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Helsinki Summit Media (4)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I notice a distinct and disturbing trend in much of the mainstream media in the US to actively denigrate and demean President Trump, without an attempt to objectively examine the issues. It is emotional, it is biased, it is unprofessional. 

Russia is taking full advantage of their control of the information coming out of the Helsinki Summit since there was no live coverage. Russian media, trolls, bots, conspiracy theorists, and anyone remotely pro-Russian is pouring gasoline onto the fire and fanning the flames.  Russian propagandists’ main target, the Russian population, wants Putin to be seen as not only the leader of Russia but as the dominant leader at the Summit.

The limit to this ‘game’ is about to be reached, however, and the obvious ploy by Russian propaganda is becoming all too clear to all audiences. 

I’ve had a lot of queries from friends and relatives in the last several days, asking for my opinion.  This has not occurred before.  I believe more people than ever recognize Russia is still waging an information war against the West. Now we need to take Russia to the woodshed. I have a solution.

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Helsinki has produced a deluge of public argument. The Russian play to hurt and humiliate POTUS is producing some serious blowback, and this is apt to escalate as this plays out. An expensive but typically Russian indulgence. FP’s “poodle essay” makes some interesting points.

Curiously the Russians are indulging in another bout of nuclear saber-rattling that is usually reserved for times when they feel frightened and need to indulge in some feelgood PR. All while the FSB turns TsNIIMash upside down trying to find who sold the hypersonic crown jewels to the West.

More threats over NATO, Georgia, Ukraine. Eastern Europe and Ukraine in the debate – Putin apparently peddling his 2014 fake referendum proposal to POTUS.


UAWire – Russia prepares to test nuclear-powered cruise missile

Russia is preparing to begin flight tests on prototypes of the enhanced Burevestnik (“Thunderbird”) cruise missiles. The missiles are powered by …

Russia Tests New Nuclear Weapons After Summit With Trump

Defense Ministry is testing a wide array of new weapons, including high-powered laser weapon systems

Russia shows off new weapons after Trump summit – CNN

As European leaders grappled with the fallout from the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit Thursday, Russian authorities took the opportunity to show off some of the new weaponry Putin boasted in March would render NATO defenses “completely useless.”

Russia announces new nuclear weapons tests days after Trump-Putin summit | TheHill

Russia is reportedly testing a range of new nuclear weapons and other military hardware including a high-powered laser, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with President Trump for a one-on-one summit in Finland.&nb

BBC Monitoring on Twitter: “The FSB is conducting searches of several staff at Russian rocket and spacecraft centre TsNIIMash over possible cooperation with Western agencies regarding hypersonic missile technology, Kommersant newspaper reports.”

Russia fears leak of hypersonic missile secrets to West – BBC News

Staff at a space site are suspected of leaking data on the new generation of weapons to the West.

Kommersant: FSB begins investigation due to leakage to the West of data on hypersonic weapons of Russia | Hybridtechcar

Technology news focused on reviewing new Internet products,breaking tech news,Medical,Science and Technology

Russian hypersonic weapon files leaked to West, intel agents seek mole – report — RT World News

Dozens of employees in the Russian missile industry came under intense scrutiny after the FSB reportedly conducted an all-out search for a mole who leaked top secret files on the newest hypersonic weapons to Western intelligence.

Russian labs accused of passing missile secrets to the West | World | The Times

Employees at two Russian rocket research institutes are suspected of committing treason by passing top-secret information on hypersonic technology to western spies.Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) seized documents during raids this morning at TsNIIMash, the main research institute of Russia’s

Putin: ‘Powerful Forces’ Are Trying To Undermine U.S.-Russia Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin says powerful forces in the United States are trying to undermine the results of his first bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking at a meeting with Russian diplomats at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on July 19, Putin blamed the “domestic political struggle” in the United States for tying to “belittle” the talks. Putin also said that NATO’s “aggressive moves that pose a direct threat to Russia’ will receive a proportional response.

Putin warns NATO against closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned NATO against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.

UAWire – Putin promises ‘commensurate reaction’ to NATO expansion

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a “commensurate reaction” for the deployment of NATO bases near Russian borders. Speaking at a …

Russia threatens ‘negative consequences’ over Marine exercise with Ukraine in the Black Sea

It’s not the first time Russia has dished out threats following moves by the Corps across Europe.

