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Well today the president of the United States switched, from. Insulting. His, Director of National Intelligence yesterday. By, name and, the, thousands, of intelligence personnel, in Washington, and around the world who supply the president, with the very best intelligence, that they can provide the president went from insulting, all of them, yesterday. To. Insulting, his voters, today, the. President told one of those Trump lies that no, one else in, the history of public. Life in America, would ever attempt, to tell Donald. Trump and everyone, in the Trump White House know, that most Americans, know that Donald Trump is an uncontrollable, liar the president knew he had no hope of convincing most, voters today that. He didn't mean to say what he said yesterday the, president knows that most voters most Americans, most, children. Are way. Too smart, to, fall for the lie that Donald, Trump told today, but. Donald Trump must. Not see, his voters, that way. Former. CIA director John Brennan yesterday, said that President Trump's comments yesterday were imbecilic and, today Donald Trump took, imbecilic, to, a whole new level Donald Trump gave, his voters an intelligence, test that, he seems to be very confident, they will not, pass can not pass, he. Said that he forgot to say one. Word, yesterday, that, would completely, reverse the meaning of one. Sentence, that he said yesterday the. Line that Donald Trump changed today came in the middle of his response. To this, question, which definitely, was. Not an actual, answer to. The question. Would. You now with, the whole world watching it's helped President Putin would, you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again so. Let me just say that we have two, thoughts you, have groups that are wondering why the FBI. Never took the server, why haven't they taken the server as, the. Whole world knows Donald, Trump did not have, the courage or the integrity, to denounce, what, happened in 2016, yesterday, and he did not have the courage to warn Vladimir, Putin standing, right beside him to never do again instead. Donald Trump rambled through a response, in, which, he. Ended up, saying. This. All. I can do is ask the question my, people. Came to me dan coates came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia I have. President, putin he. Just said it's not Russia I will, say this I don't see any reason why it would be but, I really, do want to see the, server, but. I have I, have, confidence. In both parties, the.
President Very clearly just, said I don't see any reason why it would be. It. Would be Russia what he meant was it would be Russia that mounted, a cyber war on the, American election in 2016 and today, the president tried to repair all of the, damage that he did yesterday by simply inserting one, word. In that sentence. I, got. A transcript. I reviewed it I actually went, out. And. I, realized. That there is a need for some, clarification. It. Should have been obvious I thought it would be obvious, but I would like to clarify just. In case it wasn't in, a key sentence, in my remarks I said. The word would instead, of wouldn't. The. Sentence should have been I don't see any reason, why I wouldn't. Or, why it wouldn't, be Russian, so. Just. To repeat it I said the word would instead of would and. The. Senate should have been and, I, thought I would be maybe a little bit unclear. On the, transcript. Or unclear on the actual, video the. Sentence should have been I don't see any reason, why it wouldn't be Russia. Did. The self-described. Stable. Genius come. Up with that all by himself. Obviously. Not that's why he had to read a written, statement we, know Donald Trump doesn't write anything and Donald, Trump is not reluctant, to share his idea that his, ideas that's why he tweets around the clock and this was an easily. Tweetable, fix. 24. Hours ago, 24. Hours ago now Trump was at home in the, White House watching. Television and seeing the massive, onslaught, of criticism he, was getting including, from Republicans, for saying what he said yesterday and the, line that he decided to change today was, quoted many times last night so obviously, yesterday, and last night Donald Trump didn't think there was anything, wrong with saying. That. He couldn't see any reason, at all why Russia. Would, attack our election, in order to help Donald Trump but. It took a full 24, hours for Donald Trump to try and, insert, that one new word into, that sentence and whose idea was that. NBC. News national correspondent Peter, Alexander is reporting, tonight that, a source familiar with the conversation, confirms, to NBC News that vice president Mike Pence and Secretary, of State Michael, Pompeo had, a private conversation with President Trump to urge him to make clarifications. On his comments from the news conference with firemen Putin in Helsinki, and so the two mics came. Up with the one-word, solution. Just, changed that one word and everything's gonna be okay Donald. Trump will, not survive, the Muller investigation, or an impeachment investigation. If his lawyers are not. Much much better than the two mics, there. Were many. Problems in what, the president had to say yesterday, but the one the, one that the two mics were trying to solve was. The spot where the president seems to equate, the, integrity, and judgment of Dan coats his Director of National Intelligence with, the integrity and judgments of his, new friend Vladimir Putin the. President said my people came to me dan coats came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia I have, President, Putin he, just said it's not Russia I will, say this I don't, see any reason, why it would, be. That. Is what the president, said yesterday, and, changing. That one word changes, only the meaning of that one sentence, it doesn't, change the meaning of any. Other sentence, that the president said yesterday it doesn't change the part where he equates, dan. Coates and Vladimir. Putin let's. Listen to that one more time. All. I can do is ask the question my, people. Came to me dan coates came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia. I have. President. Putin he. Just said it's not Russia I will, say this I don't see any reason why it would be but, I really, do want to see the, server, but.
