Trump Submits To Putin: ‘It’s An Honor To Be With You, Sir’
Last year, Donald Trump explicitly encouraged Russia to commit espionage against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. That was unprecedented. Indeed, it’s unfathomable to me that the public hasn’t universally recognized that this behavior by Trump was an act of treason.
Eight months later, Trump couldn’t hold his urge to express gratitude and bow down to the man who helped him win the presidential election: Vladimir Putin.
“It’s an honor to be with you, Sir,” Trump told Putin as the two leaders kicked off their much-anticipated bilateral meeting at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Trump did not respond to a shouted question as to whether or not he would raise Russia’s efforts to interfere in last year’s presidential campaign, according to reporters in the room.
Instead, Trump offered a word-salad in response:
“President Putin and I have been discussing various wonderful things, and I think it’s going very very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks, great talks. We are going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue,” Trump said as photographers snapped photos of the two presidents.
“But we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned,” he added.
NEW: First greeting between Trump & Putin at G20 – handshake & pat on the back, via German govt. pic.twitter.com/C5H14eYvYj
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) July 7, 2017
Friday marks the first meeting between the two men since Trump’s election, with the backdrop of a campaign and presidency that have been fraught with reports that the Russian government interfered in the presidential race to aid Trump’s candidacy as well as allegations that individuals close to Trump may have aided the Kremlin in its efforts.
Trump is facing an FBI investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the alleged meddling and into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice as the probe advanced.