Investigative Report: On The Trail Of The 12 Indicted Russian Intelligence Officers

RFE/RL presents the results of its open-source investigation of the 12 Russian military-intelligence officers and the military units named in a U.S. indictment issued in connection with the hacking of Democratic Party computers during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Russia Urges Release Of Accused Agent Butina In Twitter Campaign

The Russian Foreign Ministry has launched a Twitter campaign calling for the release of Maria Butina, a woman with ties to U.S. conservative politicians and groups who U.S. authorities have accused…

Maria Butina, Alleged Russian Agent

A 29-year-old redhead and a “fat-bellied” politician — key figures in more claims of covert Russian activities to influence U.S. politics.

U.S. Charges Woman With Links To Kremlin, U.S. Politicians As Covert Russian Agent

U.S. prosecutors have arrested a Russian woman who cultivated ties with American conservative politicians and groups and charged her with acting as a covert agent for the Russian government.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: FSB has Special Budget for Hiring Prostitutes to Compromise Foreigners, Regional Officials, Kubin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, July 16 – Like its predecessor the KGB, the FSB uses specially selected Russian prostitutes to compromise foreigners of interest who visit Moscow as well as officials and businessmen from the provinces, according to Feliks Kubin who worked with the Russian organs before fleeing to the United States. That process, long the subject of spy novels and films, has attracted new attention following the claims of the so-called Christopher Steele dossier about Moscow’s reported use of prostitutes against American businessman and now US President Donald Trump, claims he and his supporters dispute but that many others give credence to. Kubin describes his own experience with such tactics and information he gleaned from conversations with his colleagues in the Russian interior ministry and the FSB’s counter-intelligence service in an interview with US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova posted online today (tverezo.info/post/63024). He says that an acquaintance of his “was personally involved in the selection of prostitutes” the center used against “some governors who came to Moscow. I personally know that the girls were selected for attracting high level officials and Russian politicians … Possibly,” they were also used “for work with foreigners as well,” although “no one told [him] about that.” “The level of the girls and their pay depended on the level of ‘the object’ involved,” Kubin continues. “The authorities found girls” on various acquaintance sites online as well as hiring models. “I know one guy who specialized in models and had a whole list of suitable candidates” for what the FSB wanted undertaken. “I don’t remember his name, but I know that he took part in making porno films,” the émigré says. For lower level targets, the FSB chose girls not from Moscow or St. Petersburg but from the provinces so that after they had fulfilled their ‘tasks,’ these workers of the oldest profession could immediately go back home.” For higher level targets, however, the FSB chose women from among “elite Moscow prostitutes;” and in a change from Soviet times, its officers were not unwilling to pay large sums of money, up to a thousand dollars or even more for a one-time assignation. Such professionals knew their worth and insisted on being well paid, Kubin says. Some of them were undoubtedly “afraid that they would be killed after fulfilling their assignments as unneeded witnesses.” To calm them, the FSB was willing to pay even more, as much as 10,000 US dollars, for a single assignation in the most important cases. According to Kubin, the FSB also used another stratagem with such women. It gave them contracts which guaranteed them regular payments over time. “However,” the former intelligence office, says, “many were all the same afraid,, and to find someone,, I remember, was very difficult.” According to Kubin, “the special services acted not only in those hotels which they constantly monitored but selected others as well, especially” if the girls recruited were able to lead their targets there. That made it easier to set up monitoring, always a problem for the organs in the busier hotels of the Russian capital.

Trump: I will be Putin’s worst enemy if relationship fails

Trump, in an interview with CNBC, also blasted his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for having been a “patsy for Russia” — while claiming he has been “far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years.”  President Donald Trump vowed in an interview with CNBC that if his dealings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin don’t “work out, I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had.” But he also said that, “Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia is postive, not a negative,” Trump said. Trump blasted his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for having been a “patsy for Russia” — while claiming he has been “far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years.”

Trump: I’ll be Putin’s ‘worst enemy’ if U.S.-Russia relationship ‘doesn’t work out’ – media | UNIAN

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Thursday that if his dealings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin don’t “work out, I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had.” In his interview Thursday, Trump ticked off several actions that he said rebut any argument that he is under Putin’s thumb.