I Have I, have, confidence. In both parties. But. I have, I, have. Confidence, in both parties, that sentence. Came after. After. The sentence that the two mics tried. To change the. Two mics did not change that sentence, I have confidence in both, parties. To. Make the two mic story work they, would have had to change that sentence, too they would have to change that sentence, to I do not, have. Confidence, in both parties that have put another knot in there I do not have confidence in both parties and then, they. Would have had to invent a sentence, that Donald Trump never said which is I have confidence, in Dan Coates who told, me the truth about what Russia did and I have no confidence in president, Putin's denial, the. One word fix fixed, nothing the. Two mics failed but they obviously engaged, in a mighty struggle with Donald Trump because it took him 24, hours to go along with their plan but then even. After executing, their plan Donald Trump ruined their plan by, taking his eyes off the. Words they had written for him and. Adding. A few words of his own. Let. Me be totally, clear in saying that and I've. Said this many times I accept. Our intelligence. Community's. Conclusion. That. Russia's, meddling, in. The. 2016. To, the play could. Be other, people also a, lot. Of people out there I, accept. Their conclusion, but I don't could. Be other people also as soon, as he takes his eyes off the, words that the two mics had, written for him Donald Trump destroys, what the two mics sent, him out there and do he, says it could be anyone, who did it anyone. What. Does Dan Coates know he's just the Director of National Intelligence, well. Trump doesn't have confidence in him it could be anyone no. Confidence, in the FBI no conference, in the CIA no conference in the NSA no conference in anyone involved in the American investigation. Of what happened in 2016, and certainly absolutely no, conference in Robert. Muller's indictment. On Friday giving. The names, the. Names of, the, 12 Russian, military officers, who were launching, the cyber missiles, into our presidential, campaign, to, hurt the Clinton campaign and help, the Trump campaign no one believes what, Donald Trump said today no one not know not. One member of Congress believes. If not one elected, Republican, in Washington, believes what Donald Trump said today today's comments, were aimed at Trump voters and no, one else because, Donald Trump knows no one else will believe a word of what he said today and so the question for the remaining, Trump, voters tonight, is. Just, how many insults, can. They take. From. Donald Trump the. Question for Trump voters tonight is is Donald. Trump right above them. Will. They believe anything. That he says anything. Will. Trump voters believe Donald, Trump's ridiculous, lie today which, Donald Trump himself. Contradicted. In things, he said yesterday and again in things he said today after, he told the lie, only. An imbecilic, audience. Can. Fall for an imbecilic performance. Donald. Trump proved once again today that he firmly, believes, that, the voters, who. He once affectionately, called the poorly educated will, believe anything he wants them to believe and, will accept any insult. To their intelligence as long, as that insult, to their intelligence comes, from, Donald Trump as it. Did today. Leading. Off our discussion now Ned price I'm a senior director and, spokesperson, for the National Security Council in the Obama administration results, of a former CIA analyst, Jill, wine bags former, assistant Watergate special prosecutors, here and Tim O'Brien executive, editor of Bloomberg view and the author of Trump. Nation the art of being the Donald they are all, MSNBC. Contributors. And yet, I want to go to you on on what Donald Trump did again today he. Once again today. Publicly. Said he does not believe, the. American, intelligence community does, not believe Dan coats it could be anyone, who. Did this and he, said that in. A mission he was obviously, primed. For by. Others in the White House apparently Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence he said that in. The middle of that mission where he was supposed to go out there and express confidence in the intelligence community, well. That's right wrote Lawrence if you think our heads are spinning trying to disentangle, trying. To fathom how, the White, House could think we are so in basilic, to use your words just imagine.
