Donald Trump: ‘Many people’ would have taken a meeting with Russian operatives

Emperor Baby Fists has arrived in France for Bastille Day, which he will attend at Emmanuel Macron’s invitation. It’s going to be a hot mess, and even Donald Trump’s imaginary friend Jim probably agrees that Trump never should have gone to Paris, especially when Calamity Bigly’s White House is in shambles following the daily revelations about Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with shady Russian lawyers. Before Calamity Bigly even left for Paris, he did a series of interviews and they are not great. Here are some quotes from his new interview with Reuters:

Whether he knew about his son’s meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya: “No, that I didn’t know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this.”

He doesn’t blame Don Jr. for taking the meeting: “I think many people would have held that meeting. It was a 20-minute meeting, I guess, from what I’m hearing. Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that.”

How he asked Vladimir Putin about Russian meddling: Trump said he spent the first 20 or 25 minutes of his more than two-hour meeting with Putin last Friday in Germany on the election meddling subject. “I said, ‘Did you do it?’ And he said, ‘No, I did not. Absolutely not.’ I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said absolutely not.”

Whether he believed Putin’s denial: “Look. Something happened and we have to find out what it is, because we can’t allow a thing like that to happen to our election process. So something happened and we have to find out what it is… Somebody did say if he did do it, you wouldn’t have found out about it. Which is a very interesting point.”

He thinks he and Putin are the same: “I am not a person who goes around trusting lots of people. But he’s the leader of Russia. It is the second most powerful nuclear power on earth. I am the leader of the United States. I love my country. He loves his country.”

The one question he wishes he had asked Putin: “It’s really the one question I wish I would have asked Putin: Were you actually supporting me?”

[From Reuters]

The fact that Calamity Bigly still thinks there’s an open question about whether Putin directed his government to actively help Bigly win the presidency is still pretty crazy. Especially since Bigly said something completely different to Pat Robertson at The 700 Club. Trump told Robertson that he knows for a fact that Putin didn’t help out his campaign because: “I’m a big military person. As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me. And that’s why I say, Why would he want me? Because from Day One I wanted a strong military; he doesn’t want to see that.” As in, Trump thinks the real conspiracy is that Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to win this whole time! Sure.

Also: “Somebody did say if he did do it, you wouldn’t have found out about it. Which is a very interesting point.” No. Putin is not some all-powerful, all-seeing genius. He’s a petty and brutal despot who murders his enemies and works to “turn” the dumbest Americans, like Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. Putin is a narcissist and a thug and WE ALREADY FOUND OUT ABOUT IT.

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  1. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    It is true that many people would have taken the meeting. Those people are called criminals.

  2. Pumpkin Soup (formally pie) says:

    This is so ridiculous and idiotic, I don’t know where to start.

    • Esmom says:

      PS(fp), I know. To hear him speak, it’s like he truly never has any lessons in government, geopolitics, history, I could go on. He spends his life just spitballing and bullsh^tting. Until now, it’s kinda worked. I can’t imagine why anyone would ever want to do business with such an idiot, let alone elect him to our highest office.

      On another note, interesting switch from pie to soup!

      • Pumpkin Soup (formally pie) says:

        I agree with everything you said.
        He is stupid. Has just tweeted that he doesn’t have the time to watch TV anymore. As that’s what a President is supposed to do during working hours.

        Switch due to the the fact I’ve been having serious PP cravings lately.

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        Most moronic but pathetically telling, baby fists wants to know if Putin was supporting him. OMG, baby fists’ priorities are nuts.

      • denisemich says:

        Wharton should remove all record of Trump donations cuz bigly and his three favourites were educated there. Apparently they skipped political science, history and business ethics.

        I am only watching with one eye and listening with one ear. Until the congress steps up this is all just too upsetting.

      • ELX says:

        New York area Real Estate is actually a very small pond and connections are everything. Back in the day, the 1980s, when Trump was actually in the Real Estate business, he received enormous help from his father, Fred. It wasn’t just little Donnie, one had to consider Fred and later on his brother, Robert. The truth is, for all his bluster, little Donnie isn’t in the Real Estate business; little Donnie is in the trademark licensing and TV star business. Lawyers handle the licensing and Hollywood is used to placating talent.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        @Indiana Joanna,
        MTE.