Trump Talks Tougher, Says He Warned Putin on Meddling | RealClearPolitics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and…

Trump declines to call Putin a liar, now says he accepts that Russian attacks continue – ABC News

Trump said he holds Russia’s president “responsible” for election interference.

Trump Is Coming Off as Putin’s Poodle, But That Actually Undermines Russia’s Main Goal – Foreign Policy

Trump isn’t as useful to Putin as one might think.

Reversals and clean-up deepen questions about Trump and Putin’s one-on-one – CNNPolitics

When President Donald Trump insisted he meet his Russian counterpart one-on-one, he cited the potential for leaks as rationale to bar aides from attending the session.

How can Trump rebound from his Helsinki humiliation? | The Stream – YouTube

#Helsinki2018 United States President Donald Trump is on the defensive after admitting he misspoke during a news conference in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Monday in Helsinki, Trump would not say if he believed US intelligence officials’ assessment that Russia meddled in his country’s election, an election he won. His misstep caught admonition from both Democrats and Republicans, and put the White House on the defensive. On Tuesday Trump attempted to correct the error, telling reporters, “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t. The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.'” We’ll examine the fallout of the meeting, and if the president can rebound from a news conference politicians have called “shameful”, “disgraceful”, and even “treasonous.”

Trump revised one sentence from Helsinki. Here’s everything else he didn’t fix.

If Tuesday was supposed to be a clean-up job for President Trump, he picked up a single empty can — but left all the other spilled garbage on the kitchen floor.

What Did Trump and Putin Agree to During ‘Successful’ Meeting?

Trump and Putin discussed a range of issues during their meeting in Helsinki, including joint investigations, nuclear arms, and Syria

Trump Invites Putin To Washington For Fall Summit

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered officials to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says.

Why on earth would Trump invite Putin back for more? Here are some theories – CNNPolitics

There will be verdicts, votes — and now Vlad? And it’ll all end with a victory parade of sorts. This fall is going to be *lit* in Washington.

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, four days after a summit that led to an uproar in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront

Putin invite sends DC into Russian twilight zone – CNNPolitics

It was a jaw-dropping moment that embodied the utterly unfathomable, logic-defying and increasingly troubling twilight zone into which Washington has plunged since the Helsinki summit.

Trump ‘Disagrees’ With Putin Request To Interrogate Americans

The White House says President Donald Trump “disagrees” with a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to have Russian investigators question U.S. citizens, including Michael McFaul, the forme…

‘We Have No Idea What President Trump Would Do in a Crisis with Russia.’ – Foreign Policy

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

Trump, Putin Discussed ‘Concrete Proposals’ On Ukraine, Envoy Says

Russia’s ambassador to the United States says that Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed “concrete proposals” for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine during their summit in Helsinki.

UAWire – US Congressmen call on Trump to stand up to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

Congressmen who lead the support group for Ukraine in the US Congress urged US President Donald Trump &quot;to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our …

Putin says he floated Ukraine referendum during meeting with Trump – media | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told diplomats that he discussed with President Trump this week the possibility of holding a referendum in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, according to a Bloomberg report.  It would also mark a change in Washington’s position, which calls for Russia to live up to its commitments under the Minsk agreement.

Putin says he floated Ukraine referendum during meeting with Trump: report | TheHill

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told diplomats that he discussed with President Trump this week the possibility of holding a referendum in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine,

Putin Tells Diplomats He Made Trump a New Offer on Ukraine at Their Summit – Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats that he made a proposal to Donald Trump at their summit this week to hold a referendum to help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but agreed not to disclose the plan publicly so the U.S. president could consider it, according to two people who attended Putin’s closed-door speech on Thursday.

There was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump’s performance with Putin | TheHill

Ned Ryun says ‘spare me the pious hyperbolic sanctimony.’

Trump’s Putin outrage: Congress needs to do more than huff and puff (opinion) – CNN

Trump has doubled down on his rogue policies toward Russia and Congress needs to do more than pass resolutions to oppose him, writes Julian Zelizer

Pompeo: US Won’t Send Any Americans to Russia for Questioning – YouTube

VOA News Published on Jul 19, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not send Americans to Russia for questioning. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to let U.S. investigators question officials in Moscow about Russia’s interference in U.S. 2016 elections if Russian investigators are allowed to question American officials. U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin’s proposal an “incredible offer.” But in an interview with VOA on Thursday, Pompeo rejected the idea. Zlatica Hoke reports. Originally published at – https://www.voanews.com/a/pompeo-us-w

NYT conservative columnist urges Pompeo and Bolton to resign | TheHill

A conservative columnist with The New York Times is urging top members of the Trump administration to step down after President Trump seemingly sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin against U.S.

