Trump Says Putin Not A Foe: "He's A Competitor"

President Trump refused to answer if he views Russian President Vladimir Putin as a friend or foe, instead labeling him a “competitor” on the world stage ahead of the first official one-on-one summit between the two in Helsinki next week.

"I really can’t say right now. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a competitor," Trump told reporters on his way out of the White House for a multi-leg European tour that will also include confrontations meetings with NATO leaders and also his first visit to the U.K as president. In fact, Trump suggested that his July 16 meeting with the Russian leader could be the easiest of the three, saying "frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all."

Trump then defended his efforts to improve ties with Russia despite repeated allegations that Moscow interfered in last year's elections: "I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing."

Shifting topics, Trump also said that the U.K., and its embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, was in “somewhat turmoil” and according to Bloomberg "was noticeably less effusive about May than he was about Boris Johnson, who resigned Monday over opposition to May’s plans to leave the European Union."

Trump's comments could heighten fears among U.S. allies and lawmakers that Trump could make too many concessions to Russia while antagonizing European partners. As noted earlier, before taking off Trump escalated his criticism of NATO one day before a summit with those nations, tweeting they “must pay MORE" for defense, while the United States "must pay LESS.”

Meanwhile, after viewing Trump’s comments, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he feared that Trump would say "da" to whatever Putin wants.

"I’m really worried about the president sitting alone in a room with Putin," Schumer said in an interview on MSNBC.

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Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:28 Permalink

Schumer thinks Putin would harm trump? The guy is either an imbecile or he's lying through his teeth, or both. In any case dude's got no honor. 

 

A little bit off topic:

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Feel the heat Hillary? 

Sadly, testis unus, testis nullus

 

 

Someone Else Freeze These Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:36 Permalink

And it goes completely over your head that using the same definition of "meddling" the US has done 1,000 times worse in every "democratic" election on the planet, even among allies.  And that what Russia did was so insignificant that when anybody tries to even discuss the particulars people laugh out loud and say "That's it?  Are you kidding me?  They bought a few ads on Facebook?".

 

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Dickweed Wang Freeze These Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:42 Permalink

. . . despite the wide ranging investigations which all unanimously confirm Russia's meddling in our elections . . .

 

 

Folks, if this isn't absolute proof of the effectiveness of MSM propaganda and brainwashing I don't know what is.  The scary thing is that are tens of millions of people in the USA that believe that horse shit (or at least they want to).

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Element Freeze These Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

Don't sweat it, Trump says ludicrous stuff all the time. You've had instant-coffee, right? With Trump you get instant-stupid. It's crap, but if that's all ya got, instant-stupid it is. It's all a dismal theatre anyway, we all know this 'competitor' is a devious murdering filthy cunt, who Trump would be happy to mince up and put down a garbage disposal unit. "When things get bad you've gotta lie", and all that. That ugly psycho bitch Hillary would have done the same, with a mildly different flavor and form. Instant-stupid is just diplomacy in action.

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TheReplacement geno-econ Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:08 Permalink

Pfft.

Should not have been allies with them in WWII.  Should not have been in WWII.  Think about it.

Germany AND Russia invade Poland.

England and France declare war in defense of Poland but only against Germany.

After the war England and France give Poland to Russia because they fought the war... to... defend... Poland...

IT WAS A FUCKING SETUP

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Element JimmyJones Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:19 Permalink

WTF?

 

Um, no, not that sort of 'competitor', he means a "strategic competitor", i.e. two wolves deciding who is global alpha-dog, that sort of competitor. Trump is telling Putin he'll rip his throat out, if he wants to challenge Trump and compete for top spot. Pootie knows Trump is a psycho, and yes, Pootie is a total psycho too, but he knows he's not as crazy as Trump. Trump's the complete high-functioning nut-case, so best not to 'compete' too much, as that nut-case as far more and far better weapons than dodgy little pootie has.

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LargeHardonCollider Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

Trump's out of the box thinking is good for the world.  If the Eurocraps don't want to pay for their own security we should get the hell out of NATO.  Only England, Poland, Estonia and Greece are at the required 2% of GDP for military spending.  Germany?  1.1%  PATHETIC.  The krauts want to sell us their BMW's but want a free ride on US taxpayer dime.  Fuck them.

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z0na8an0z LargeHardonCollider Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:44 Permalink

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swmnguy Posa Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:35 Permalink

^^^This.  The one thing I'll say for Trump is that he doesn't buy into the Zbigniew Brzezinski fever-dream of Global Empire.  Even Brzezinski gave up on that fantasy just before he shuffled off this mortal coil, but the Democrats haven't yet.  The Dems are too tied into "hot-money" corporate finance and the MIC, and they've ruthlessly suppressed anyone who isn't caught up in that set of 25 year-old, outdated fantasies.

Trump might as well talk to Kim Jong-Un and Putin.  Why the hell not?

As for Europe, Trump's rhetoric about NATO and how the Europeans should spend more is patent excuse-making and I don't blame him for lying under the circumstances.  Europe and the US between them, all totaled up, face exactly 0 military threats. 

The flood of refugees into Europe is not a military issue, and is triggered--entirely--by US military adventurism across North Africa and the Middle East.  It's actually part of Brzezinski's plan.  "The Grand Chessboard" laid it all out.  To be the sole global Empire, the US must control Eurasia.  To control Eurasia, the US has to destabilize, subdue and break up three main rivals; Russia, China, and the E.U.  The refugees serve to ratchet up the tension on the E.U.  US and US-backed military operations have atomized civil society in nations surrounding Russia, China and the E.U., and have jeopardized E.U. access to energy.  That's why Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Sudan, etc. are the places the US has overtly or covertly destroyed.  The refugees fleeing those charnel houses of horror created by the US are doing Brzezinski's work to destabilize Europe. 

Refugees fleeing to the US to escape US-sponsored death squads in Central America are ironically doing the same thing to us, so it would be better if we wouldn't kill them when they try to fix their own shithole countries, wouldn't it.

Trump doesn't seem to be taken with that horrific and evil strategy so good for him.  Let him pretend Europe is ripping off the US; that kind of talk appeals to the self-pitying rubes who keep wondering why nobody is doing anything about how fat and lazy they are.  If Trump pulls the US out of NATO, stops the endless Wars of Empire, stops tampering with the sovereignty and social stability of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the US will be far more safe and secure and we can cut a full Zero off the War Machine spending that is strangling the US economy.

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geno-econ swmnguy Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

Tend to agree with you , but history and mankind behavior tells us Empire competition and commercial interests seem to be a driving force so some kind of international   agreements and cooperation would be necessary.  Greatest budget expenditures in U.S. are for Social Security followed by Healthcare and then Military.  Social security  does not create jobs but Healthcare and military does so a rethinking of economic growth and distribution of wealth would also need rethinking

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