Anyone who has studied President Trump knows he hates to admit a mistake. His natural pattern is to move forward and ignore mistakes. For him, this was a big correction (and as I noted the day before, it was an absolutely necessary one). President Trump then reminded everyone of the Obama administration’s failures in dealing with Russian meddling in the election. President Trump noted that President Obama and his advisers had information that the Russians had been working to interfere in the election and they ignored it, because they thought Hillary Clinton was going to win.
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First, the very people who have been loudest in attacking President Trump about his performance at the Helsinki summit are the people who failed to protect America from Russian meddling in 2016. The very intensity and nastiness of former CIA Director Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence Clapper is an attempt to distract attention from their failure to protect America. It was their duty in 2016 – not candidate Trump’s.
Second, the Trump administration has been far tougher on Russia than President Obama ever dreamed of being. The Trump administration is taking real actions designed to weaken Russia and force Putin to change his aggressive behavior.
The speaker went on to cite the instances of the president issuing tough sanctions against the Russians, arming Ukraine and strengthening NATO by making Europe pay their obligated share. President Trump is standing firm against Russian actions, while leaving the door open for a peaceful middle-ground. The threat from Russia is made much worse by years of neglect from Barack Obama, and the president is striving for a peaceful middle ground before the situation gets out of hand, and tougher decisions are required to secure America,