Donald Trump has been lying to the public on Hillary Clinton’s Russia policy, claiming that she gave 20 percent of our uranium to Russia as Secretary of State, because of his own fears of being an illegitimate president and “Putin’s puppet,” according to VOX.
“Well that’s because he’d rather that have a puppet as President of the United States.”
Vox is running an eloquent take-down of Trump’s false accusations that were a staple of his final campaign days prior to the presidential election last November, and were reiterated in his insane 77-minute press conference this week.
From the piece, by Zeeshan Aleem:
Trump is desperate to repudiate claims that he’s Putin’s stooge
The general inaccuracy of Trump’s claim isn’t surprising; at this point, it would be more shocking if he strung together five minutes’ worth of sentences that weren’t packed with falsehoods and lies.
But his misleading comments are in service of a broader goal: to push back against the notion that he’s at Vladimir Putin’s beck and call. Trump wants to make the case that the Obama administration is the real culprit when it comes to being too easy on the Kremlin by catering to its geopolitical interests for little in exchange. And he’s exaggerating points about uranium to make that case.
By contrast, Trump vows that he’s ”done nothing for Russia.” That’s not really true. Trump has constantly pushed back against the intelligence community’s claims about Russia’s interference with the US election, and said that even if they’re true, he doesn’t understand all the fuss about it — making it less likely that the GOP will investigate Russia’s conduct rigorously. And his open embrace of Putin in the public sphere for many years has helped boost the Russian leader’s stature among the nationalist right in the US and Europe as a strong leader and a vital ally against Islamist terrorism around the world.
You can check out the entire piece at VOX.