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Joe Lockhart on Bombshell Trump Reports: ‘Did President Act as Foreign Agent or Is He Just a Rube?’

According to Wikipedia, the term “useful idiot” is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause of whose goals they are not fully aware. It’s often used in the world of politics and intelligence, notably in the past season of Showtime series Homeland.

CNN’s contributor Joe Lockhart used a different term as a possible explanation for bombshell reports over the weekend that raised serious questions about President Donald Trump and his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Echoing a point previously made by fellow panelist Asha Rangappa, Lockhart offered: “This may come down to a question ultimately of did the president act as a foreign agent or is he just a rube?”

He then proceeded to detail how Trump has consistently taken the side of authoritarian governments over even the findings of his own intelligence community.

“When it comes not just with Russia, with other places in the world, when it comes to trusting a foreign authoritarian leader or his own staff and intelligence community, he’s gone with the authoritarian,” the former White House Press Secretary said, adding “So the damage is done.”

The NY Times reported Friday details of how the FBI was so alarmed by the Trump’s behavior, particularly after firing former FBI Director James Comey, they launched a counter-intelligence investigation into whether Trump was either somehow compromised by the Russians or working with Vladimir Putin at a risk to national security.

The Washinton Post published a report on Saturday that detailed how careful President Trump has been in concealing notes from his many personal meetings with Putin, suggesting of course that he may be trying to hide something. Trump and Putin met privately for two hours in Helsinki last year, the specifics of that discussion are still unknown.

Wath above via CNN.

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