CNN’s John Avlon Condemns Trump’s Tweet on Russian Meddling: He’s ‘Parroting Putin’
Former Daily Beast editor-turned-CNN senior analyst John Avlon went after Donald Trump on Thursday after the president (once again) suggested that he believes Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community.
The White House has confirmed that Trump meet again with his Russian counterpart next month in Finland. As for today, Trump’s back on Twitter, ripping the “witch hunt” collusion investigation and quoting the Russian government’s denial of interfering in the 2016 election.
As Avlon reviewed Trump’s tweets with his New Day colleagues, John Berman pointed out that multiple U.S. agencies have concluded that Russia did meddle with the election and wanted Trump to win the presidency. As the conversation reflected on Trump’s interest in framing Russia’s election meddling as a non-issue, Avlon stated “the president is parroting Putin’s talking points.”
“We saw earlier the president doing Putin’s talking points about Crimea, saying it’s Obama’s fault that Russia invaded it,” Avlon said. “So Bolton may talk tough on Crimea, the rest of the administration might recognize the reality of the intelligence community’s assessment, but at the end of the day, the president seems intent on parroting Putin’s talking points about the election and so much more.”
Avlon isn’t alone in this view. A lot of Trump critics have noticed that he’s still going easy on Putin and refuses to challenge him over what he did in 2016.
The US intelligence community says the Russians are lying. There's abundant public evidence Russia's claims aren't true. Top Trump-appointed intel officials have said, without qualification, that Russia meddled in our elections. Why amplify a claim so demonstrably false? https://t.co/M4wREAP0x4
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) June 28, 2018
Pres repeats Kremlin denial, but charges FBI corruption. https://t.co/sj3pHcaene
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 28, 2018
In the Oval Office yesterday I asked Pres Trump if Russia's election meddling would be on his agenda for his meeting with Putin.
His answer: "You never know about meetings, what happens. Right? But I think a lot of good things can come with meetings with people." https://t.co/MlUYznSS8C
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) June 28, 2018
Not to state the obvious, but …
… a key reason Trump thinks he can keep inviting Russia to sabotage our next election on the GOP's behalf is that people like @DevinNunes and @RepMarkMeadows are working to undermine the Russia probe, with the tacit support of @SpeakerRyan. https://t.co/7U9vxwX1tq
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 28, 2018
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