Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Helsinki Summit Media (8)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I would be interested in seeing the results of polling inside Russia as well as globally.  

Russia has certainly had enough events to spin themselves as a force of reckoning, but it appears Putin was only successful internally to Russia.  

Outside Russia and the US, my sensing is Russia was the big winner from the World Cup and the Helsinki Summit PR effort, especially from my friends in Europe.  

Again, it is almost impossible to determine because of a ruthlessly biased and unprofessional press corps. 

</end editorial>

Most interesting are the polling reports. These indicate Russia is the biggest loser from the Helsinki summit. They still do not understand how democracies work, despite waging war against them for well over a century now.

Poll: More than half of Americans think Putin has dirt on Trump – POLITICO

Fifty-one percent of voters believe “the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,” a national poll found.

National (US) Poll – July 24, 2018 – Half Of U.S. Voters Say Russia | Quinnipiac University Connecticut

July 24, 2018 – Half Of U.S. Voters Say Russians Have Something On Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Say Both Sides At Fault For Bad Relations. American voters believe 51 – 35 percent “that the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,” according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Republicans don’t believe 70 – 18 percent there is compromising information, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group which does not believe it, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Two other groups are divided: 44 percent of white voters with no college degree believe the Russians have something and 43 percent don’t believe it; 42 percent of white men believe it and 43 percent don’t believe it. The U.S. and Russia share the blame for the relationship between the two countries, 54 percent of U.S. voters say, while 38 percent say Russia is to blame and 4 percent say the U.S. is to blame. The Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was a failure for the U.S., voters say 52 – 27 percent. The summit was a success for Russia, voters say 73 – 8 percent. Trump was not acting in the best interest of the U.S., voters say 54 – 41 percent. “Whether it is with love or not, President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has delivered a small blow to his already poor standing with the American people,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump’s job approval is back below 40 percent again. “The president gets a split 49 – 47 percent score on the economy, but he receives negative reviews on his handling of a bevy of international problems and especially his relationship with Russia.” President Trump should defend all of America’s NATO allies, American voters say 78 – 16 percent. A total of 68 percent of American voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about President Trump’s relationship with Russia, while 32 percent are “not so concerned” or “not concerned at all.”

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Americans Don’t Think Trump Is Tough Enough On Russia : NPR

Nearly two-thirds said the president has been too lax on Russia, and almost half of Republicans agreed. Most Americans also believe Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

Voters believe Russia more likely to meddle for GOP in midterms than for Democrats – POLITICO

Just 13 percent say Russia would be more likely to try to help Democrats win.

Trump’s Post-Helsinki Poll Ratings Portend a Nasty and Divisive Election Season | The New Yorker

John Cassidy writes about how the controversial meeting between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin appears to have left Trump’s poll numbers unchanged.

Russia Says U.S. General’s Remarks Discredited Trump’s Position – WSJ

Moscow criticized the top U.S. military commander of the Middle East, saying he ‘discredited the official position’ of President Trump by expressing hesitance toward working with Russian counterparts in Syria.

Pentagon Reluctant To Work With Russian Military On Syrian Refugees

U.S. military leaders are expressing reluctance to work with the Russian military following a White House agreement with the Kremlin to discuss working together to help Syrian refugees return home,…

‘We Don’t Trust Russia’: Nikki Haley Lowers the Boom on Putin, Puts Iran on Notice | CBN News

In an interview with CBN News, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the United States will never trust Russia and Vladmir Putin, but says dialogue is key to moving forward.

Nikki Haley says Russia ‘is NEVER going to be our friend’ | Daily Mail Online

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is telling America not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite President Trump’s cozy appearance with him at their meeting in Helsinki.

Unlike Trump, Haley says the US doesn’t trust Putin – CNNPolitics

As President Donald Trump continues to defend his pursuit of warmer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made it clear on Monday that the US does not trust Moscow and “never will.”

Pompeo faces GOP grilling on Russia, North Korea | TheHill

Republican and Democratic lawmakers concerned over the uncertainty swirling around President Trump’s foreign and trade policies will press Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for answers Wednesday, but there are doubts about how much he can answer.

Pompeo To Face Lawmakers After Trump Summits With Foreign Leaders Raise Questions : NPR

Pompeo will testify Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Russia, North Korea and other issues.

Cooper: Today on Russia, a whole new Trump – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 24, 2018 CNN’s Anderson Cooper wonders what changed since President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to make him suddenly believe Russia could hack the 2018 election.

Pompeo, Mattis on cleanup duty after Trump diplomatic blowups – POLITICO

At the Hoover Institution, the pair make it clear they stand for a stable global order.

Senate eyes hitting Russia in slap to Trump – POLITICO

A bipartisan push to impose new sanctions is gaining ground after Donald Trump’s widely criticized press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Congress to ease Russia sanctions amid clamor for tougher measures – The Washington Post

The annual defense bill gives the president some wiggle room on selling arms to countries with Russia ties.

White House stops summarizing calls with world leaders – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 24, 2018 The White House has suspended the practice of publishing public summaries of President Donald Trump’s phone calls with world leaders, two sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN, bringing an end to a common exercise from Republican and Democratic administrations.

Trump suddenly says he’s ‘very concerned’ about 2018 Russian interference – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump, a week after downplaying Russian interference in US elections, said Tuesday he is “very concerned” that Russia will look to impact the 2018 midterm elections and said he believes Moscow will look to boost Democrats this time.

Donald Trump Tweets Unsubstantiated Claim Russia Wants Democrats To Win

The president’s tweets about Vladimir Putin are making less and less sense.

President Trump Considering Revoking Security Clearances of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Hayden, McCabe… | The Last Refuge

After meeting with Senator Rand Paul earlier today President Trump is exploring the revocation of security clearances for former intelligence officials from the Obama administration including: Michael Hayden, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe and Susan Rice. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated the president is “exploring the mechanism” to remove their…

White House Will Stop Publishing Reports Of Trump’s Calls With World Leaders: CNN

The readouts are the only official public record of such conversations.

Paul Ryan On Trump Revoking Security Clearances: ‘He’s Just Trolling People’

It’s all a big laugh.

Clapper: Ex-intel chiefs ‘oppressed’ for criticizing Trump – CNNPolitics

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that the former intelligence chiefs and national security officials from whom President Donald Trump is considering revoking security clearances are being “oppressed.”

Ingraham: The clearance threat of John Brennan – YouTube

Fox News Published on Jul 24, 2018 The media has been in a fit of apoplexy since they learned President Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former intel officials.

Nunes says memo has been ‘totally vindicated’ after DOJ released FISA documents | Fox News

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Tuesday said he was “totally vindicated” after the release of documents used to justify the FISA surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

U.S. Congress extends ban on military cooperation with Russia | UNIAN

U.S. congressmen have decided to extend the ban on cooperation between the Pentagon and the Russian Defense Ministry. The Act also bolsters international partnerships and provides additional funding for cyber warfare and influence operations to counter Russian aggression, cyber, and information warfare threats.

No president has been tougher on Russia than Trump

While cries of “treason” and “collusion” from the Washington swamp stifle all reasonable debate, it’s important to remember President Trump’s actions, which have made him the toughest president on Russia in recent history. His record proves it beyond a doubt.

Without the Russians, Trump wouldn’t have won – The Washington Post

“Without the Russian influence effort, I believe Trump would not have even been within striking distance of Clinton on Election Day,” a new book says.

The US and Russia Have Plenty of Areas for Cooperation. Let’s Get to Work. – Defense One

We might start by taking Putin’s suggestion to create a bi-national advisory council to help guide engagement.