    • Honey says:

      This is so ridiculous and idiotic and makes the world laugh louder

    • Lady D says:

      Let’s start with “I asked him again in a completely different way” cause you know, Putin is an idiot and gullible too. Trump’s I’m being so clever, ‘if he had done it, my second trick question would have caught him.’
      This dude thinks like a 6-year-old.

  3. Maya says:

    Yeah if you were a traitor you prissy little imbecile.

    Every single person who supports Trump are now officially confirmed as traitors.

    The world is watching this spectacle and we aren’t amused to see how vile his supporters are and the Republican Party don’t even care about being traitors as long as they get to do what they want.

    Time is over friend and these creatures will get their just desserts, maybe not from the republican government but the world will punish them.

  4. Carol Hill says:

    I take meetings with Russians frequently!!!

  5. nemera34 says:

    What is it about this man that was worth the GOP throwing our Country away for. What is it about him that is so amazing the the GOP will continue to support him and not stand up for the American People? Everyone that has commented or been disgusted in any way better get off their asses in the Mid Term and vote these people out.

    • Radley says:

      The theory is that Repubs are trying to hold the line until mid-terms to save their own @sses. In other words, most will play dumb in an effort to not get caught in the fallout of this scandal and lose their jobs. Very unethical. But hey, what do expect at this point?

      Another theory is that the Russians have compromising info on some members of Congress. Also not hard to believe. They’re a sleazy bunch.

      The more Bigly Smalls talks, the guiltier he looks. He’s going down. It’s just a question of when and who goes down with him. Nobody is more aware of that than Congress.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I think there are some that are in trouble but skulk around saying nothing in case someone takes the initiative to investigate them. Jason Chaffetz certainly packed up and ran away as fast as he could. I always found that strange.

    • Betsy says:

      Because this goes back years and the GOP is guilty, too.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      TAX CUTS.

      The GOP has been dying to pass legislation that will make them, their donors and their cronies tons of money. See how the FCC is going to end net neutrality to make Verizon and AT&T tons of cash. See how the health care bill is really just a tax cut bill in disguise. IMO, they are waiting to pass other tax reform legislation, and then they will stop supporting Trump once they get what they really want.

      They are selling their souls for money.

  6. Mermaid says:

    Many people also say you are a traitor and unfit for the presidency Donnie Two Scoops. I’m sorry to the people of France that have to host our Emperor on Bastille Day. I keep hearing rumors on Twitter that WaPo has a big story and I know it’s from unverified sources but it’s letting me sleep nights so please just let me keep believing😊

  7. Honey says:

    The only thing Trump knows about the military is how to make excuses to keep himself from being drafted

  8. lightpurple says:

    Why, yes, many people would take meetings with Grindelwald, if they are Death Eaters.

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    Seeing the POTUS seal there next to him as he comes off the plane is sickening. My sincere apologies to France for having to host this traitor to his country and our alliance. Not to mention his simpering faux-wife, who is undoubtedly in on the whole caper as well.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, it’s like a punch in the gut.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah…sigh.
      I’m torn. I hate that he is embarrassing us in the country where half my family lives, yet it’s a country that I love dearly and a very important ally to the US so….IDK. I hate to give the Grifter-in-Chief any credit, but at least he’s not cutting off every EU country? Sure, he’s made it clear that we have chosen to be left behind making room for China, Germany, and others yet it is still better than not visiting our allies at all, I suppose.

    • Lee1 says:

      I am Canadian but grew up in the States for a while. Haven’t been back since the election, but will be heading to upstate NY to camp with my American mother and family in August for a vacation that was planned long before the election. I can’t stop picturing what it’s going to be like to cross the border and have to see his presidential portrait on the wall behind the border officer. It’s like a nightmare. Somehow the association with those long standing visual cues just make it so much worse. Like, yes, this is actually reality. It makes me sick to my stomach too.

