And all the while, there was resistance within the more institutional elements of the political world to give credence to what was widely regarded as a conspiracy theory. Of course, Trump ignored the unanimous conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia has been ingested in the election to help her and hurt Hillary Clinton. And of course, he seemed reluctant to say a negative word about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But, it was thought, it was simply the unorthodox approach of an unorthodox politician – not something more infamous and more conspiratorial.
The last five days may have changed this view for many people – Trump tweeted, "Our relationship with Russia has never been worse thanks to many years of stupidity and foolishness. United States, witch hunt! " The US President blames a special investigator's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections – an investigation by his own Justice Department! – for the lack of good relations. Phasing.
After a two-hour face-to-face meeting with Putin – Trump pushed for this format – the two men held a joint press conference. In this press, Trump repeatedly indicates that both parties are responsible for Russia's interference in the 2016 elections – even as he continued to doubt the interference of the Russians. "I hold both countries accountable," Trump said in response to a question from the US press about Russia's interference. "I think the US has been stupid, we've all been stupid, we're all to blame."
At the same press conference, Trump said that he "saw no reason why it would be" Russia that was ingested in the elections. The next day, Trump tried to correct the disc; "In a key phrase of my remarks, I said the word" would "instead of" would not, "he explained.
Then, on Wednesday, Trump was asked about it. Believed that Russia was still targeting the US elections, "No," he said, but apparently "no" was in response to questions from journalists, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Of course, Trump continued to take other questions, so …
On Thursday, the verbal breaks – on Twitter natch – that Trump invited Putin to Washington for a second summit this fall. National, Dan Coats, on stage at the Aspen Security Conference, is clearly stunned by the news of a second summit – and acknowledges that he does not even know what 's going on. happened at the first summit
these things would cause skepticism and perhaps a deeper look at the possible links in Trump and Russia, all together – in one week! "During my career as an undercover officer at the CIA, I've seen Russian secret services manipulate a lot of people," writes Texas Republican Will Hurd. op-ed in the New York Times on Friday. "I never thought I would see the day that a US president would be one of them."