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Kremlin scoffs at suspicions about Trump and Russia, so …

Various spokespeople for the Kremlin have categorically rejected the suspicion that U.S. President Donald Trump is an agent of the Russian government. As reported by Bloomberg:

“That’s stupid,” President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. “How can the president of the United States be an agent of another country? Just think about that.”

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also dismissed “accusations that President Trump is effectively a Russian agent” at his annual press conference Wednesday in Moscow, as he attacked Congress and the American media for undermining the U.S. leader.

So just relax everyone.

Comments (34)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 01/16/2019 - 12:17 pm.

    Hmm, I remember that spontaneous uprising in eastern Ukraine by surprisingly well equipped Russian patriots (not military !!)

    Russian military involvement vigorously denied by Putin….

    • Submitted by cory johnson on 01/17/2019 - 08:06 am.

      Funny you should mention Ukraine. Which administration approved the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine. Obama? Nope. Trump? Couldn’t be Trump because he’s a Russian stooge right? But I’m sure it’s just part of his diabolical plan (even though he’s the dumbest Presidentin history). The fact is Trump has done far more to push back against Russia than Obama ever did to push back against any country (except maybe a the only democracy in the Middle East Israel).

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 01/17/2019 - 07:29 pm.

        Not to get off topic, But for argumentative sake, would be hard to call Israel a democratic country from an Arab or Palestinian perspective. Second point, you do know that Obama made it clear he was pivoting to Asia? and part of the Ukraine issue was they were/are not in NATO. Or are you saying, the US should be in all fights in all places at all times on the planet? The topic is Trump and the Kremlin, ot previous presidential decisions. Last point, from this perspective, if the Kremlin agrees, it is an automatic red flag, the truth is probably the opposite.

  2. Submitted by cory johnson on 01/16/2019 - 12:43 pm.

    Also no evidence whatsoever of collusion. So there’s that.

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/16/2019 - 01:10 pm.

    Oh, well, I’m convinced.

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 01/16/2019 - 02:29 pm.

    I think the Russians are just like Trump. A denial is really an admission. “No collusion” = “Collusion”. “No Obstruction of justice” equals “Obstruction of justice. “Doesn’t work for the Russians” equals “Works for the Russians” Shortly Mr. Mueller clear it all up for us.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/16/2019 - 06:04 pm.

    Trump doesn’t have to be an agent of Russia.
    His ignorance and incompetence make him just the adversary they’d hoped for.
    That his business interests may make him more favorably inclined to Russian than most Americans are is icing on the babka.

  6. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 01/16/2019 - 08:26 pm.

    Well, it appears “Trump” has already adopted the Russian way of seeing the world, deny, deny deny. I think he specifically denied the hush payments, denied any business with Russia, denied the Russian meeting in Trump Tower, etc., etc, etc, I’m sorry am I sitting int the silo and picking on the Liar and chief?

  7. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 01/17/2019 - 07:00 am.

    It is interesting that this child of the 60’s “reporter” now has such confidence in the establishment governmental agency’s of the FBI and justice department.

  8. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 01/17/2019 - 07:41 am.

    We already know that Russia interfered in the election of 2016 through, among other things, fake social media accounts and commentary, face news stories (of the sort never mentioned by Mr. Trump when he rails against “fake news”), etc. While Mr. Trump tries to figure out how to spell “collusion,” there’s this to consider: When was the last time a Russian leader came to the defense of the President of the United States, defending him against “attack” by his own legislature and media?

    Just think about THAT…

  9. Submitted by Arthur Swenson on 01/17/2019 - 10:56 am.

    i’m sure that Bone Spurs has tried to avoid any record of his direct talks with Putin because he was pushing back against the Russian leader so bigly.

  10. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 01/17/2019 - 12:02 pm.

    Let’s watch our language: “agent” is not the same thing to the Russians as “asset.” Trump is too lazy and ignorant to be an agent, which implies some activity that’s planned. Sn asset is somebody who’s being controlled by the Russians. That’s pretty much Our Donald.

    With all the compromising stuff the Kremlin has on Trump–notably, his lying about how long he tried into the 2016 campaign to get a Trump Moscow Tower arranged with Putin’s approval (he lied to US citizens and Russia had proof that he was lying: compromat) and God-knows-what stuff he promised Putin in all his secret and deliberately unrecorded meetings with the Russian leader–our boy Donald is probably as fine asset to Russia.

    He’s done a lot to benefit Russia so far (the removal of sanctions against at least one huge Russian oligarch that Mueller has indicted, for example, and threats of withdrawing the US from NATO, a Putin dream scenario). Trump probably is unaware of what he’s doing in Russia’s behalf. Or, maybe not: Trump has had to deal with the Russian mafia for over two decades, and he knows what happens to you if you go against that mafia. Because there’s no sky between Putin and that oligarchic mafia, Trump knows he can’t go against Russia.

  11. Submitted by cory johnson on 01/17/2019 - 03:24 pm.

    It’s interesting today we finally get word from the Bruce Ohr testimony that the Democrats in Congress have been lying about when tge FBI knew the Steele Dossier was a political hit job. The FBI and DOJ leadership knew the real origins of the dossier before the election and lied to the FISA court. The Russians seemed to know that the Democrats hated Trump so much they would believe any insane story fed to them by Steele.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/17/2019 - 04:17 pm.

      It’s interesting that the sources for this “shocker” are all various right-wing echo chambers and scandal sheets. If you’re going to copy and paste, at least try to supply some context.