Pompeo’s Choice: Denounce the McFaul Handover, or Lose the World’s Trust – Defense One

The world is watching to see if he has the courage and the political savvy to truly be a leader in his Department, in this administration, and around …

“There Is a Reason We Tried to Kill This”: After Helsinki, the Deep State Fears Trump Cannot Be Saved | Vanity Fair

As John Bolton grapples with the fallout from the president’s harrowing performance in Finland, the analysts and experts who comprise the national-security apparatus brace themselves for what might come next. “The president might think it’s us being ‘deep-staters,’ but the reality is we were trying to protect him,” says a Trump administration official. “It was a bad idea from all sides.”

Intel chief’s shocked reaction to Putin invite – CNN Video

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reacted to breaking news that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in talks for a visit to Washington in the fall, according to the White House.

US Spy Chief: ‘I Don’t Know What Happened’ in Helsinki – Defense One

Director of National Intelligence Coats got another surprise Thursday: Putin is coming to town.

DNI Dan Coats Has 3 Words After Learning Trump Invited Vladimir Putin To White House

The director of national intelligence learned the president invited Putin to the White House during a Q&A discussion at the Aspen Security Forum.

Intel Chief Says Russia Meddling in US ‘Ongoing’ – YouTube

Associated Press Published on Jul 19, 2018 (19 Jul 2018) National Intelligence Director Dan Coats says he wishes President Donald Trump had made different statements in Helsinki, where he appeared to give credence to Russia’s denial of interference in the 2016 U.S. election. (July 19)

After a stunning interview, talk of whether Trump would fire his intelligence chief is reportedly circulating | Business Insider

An interview with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reportedly ruffled feathers in the White House, particularly after the US intelligence chief made remarks that appeared to undercut President Donald Trump’s appearance at the Helsinki summit on Monday.

Jake Tapper: What the hell is going on? – YouTube

Mr. President, You Are Not in Charge – Bloomberg

Jonathan Bernstein’s morning links.

Is Donald Trump even in charge of this government? – The Washington Post

More and more, his own aides decide they can just ignore the president.

George Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin | TheHill

Will is trying to defend America from Putin, and to save conservatism from Trump.

Trump is a sad, embarrassing wreck of a man – The Washington Post

Which Republicans will stand behind a president who puts Russia first?Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. The most innocent inference is that for decades he has depended on an American weakness, susceptibility to the tacky charisma of wealth, which would evaporate when his tax returns revealed that he has always lied about his wealth, too. A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians. A still more sinister explanation might be that the Russians have something else, something worse, to keep him compliant. The explanation is in doubt; what needs to be explained — his compliance — is not. Granted, Trump has a weak man’s banal fascination with strong men whose disdain for him is evidently unimaginable to him. And, yes, he only perfunctorily pretends to have priorities beyond personal aggrandizement. But just as astronomers inferred, from anomalies in the orbits of the planet Uranus, the existence of Neptune before actually seeing it, Mueller might infer, and then find, still-hidden sources of the behavior of this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man. Read more from George F. Will’s archive or follow him on Facebook.

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki? – Foreign Policy

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

With Trump Going Soft on Nord Stream, Congress Moves to Kill the Pipeline – Foreign Policy

U.S. lawmakers, at least, worry that Europe’s reliance on Moscow for energy could give Russia key leverage.

‘Unless They Pay a Price for It, They’re Going to Keep Doing It.’ – Foreign Policy

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia says Trump can’t hold Moscow accountable by “winging it.”

Sanctions law behind Putin’s request to Trump for former U.S. officials | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to U.S. President Donald Trump for a joint investigation of former U.S. officials sought by the Kremlin for “illegal activities,” including a U.S. ambassador to Russia, is just the latest effort in a years-long campaign to undermine a U.S. law that imposes financial sanctions on Putin’s officials.

Could Russia join the US to investigate hacking?