  10. Lolo86lf says:

    If Hillary Clinton would have taken the meeting Donald Trump, The GOP, and every single Trumpaloonie would be screaming ‘treason!”, and ‘lock her up’. This is all so hypocritical.

  11. Plibersek says:

    Since becoming Russia’s leader Putin as amassed 200 billion dollars. Trump probably wants to buddy up to him to get some tips on how to do it.

  12. Beth says:

    Another “But Hillary !” Grow some balls and do your fucking job,Trump.
    The only good thing about this whole Trump thing, is that comedians will never run out of jokes. Trump is like a gold mine to comedians

  13. third ginger says:

    Pat Robertson is still alive and in an upright position?!? He continues to be a curse on the state of Virginia [and the nation].

  14. Mermaid says:

    What about the fact the Russian lawyer Jr met with represented the Russian guy who sued USA for 230 million for losses due to sanctions and Jefferson Beauregard Scarlett Foghorn Sessions settled for 6 million???? And Preet Bahara was investigating while he was fired. Things that make you go hmm…

  15. Jerusha says:

    Nice outfit melania’s wearing. While looking like she’d rather be anywhere else than near the orange turd.

  16. jferber says:

    He’s trying to normalize treason. Whatever comes out about what his people did, he will condone it because they are HIS people. For example, if Goebbels (Goering?) were one of his people and had just said, “Whenever I hear the word ‘culture,’ I reach for my gun,” Trump would say, “It’s his Second Amendment right to bear arms, but crooked Hillary would take that away from him.” His supporters would rabidly agree and the dickless Republican Congress would politely distance themselves from his statement or make fiery speeches against it and meekly vote in lock step for whatever Trump wants anyway. Democracy does die in darkness.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Agreed. He and his people are running the ball right off the court, saying “we won and can do anything we want now–what are you going to do about it?” It’s straight up authoritarianism. They won’t stop. The GOP has now completely transformed into a patriarchal cult that wants to run the U.S. the way that the Community Party of China runs that country and Putin runs his. They don’t believe in our Republic at all. Tr*mp is not a mistake–he is their dream come true–a rabid, dangerous, completely amoral version of Reagan.

    • magnoliarose says:

      This is exactly how it happens. Normalize the abnormal and then convince people to do horrible things. I am afraid that something big and terrible is going to happen before this nightmare is over.

  17. Nicole says:

    Yesterday Bush’s ethics advisor said if anyone got an email like that they’ve should’ve contacted the FBI immediately. So no “many people” would not have taken the meeting unless they are criminals or treasonous

  18. Sixer says:

    I’ve decided he’s Walter Mitty with Added Evil.

    Certainly not in the same reality as the rest of us.

  19. jwoolman says:

    People who have been involved in campaigns have been saying the opposite, President Tweeter. There are laws against receiving money or other things of value from foreign nationals for a campaign. The proper procedure when offered stolen materials about your opponent or such information from a foreign government is to call the FBI. That’s what Gore did when someone anonymously sent briefing materials and a video about Dubya’s debate preparation.

    The first email tweeted by Junior blatantly talked about Russian government help in getting Senior elected. This should have immediately triggered a call to the FBI because it’s actually illegal. Which I’m sure that Manafort knew even if Junior and Jared were somehow clueless. The prohibitions on foreign involvement in our campaigns are well known enough that I even knew about it many years ago, when my only political activity was to vote.

  20. Eric says:

    We are going to find out, very shortly, that Emperor Zero was at the meeting with Jr, Manafort, and Jared. Either he went as the friend of “Jim,” John Barron or he had a open line of comm to the floor below him and listened in.
    Probably should fess up now…jus sayin’

    Everyone still curious why Donnie Two Scoops fired al the US Attorneys? It was to get rid of Preet Bahara in the SD of NY.

    But Preet is no one’s fool. He gave a mountain of material to AG Schniederman.

    Boom!

  21. greenmonster says:

    ‘I then asked him a second time in a totally different very smart way. He totally couldn’t see through that, because I was so smart to ask in a totally different way. It was so different even I forgot what my question was about!’

