 100% in charge of THIS PHONY attack! George JR. Was president, his brother Marvin BUSH WAS head of security at  WORLD TRADE CENTER, AND if you still believe that a bunch of camel jockeys LIVING in CAVES IN AFGHANISTAN BOMBED THE MOST protected airspace on the planet?? Your a fucking moron!

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Freddie toady Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:18 Permalink

Irony.  Same corrupt and evil CIA that got america into the Vietnam War with LBJ when CIA Allen Dulles killed JFK.   Trump saying this in Danang. The CIA must miss all the IndoChina heroin and Opium but they found a new source in Afghanistan.

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Offthebeach Late onset ADHD Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:55 Permalink

You can trust our 30-50$ billion rehash and yawn, no intel, intel community.Perl Harbor....oopsNorth Korean invasion....oopsChinese intervention...oopsVietnam...oops oops and oopsCatching Soviet collapse...oopsSaddam rolling into Kuwait with 6 divisions...oops.WMDs....oopsIraq...oopsAfghanistan...oopsHacks? Liars?  Incompetent Boobs? Shocked I tell you, shocked!

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Treetop Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

realpolitik would be helpful here...and that is I think Trump's message...and Putin's...We are stuck with each other--the US and Russia--lets work together we have more to gain than standing and accusing each other.

Eyes Opened bardot63 Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

"Meanwhile, the CIA has reaffirmed that the Russia interference narrative remains the official position of the US intelligence community by issuing a rebuttal to the president’s statement." Would this be the same CIA who "believe" in the single-shooter & the magic bullet in the JFK MURDER ??? Give me a fucking break... Trump should have had a FULL FORMAL meeting with Putin... & fuck the warmongering agencies...

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