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How Social Media Responded to the Appalling, Humiliating Putin-Trump Press Conference

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 16, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 16, 2018 |


There’s a common refrain that I’ve already begun to see on social media in the wake of the press conference today with President Trump and President Putin following their two-hour meeting: That is an appalling day in America. Here’s a sampling of responses.

As Hannah Sole stated, “Watching May eat shit on Friday was mortifying. This was … like a bully who thinks he’s winning but he’s not paying attention and someone is sneaking up behind him about to club him over the head.”

The press conference was every bit as awful as you’d expect, and probably even worse. I’m not sure where to start here, but I think what stands out the most is that the President of the United States opted to believe President Putin over his own intelligence community.

Not once did Trump challenge Putin on anything. Instead, he attacked Democrats. He brought up the Hillary Clinton servers. It was like 2016 all over again — “but her emails!” — only Donald Trump was stating as much in front of the goddamn President of Russia.

Trump not only threw the intelligence community under the bus, he blamed the strained relationship between Russia and the United States (which goes back roughly 100 years, by the way) on Bob Mueller.

He suggested that, as of four hours ago, the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has never been better; he called Putin a “competitor,” and said he meant it as a compliment. He reiterated support for a joint cybersecurity effort. Trump even took it on the chin when Putin criticized Trump for ditching the Iran deal and didn’t bother to counterpunch. Trump also seemed to support this idea proposed by Putin that Mueller could come to Russia and be present for the questioning of the 12 Russian military officers he charged — if the U.S. agrees to let Russia interrogate Americans. WHAT?

The only two people who acquitted themselves well in that press conference were the two American reporters — from Reuters and the AP — who challenged Putin far more than Trump did. Trump, in fact, blamed “both sides” for the strained relationship between the two countries, but did not point to any single thing for which Russia is responsible.

Appalling. Embarrassing. Humiliating. America just got owned by the President of Russia on the world stage.

Hell, here’s FOX NEWS calling the press conference “disgusting.”

It’s worth noting, too, that asked about whether Putin has any compromising material on Trump, he never actually denied it.