    And if Putin hacked the election, you wouldn’t know about it? He is playing you, Donnie Two Scoops. He wants the world to know what he did. That’s half of the fun for him.

  22. Rice says:

    Kaiser, I applaud you for interpreting that mess because I didn’t understand a thing he said. If Palin does word salads, then Drumpf does word stir-fry.

  23. Beth says:

    Like father like son. The shit doesn’t fall far from the ass

  24. Jerusha says:

    Here are the journalists murdered by Putin. No wonder donnie likes him.
    http://twitter.com/mollyjongfast/status/885376244719788032

    • Kitten says:

      What are you talking about? Russia is our friend and Vladdy is a “great” guy, bigly great!

    • Crystal says:

      NUH UH! You are obviously just a hater because Putin is sooooo smart and has never ever done obvious illegal things before.

      Back in noncrazyland, didn’t his former KGB boss come out and say he was a bad agent? Maybe that is why he sucks at this espionage BS or he just doesn’t care because Trump will screech about it being fake and protect his best friend 4 eva. Putin could have a neon sign up and Trump will still say it is a lie because Putin has something good on him.

  25. Giulia says:

    Meanwhile in other news. Our iteration of maglinant capitalism is what is going to finish us off:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-12/rooftop-solar-is-no-match-for-crony-capitalism

  26. Pumpkin Soup (formally pie) says:

    So the State Dept won’t comment on whether that lawyer was granted a visa “due to privacy considerations”. The issue is that if she WAS granted a visa, it would be interesting to know WHO approved it and WHY.

  27. Giddy says:

    Robertson is 87, but looks 187, all shrunken and pitiful, but still evil. Sitting in hateful judgment on his fellow man seems to have sapped his strength. Bless his heart.

  28. trollontheloose says:

    45 “Trump Junior? I don’t know him! i never met him. High Class fake News”.

  29. Beth says:

    Does he have a list of the “many people ” Who would do this? He’s always saying “lots of people ” “lots of people ” and “anonymous sources.” If the press says this, it’s automatically fake. You can’t have it both ways, Trump

  30. SM says:

    Those “many people” should have no business being politicians, candidates running for office, let alone the comanders in chief. Not in a sovereign democratic country. That could be a “norm” in businness especially gun trade as well as in dictatorship. So yes, this statement is not untrue, but applied to Donnie it sort of results in treason

  31. Louisa says:

    Totally OT but I am raging so much I have to vent. Betsy DeVos meeting with MRAs today to discuss campus rape and the “epidemic” of false rape accusations. My god! I could cry I am so distraught over this. These “men” are absolute scum.

  32. Patty says:

    But don’t you remember Benghazi? Hilary’s emails and private server? That’s the real story here. Gag me. His supporters don’t care, it appears that our majority Republican house/senate do not care.

    I would implore everyone to email their reps and ask them a very simple question, what would you be doing right now if we were talking about President Obama or Madame President Clinton? They would be drawing up impeachment papers. The fact that they are refusing to see the obvious exposes them for the hypocrites they are and proves once and all for that they putting their party and their guy over the country. It’s disgusting.

  33. Mermaid says:

    Macron’s face today as Trump was talking!!!!! Oh French citizens, I love you, but as an American I’m so jealous of you all right now.

  34. PaulY says:

    “I said, ‘Did you do it?’ And he said, ‘No, I did not. Absolutely not.’ I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said absolutely not.”

    I am dying from laughter at this quote and am now sharing this with all my Trump Bot friends on Facebook – thanks!

  35. magnoliarose says:

    I am surprised he went to France since Macron was endorsed by Obama. Maybe Putin ordered him to go. I am pretty sure it isn’t for American interests.

  36. Jerusha says:

    I don’t know why the link I tried to post didn’t go through, but do you all remember the Russian money laundering case that was abruptly dismissed by trump’s justice department? Guess who their lawyer was? Yes, it was HER, donnie jr’s meet-up.

  37. Jerusha says:

    Eric Bates of The New Republic was on The Takeaway today with a fascinating expose of how seriously in hock trump is to the Russians. The gist is that without Russian money, trump would not be trump. They’ve propped him up for decades. I’ll be looking for that issue of TNR, for sure.