President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct criminal investigations into Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have blocked a move to subpoena the American translator from the Helsinki summit to testify about the private talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democrats want Jon Huntsman Jr. to testify about Helsinki summit | KSL.com

Senate Democrats want U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and other high-ranking officials to testify before Congress about President Donald Trump’s private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

DHS head Nielsen hedges on Russian election meddling

Nielsen said: “I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular party.”

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Warns Of Russian Interference In Upcoming Votes

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has said the United States must be ready to resist attempted Russian interference in the country’s elections later this year.

What Americans should do after Helsinki – The Washington Post

‘How did we get here?’ is a familiar refrain after the Trump-Putin summit.

Trump doubles down on meetings with despots — and it’s rocking the US government to its core | Business Insider

President Donald Trump is considering second meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite meager results and a furious backlash from the first time he met both men.

Senators scramble to deal with fallout from Trump’s news conference – CNNPolitics

Senators in both parties were considering options Tuesday to push back against President Donald Trump’s decision to align himself with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland.

God bless the ‘deep state’ – The Washington Post

Trump ignores evidence of his own intelligence community on election hacking.

Why has Trump decided to bully Montenegro? – The Washington Post

Trump seems to have a vendetta against NATO’s newest member.

Why people are worried about Trump’s Montenegro comments – CBS News

The president risks emboldening Russian aggression when he appears to doubt the usefulness of NATO

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Trump Invokes Another Favorite Putin Argument for Why the West Must Defer to Russia

Paul Goble Staunton, July 19 – The Western media has generally been horrified and the Russian media celebratory about the many policy positions Donald Trump has taken that correspond to those most desired by Vladimir Putin up to the point of questioning fundamental Western institutions like NATO and its Article 5 guarantees. But less attention has been paid in the Western media although not that much less in Moscow outlets to the US leader’s invocation of Putin’s insistence on the centrality of World War II and the Soviet Union’s role in it as foundation stones for the international system not only in the wake of that conflict but now and in the future. Putin has used the Soviet contribution to the defeat of Hitler as a universal solvent to dissolve any criticism of the Soviet regime or his own. Because we beat the Nazis, he argues, we shouldn’t be attacked. But the Kremlin leader has also insisted that because of that contribution, the West must defer to Russia now and in the future and accept its geopolitical vision. No one questions either Soviet contributions to the defeat of Hitler or the massive losses that the peoples of the USSR suffered, but given the way in which Stalin and subsequent Soviet leaders used their victory to impose Soviet control over half of Europe, demanding that a conflict which ended more than 70 years ago be the basis of current international policy is a stretch. Until this week, American presidents have respectfully acknowledged the Soviet contribution despite what followed after 1945; but they have not accepted the Russian view that the agreements at its end including at Yalta and Potsdam must remain guiding lights for relations. The world has changed too much for that. But now, in the wake of the Helsinki summit, that appears to have changed. The Moscow newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, headlined its report on Trump’s comments to Fox News “Trump: ‘America and the Entire World are Obligated to Russia for the Victory over Fascist Germany” (kp.ru/daily/26857.4/3899059/). In fact, as the article shows with its quotations from Trump’s remarks, the US leader did not go quite that far. He did say that “in World War II, Russia lost 50 million people and helped us gain the victory over Hitler.” That statement is problematic in two ways. On the one hand, many of the millions of Soviet citizens who died – and even the most expansive Russian commentators do not put that figure at 50, a significant share were not ethnic Russians. It was a Soviet contribution not merely a Russian one, all of Putin’s propaganda notwithstanding. And on the other, Trump’s words were sufficiently ambiguous to be open to the very interpretation the Moscow newspaper and probably many in the Kremlin give them. He has accepted Putin’s view that World War II remains central and that the world must base its decisions with that as a starting point. For many of the peoples in between Moscow and Berlin, that is an even more frightening future than even talk about the United States not living up to its treaty responsibilities to come to the aid of any of its fellow NATO members who may be attacked by the only country in Europe that has shown itself willing to use aggression to advance its foreign policy goals.

Donald Trump, Meet Bill Browder – WSJ

Putin wants Trump to help him silence the man who was also targeted by Fusion GPS.

US Businessman Wanted By Putin: ‘Absolutely Appalled’ WH Would Consider Allowing Questioning by Russians | Fox News Insider

Bill Browder, an American businessman who formerly had a company operating in Russia, said he was outraged by the prospect that the Trump administration would possibly allow him to be questioned by Russian agents over a case stemming back to 2005.