      None of the members of the Amen Chorus seem to think it important that the dossier was not the only evidence presented to the court. None of them have also ever addressed the question of whether the information contained therein is true (a person who is biased may still be telling the truth).

      • Submitted by cory johnson on 01/17/2019 - 05:38 pm.

        Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is showing. It’s from Ohr’s own sworn testimony to a congressional committee. The point has always been no one in the last 3 years has been able to verify any of the dossier allegations. None of it is true.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/18/2019 - 09:43 am.

          Well, that changes everything, doesn’t it? Now, we don’t need to worry about the evidence that Trump told his personal bagman to lie to Congress.

          • Submitted by cory johnson on 01/18/2019 - 07:29 pm.

            From Buzzfeed? Ha! Took less than a day for the Mueller to call BS on that one.

            • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/19/2019 - 02:18 pm.

              All that Mueller’s office said was that they had no proof of that particular accusation — not that they though it was false.
              There’s a difference.

    • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 01/17/2019 - 05:17 pm.

      Steele didn’t feed anyone anything. He submitted a small set of raw sourced intelligence, in unadorned memo form, to the company that had hired him. Fusion GPS had started that project for a Republican primary campaign, and then continued it for Clinton’s campaign.

      Steele provided the information to the FBI on his own, way before the election. The FBI included it, but did not rely on it, for the court filing to continue surveilling one of Trump’s minions. No conspiracy: they informed the court of the memos’ origins in both a Republican and a Democratic political campaign. And there was more than one filing–the surveillance permission had to be renewed several times over many months, with new filings.

      Do you read?

      • Submitted by cory johnson on 01/18/2019 - 09:50 am.

        I notice you don’t mention what else was used in the FISA applications besides the dossier. Since I read I’ll fill that part in. The FBI used news stories that were planted by Stelle and FBI and DOJ leakers. So they made the news stories they planted looked like corroboration of the dossier. Also, again since I read, Steele was hired after the DNC contracted with GPS. So it’s incorrect to say the fake Steele dossier was originally a Republican item.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 01/17/2019 - 07:17 pm.

      Gee CJ, so do you think the FISA court’s don’t know how to investigate, or verify? Do you think, that a judge or judges on FISA would not raise holy hell if they had been lied to? The FBI would not go back on a decision if they found out they have been lied to, especially with Sessions in charge? Don’t they have something called perjury? So what you are saying is the FBI & the DOJ set this entire thing up? You know one of the conservative commentators indicated a few articles ago that us central and lefty’s are sitting in silos/echo chambers. But a conspiracy theory, that everyone is in on except “Trump”! No idea where you folks dig this stuff up, every time I’m looking for the logic/facts to support the other side (not sit in the echo chamber) of the story, it seems a set of taller boots are in order, Just because you heard it on talk radio doesn’t make it real, what is Alex Jones/info wars back on?
      Couple articles back there are what, close to 10 folks that were on the “T” campaign or transition team that have been nailed (read convicted) with lying about conferring with the Russians, Now perhaps for you that is just coincidence, for me it is a lot of smoke close to “T” and that has nothing to do with an echo chamber or silo, its called deductive reasoning, from this point of view,

      • Submitted by cory johnson on 01/18/2019 - 09:58 am.

        Lots of personal attacks on this site when you don’t like the truth being dropped on you. You mention perjury. In fact James Baker (disgraced FBI Obama hack) is currently being investigated for lying about his role in a leaked story to Mother Jones. Not hard to find if you step out of the NPR, NYT, MSNBC echo chamber.

        • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 01/18/2019 - 11:01 am.

          CJ, and who is talking about personal attacks? “Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is showing” As before, got what 7-10 convictions, what all fake Justice? All set ups? Not legitimate news? Obama Hack? You do know that Baker had been in government service since like 1990, and no one was charged int he 2017 investigation (under Republican leadership)
          PS: where are you finding your stuff? How are you proving its validity? Because you heard it on talk radio, or got it from some far right wing conspiracy site does not make it fact or legitimate. .

        • Submitted by David Lundeen on 01/18/2019 - 01:01 pm.

          Mr. Johnson, you are quite fortunate to be a free-thinking who doesn’t need the mainstream media to tell you anything. But here’s a dose of truth for you. The Ukraine weapons deal doesn’t prove Trump is tough on Russia. Rather, the laxing of sanctions again Russian oligarchs per the Magnitsky act combined with certified evidence Trump continued to pursue a Trump tower deal up to the election proves one thing: that he valued his financial well-being far above the requirement to suborn his private interests ahead of the nation’s. As a conservative, or whatever you are, you support the debasement of our constitution through your support for our president. Truth cuts both ways.

          • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/19/2019 - 02:20 pm.

            Again, what actual deal has been signed?
            How many weapons have been shipped?
            Are they effective against tanks and airplanes being used by the Russians in Ukraine?

  12. Submitted by Joe Musich on 01/22/2019 - 03:11 pm.

    We have a mess. It will get worse. The Russians are defending Potus. Why would they care to do that publically ? Step by step slowly it turns. In all this point counter point stuff people are suffering over a wall almost no one wants and that does not benefit anyone or anything. This boy man has dug his heels in for something that is so non productive to the injury of so many. That is indefensible. He is successfully pushing anomosity between people whenever he can. Fortunately more and more people in his camp are getting fed up. That is starting slowly but the wave will come.

  13. Submitted by cory johnson on 01/24/2019 - 08:30 pm.

    I see the US and Russia are backing opposite sides in Venezuela. Must be part of Putin’s plan to distract Democracts

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