  38. why? says:

    Trump knew about the meeting with the Russian lawyer, why do you think he had the WH come construct the adoption lie and sign off on it?

    Political pros didn’t say that many would have met with the Russians. They said that if a foreign country offers to “help” in an election, that the right thing to do is to call the FBI. When Trump says many political pros is he talking about Ted Cruz, who just had a hand in writing the 4th version of the GOP nohealthcare bill?

    Trump knows that the Russians meddled in the election, but he isn’t going to admit it because he is extremely afraid of Putin and to admit that the election was hacked would mean admitting that he lost the election. Who told Trump that if Putin hacked the election that no one would know it anyway? Putin? Didn’t the Russians leak photos from Trump’s WH meeting , which Trump was trying to keep secret by not allowing US reporters in the room with them, with the 2 Russian officials? The Russians want everyone to know that they meddled in the election and that they succeeded. They aren’t going to hide it because they are gloating about how putting Trump in office has seriously destabilized this country.

    Notice how Trump won’t say anything bad about Putin? Trump doesn’t love this country. If he loved this country he would stop doing things to destabilize us.

    It sounds like Trump has accepted that Putin only “supported” him as a means to destabilize this country.

  39. Lori says:

    Ive yet to hear a single politician say they’d do what he did. Even republicans wont say that. It says a LOT about jr’s morals. Nothing needs to be said about sr’s morals, he has made them quite clear. The apple doesnt fall far from whatever.

  40. Deeanna says:

    Democratic House Rep Brad Sherman of California has filed Article of Impeachment! Hooray! Hooray! Rep Al Green of Texas has signed onto the bill also.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-democrat-introduces-article-of-impeachment-against-trump/article/2628428

  41. why? says:

    The King of Fake News is once again spreading fake news. He is back to blaming Loretta Lynch and Obama. His son(who wrote “I love it” and son-in-law meet with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Hillary and instead of blaming his son and son-in-law, he shifts the blame to Obama? When enough going to be enough. When will the GOP hold Trump, Kellyanne, and Sarah accountable for their lies?

    What about Jared? He egged on Trump to fire Comey and to attack Mueller. He told everyone in the WH not to talk about Russia. He met with a Russian whose bank was under sanctions. He tried to develop a back channel with the Russians. He was using his status as the WH to sell Visas in China. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Jared who told Donald Jr to post the emails. It is being reported that the House Appropriations Committee refused to take away Jared’s security clearance. When enough going to be enough for the GOP? Trump, Jared, and Bannon are destabilizing us and the GOP are sitting by letting it happen. Why? What does Putin have on them that causes them to let Trump and his family do anything?

    Flynn must have some dirt on Jared because Trump did everything possible to be on Flynn’s good side.

    • why? says:

      Jared puts this country at risk and the GOP calls attempts to take away his security clearance as a political stunt? If Jared had nothing to hide, why did he leave off all of the contacts he had with Russia from the forms he completed? Why would you allow a person like Jared to have a security clearance when he keeps abusing the process? The press and the Democrats need to put more pressure on the GOP to do the right thing. They are putting the party before the people. They had one job to do and they failed.

      I also forgot how Jared tried to punish Qatar after they refused to give him a loan. Didn’t the Russians spread fake news about Qatar? So the GOP and Cory Booker still think that it’s a political stunt or too soon to take away Jared’s security clearance? How many countries will suffer because they refused to give Jared what he wants?

  42. Shannon says:

    Yeah. A lot of people do crystal meth, too. That doesn’t make it a good idea, and smart people don’t.

  43. jwoolman says:

    To add to the bizarreness of every week with President Tweeter:

    Just read in the New York Times that Trump now thinks his solar panel-studded Wall (that Mexico will pay for if the solar power doesn’t) has to be transparent:

    “When they throw large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over,” he said. “As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.”

    I think “transparency” is his new word of the week. He tweeted praise for Junior’s “transparency” also.

    Where does Trump get this stuff? Has Alex Jones/Infowars been talking this way lately? Trump watches him religiously.