The Helsinki Move That Could Save the INF Treaty – Defense One

Putin offered suggestions for strategic stability. The U.S. should respond with proposals to revive verification.

Chinese Hackers Targeted Internet-of-Things During Trump-Putin Summit – Defense One

A spike in attacks sought access to devices that might yield audio or visual intelligence.

Like the failed summit before the Cuban Missile Crisis: Long-time Soviet interpreter Pavel Palazhchenko puts the Trump-Putin meeting in historical context — Meduza

On July 16, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held bilateral talks in Helsinki. The leaders of the United States and Russia haven’t met quite like this, at a formal summit in a third country, for almost 15 years. To get a sense of a diplomatic event like this, Meduza special correspondent Ilya Zhelgulev spoke to Pavel Palazhchenko, who served as a interpreter for General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze. Palazhchenko participated in many similar bilateral summits in the late 1980s.

Trump-Putin Firestorm Brings Interpreters Out From the Shadows – Foreign Policy

U.S. politicians debate whether to force Trump’s interpreter to divulge contents of the private meeting.

Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine

Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face. Blake Hounshell is the editor in chief of POLITICO Magazine

“The Taylor Swift of treason”: Jimmy Kimmel offers a theory for why Trump keeps waffling on Putin | Salon.com

“Trump kept his peace going by calling out his haters today on Twitter. He’s the Taylor Swift of treason”

Why Trump Is Getting Away With Foreign-Policy Insanity – Foreign Policy

The only people who can stop his sucking up to Russia have lost all their credibility.

President Trump does a great job and doesn’t let America down at all – The Washington Post

The Helsinki summit went unexpectedly well!

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Trump and Putin May have Agreed to Fight Liberals in Both Countries, Some Russians Say

Paul Goble Staunton, July 19 – Given that Russian liberals have joined American ones in condemning Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin (apn.ru/index.php?newsid=37419), Russian analyst Mikhail Khazin has suggested that the two leaders may have agreed to a common attack on the liberals in both countries. Khazin made that suggestion (iarex.ru/news/58735.html), and the Rex News Agency editors have now generalized his remarks to suggest that Putin and Trump “may have come to a personal agreement about joint actions against liberal ‘financiers’ who in the US are leading the attack on Trump and in Russia control all economic policy” (iarex.ru/news/58903.html). The editors cite the conclusion of retired Russian colonel Andrey Devyatov that it was “precisely the resolution of the issue about the ties of William Browder with Trump’s enemies in the US and not the discussion of Syria, nuclear arms or gas that was the key sign that an informal ‘deal’ between the leaders had been concluded” (youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Lstt7m-cljA). Browder of course is not an American citizen, but these suggestions may also be finding confirmation in the interest Moscow has in interviewing former American officials like Michael McFaul, the former US ambassador to Moscow, something that the White House has now said it is willing to consider. The potential impact of such an arrangement in the United States has already sparked significant dissent. To allow Moscow such access and even to assist it would violate longstanding practice and almost certainly would lead to massive resignations at the State Department and elsewhere. But the possible impact of such “a deal” if in fact it happened on Russia has not yet attracted much attention. However, that could be equally serious. In effect, it could mean that Trump would not raise any objections to a wholesale cleaning out of liberal advisors in the Russian government and their replacement with hardline statists. And more seriously still it could mean that Washington at Trump’s direction would reduce still further its support for Russian liberals in the broadest sense, seeing them as enemies of Putin and hence enemies of himself. The Russian commentators offer no direct evidence for the existence of such an arrangement, but there is one aspect of Trump’s approach that makes it not beyond the realm of the possible. As the current US president has demonstrated time and again, everything he is involved in is all about him – and Putin could have exploited this for his own purposes.

Trump’s Unrequited Love for Vladimir Putin – Foreign Policy

When the U.S. president looks at Vladimir Putin, he doesn’t see his handler. He sees his dad.

‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ isn’t new – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 19, 2018 Is ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ a real thing? CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on a “cure.”

Rand Paul shows stubborn streak in stampede over Trump and Russia – Chicago Tribune

Sen. Rand Paul refused to be stampeded in the outcry over President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helskinki, noting the importance of a relationship with Russia.

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