Putin, Trump and ‘treason’: what now for the US (and UK)?

Much has been written in the media worldwide about the astonishing press conference President Trump gave with Vladimir Putin yesterday. I say astonishing because having watched a variety of clips, and read numerous reports, the gravity of what unfolded cannot be overstated. In front of the world’s media a President of the United States took a Russian President’s word (a long time global adversary, and, even in Trump’s own words, a ‘competitor’) over the detailed, forensic, and entirely convincing evidence of the US intelligence and federal law enforcement community that Russia interfered at multiple levels in the 2016 presidential election, and they did so in support of Donald Trump.

Furthermore, having spent days trashing NATO, the EU, Angela Merkel, Teresa May, and so on – in short, the entire collective of the US’s European allies – not one word, NOT ONE WORD, of criticism of Putin was uttered by Trump.

I could write much more but instead would point anyone interested in what is likely one of the best analyses of what we saw yesterday – a demonstration of just how beholden and in thrall to Putin Trump is (and it really doesn’t matter why, he just is), and the possible implications for the US, and its allies too, of course – to two segments of Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word, on MSNBC: ‘Putin made a big mistake in his presser with Trump’ and ‘On Trump and Putin: “What many Americans feared in the 1790s”.http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word

I’d also add that for those who want then to see something of exactly why we should believe Trump has been, and still is, in Putin’s pocket this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show is invaluable: ‘Maddow: Time for America to face “worst case scenario” on Trump’.http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show

We have nothing on UK television that matches either O’Donnell’s or Maddow’s programmes and for anyone interested in US affairs – and with Trump and his Republican accolytes in control of the US government – we really need to be, these two programmes are invaluable. The Brexit fiasco is damaging enough to the UK, but with Trump attempting to create an authoritarian, Russian, vassal state on the other side of the Atlantic, and with May powerless, and the Tory party likely led by a Trump supporting authoritarian of our own making by the end of the year, there is every reason to be extremely fearful for the future of the UK.


  1. TonyB -

    Ivan, I listened to both – compelling journalism. There is no equivalent media discussion in the UK, but for a few exceptions and the web. It does raise further questioning of interference in UK politics; i) funding by wealthy Russians (Saudis etc) of the Tories, ii) funding of the Leave campaign and iii) the Gov.’s storytelling around the Salisbury incident(s), which seems unlikely to be open and therefore truthful. Its fascinating that the Tory Party, on the one hand take money of Russian origin from oligarchs and on the other hand May lays blame for the Salisbury incident(s) on the Russian state. It seems to me there are many “Russian actors” beyond the control of the Kremlin.

    i) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/12/tory-links-russia-saudi-links-corbyn-spy-extremism
    ii) https://news.sky.com/story/vote-leave-referred-to-police-over-breaking-electoral-law-11439218
    iii) https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/david-miller/russia-novichok-and-long-tradition-of-british-government-misinformation

  2. Peter May -

    You’re right there is nothing quite like The Rachel Maddow Show in the UK. Wow, she’s a bright cookie. If only we had someone like her to bring their intelligence to bear on Brexit….

  3. Grace Sutherland -

    I agree. Word for word, “The worst case scenario” video was by far the most compelling political analysis I’ve seen bar none. She’s quite outstanding. As you say, if only there was a Rachel Maddow in the uk. Needs to be widely disseminated and soon.

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