Is Trump A Russian Asset, A Stupid Idiot, Or ALL OF THEM, KATIE? Spies And Former Spies Say You Betcha!
Did all that shit with the G7 really happen this week? Seems like forever ago, but this is the Trump era, where every single minute is a long, slow walk through hell, so we guess it was really just earlier this week.
One of the most embarrassing, yet predictable features of this year's G7 was Donald Trump's slobbering insistence on being his real dad Vladimir Putin's man in the room, even though Putin was kicked out of the group several years back, for his illegal invasion and annexation of the Crimean peninsula. But oh no, Donald Trump said, as he has said before! Putin was kicked out because he HUMILIATED BARACK OBAMA, and so the entire G7 kicked Putin out because OBAMA'S FEELINGS GOT HURTED! That's right, yet again Trump took the side of America's greatest foreign adversary, and against the former president of the United States. Anyway, Putin should be invited back in, because Trump is lonely in a room full of world leaders who believe in democracy and have self esteem.
Over at Business Insider, reporter Sonam Sheth got on the talking telephone machine and dialed up some current and former spies and Justice Department officials, to see what they thought of President Russian Asset's little performance. None of them had good things to say, but their replies were mixed. Is he a literal actual Russian asset? Or is he just the stupidest, most impulsive, most wholly unqualified person to ever have access to the nuclear codes? Or is it BOTH?
Anonymous current "FBI agent who works in counterintelligence" says yup, Trump's a dumbfuck:
"It's hard to see the bar anymore since it's been pushed so far down the last few years, but President Trump's behavior over the weekend was a new low."
Same FBI agent says WTF, WHO IS THIS MAN WORKING FOR?
"What in God's name made Trump think it would be a good idea to ask to bring Russia back to the table?" the FBI agent told Insider. "How does this serve US national-security interests?"
Anonymous former DoJ official who used to work with Robert Mueller at the FBI says it's a bird (murdered by windmills obviously), it's a plane (a literally invisible F35 plane to be specific), it's a fucking Russian asset, you idiots:
"We have a Russian asset sitting in the Oval Office."
"There is no fathomable explanation for why the president said these things," the former official said. "Letting Russia off the hook for bullying smaller countries and then blaming Obama for it? It's directly out of the Putin playbook."
NOT anonymous former CIA guy says Russian SPY. And he has a lot to say about it!
Glenn Carle, a former CIA covert operative and frequent Trump critic, told Insider there's been "no question" in his mind for years that the president is behaving like "a spy for the Russians."
"The evidence is so overwhelming that in my 35 years in intelligence, I have never seen anything so certain," Carle said, adding that he's spoken with several intelligence veterans about the matter in the four years since Trump first launched his presidential campaign, many of whom believe Trump's actions are a threat to national security.
"Intelligence assets become convinced to be spies for multiple reasons," Carle, who specialized in getting foreign spies to become turncoats when he was at the CIA, said in an earlier interview with Insider. "It might start with kompromat or financial hooks, and the asset may be convinced he is acting as a patriot until he becomes accustomed to his role."
"Trump clearly responds favorably to praise," he said. "And over the years, the handling officer — Putin, in this case — realizes what the asset wants, and that's what they provide. Trump wants to be told he's the greatest, so that's what you tell him, over and over again, until he comes to believe that is the motivation for his actions."
Also not anonymous former FBI guy says it's both, you idiots:
Frank Montoya Jr., a recently retired FBI special agent, told Insider "it's hard not to think the Russians have an asset in the White House." But he added that Trump's erratic behavior and his freewheeling and often false statements imply he's "not playing with a full deck on any matter of state these days."
"Still, those same delusions are what give me pause when conclusions are reached about the likelihood he is a Russian asset," Montoya said. "Useful idiot is more like it."
Former CIA/NSA lawyer Robert Deitz says whoa, hold your horses everybody, it's just because Trump is a greedy piece of shit who wants Putin to let him do business in Russia (we may have Wonkette-d his words there a li'l bit), but it really doesn't matter, because it's fucked any way you slice it.
"When Trump goes to bed each night, what do you think his last thoughts are: the welfare of the United States, or the size of his bank account?" Deitz added.
There is no real conflict in any of these statements. It's entirely possible -- and likely -- that Trump is an unwitting Russian asset precisely because he is so stupid and vain and shallow and GREEDY and easily led and susceptible to flattery, qualities that, when put together, mean he is a spy's fuckin' wet dream. Like for instance, a spy who came from the KGB and who now runs Russia.
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