How This is playing out at Langley how this is playing within our national, security workforce. You know as I was digesting, all of this yesterday and reflecting. Upon what has to be one of the most shameful, days of the Trump presidency I heard, from a former colleague, from. Who's still currently, at CIA and this person started his message with what, in the hell are we doing what, in the hell are we doing and he wasn't talking at a policy, level he wasn't talking about bilateral, relations, between Moscow. And Washington it was an existential, question an existential, question that, has to be on the mind of all, of those or at least many of those who have dedicated their, careers with, little, pay and even less recognition. Risking. In some cases life, and limb to protect their country for a commander-in-chief, a first, customer, who is willing to trash, them on the world stage and to trash them in front of their, nemesis. No less and you know we talk a lot about workforce. Morale and the federal government and the implications, therein you know there may be less productivity, of worker or unhappy if they don't get, their annual pay increase but there are real implications. When it comes to our national security workforce, and especially our intelligence, community, and what. Scares me about all of this Lawrence is that sometimes, we don't see those implications, until it's far far too late, Joanne, banks we saw again, today a demonstration, of why Donald Trump's lawyers don't want him to go anywhere near a grand jury or anywhere near an interview, with, Robert Muller, here, he is trying to correct a statement that he made yesterday and trying to do it in the most unbelievable. Possible. Way by. Trying to insert this one word and then, in, that, process of, trying to fix it he says the thing again that he wasn't supposed to say. It. Is a big mistake on his part but. Even, the idea of correcting. One word is, absurd. Because, it isn't just the one sentence, or the one word that was upsetting to the American people yesterday it, was the whole context. It was his standing side by side with, President. Putin and ignoring. First, of all he said that Coates, said he, thinks it's Russia Coates did not say he thinks it's Russia he said it is Russia, all of the intelligence, agencies have said that a detailed. Indictment. Was issued, and it's being prosecuted now, by the National, Security Division of the Department of, Justice, that names twelve, GRU. Russian. Military, intelligence, officers. As defendants. And it, lays out very clearly. The acts that were done by, the Russians, under, the leadership of, Putin. And when, Donald Trump stands, there and says well, there is nothing I could do except ask the question, that, is not true he is the President of the United States he. Could say I will not meet with you I will not negotiate with you I will not cooperate with you unless, and until you, extradite. These twelve men to, stand trial, in America, and even, Putin, said it's up to our justice, system to, resolve these, things if that's truth and he should be grateful, for the opportunity to. Send these people to America, to stand trial and for people to see exactly, what Putin and the GRU. To, interfere, with our election, and we need to protect our election, we need to take action, to stop this from happening four, months from now so.
Tim, O'Brien Mike Pence is one of the co-authors, of the new version of the Trump statement so I think, it could be interesting to listen. To what Mike Pence said yesterday, about. Donald, Trump and this is after, Donald. Trump had completed. The press conference, Mike, Pence seemed to think yesterday, that every word Donald Trump said was great let's listen to this. And. Earlier. Today President. Trump completed. What, he described, as a direct, open, and deeply, productive, dialogue with. President Putin in Helsinki. What the world saw what the American, people saw is, it President Donald, Trump, will always, put the prosperity, and security of. America. First. So. That's the guy yesterday. He saw nothing wrong with what Donald Trump said yesterday well. And then obviously walked, into the same world when the Trump did after all this at the news which, is that everyone. Watching. That show, globally. Saw. Trump behaving, exactly the same way he's been behaving over the last year he has repeatedly, been a pop an apologist, for Vladimir, Putin he is repeatedly. Tried to absolve the Russians from any involvement in, this and and, and nothing was really new about that conference got for two things he was standing next to Putin and it, was and it was televised. And I think they all realized, when they came back home that they had to somehow try to roll this back but, you can't roll Donald, Trump back as you saw he even even, scripted. He could not stay on script because we know already there's, a voluminous, record, about, how he thinks about this and he, is not going to going to acknowledge that Russia played a role sabotaging. The 2016, election, because, it cuts to the core of a couple of things he's deeply concerned about one, of which is the Muller investigation, jeanne. Shaheen and other Democratic, senators are now calling. On, how the, interpreter, the us interpret who was involved to. Participate in the hearing jeanne, Shaheen said I'm calling for a hearing with the u.s. interpreter, who was present during president, Trump's meeting with Putin to, uncover what they discussed privately this in sure can help determine what POTUS shared promise Putin on our, behalf and a net, price that is unprecedented. But the meeting was unprecedented and, we've already seen, that, Donald Trump can't. Keep his story straight from one day to the next in, terms of dealing with Vladimir. Putin and these. Translators, do often. Take notes because, the state, as we saw yesterday for example with Larry Putin he can speak at length and for, a translator, to translate. It. All they have to write down certain notes about what if I were Putin said what. Do you make of this democratic, demand. And the Senate to hear from the translator, well, you're right Lawrence that this would be unprecedented, but all. Of this is unprecedented I think we have to throw, this quaint notion, of precedent, out the window when, it comes to the motion, that senator Shaheen put forward look the fact of the matter is that this translator.
If I'm not mistaken is a State Department employee. At the very least is a US, government employee and, this translator. Not only, has information that could well be relevant, to. Ongoing, congressional. Inquiries but is certainly, relevant, to our national, security is certainly, relevant and. Is in, fact what was agreed to behind, closed doors between. Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump and just today the Russians, as, we expected, all along have started to roll out statements about, oh yes this agreement, that the two presidents reached well we didn't hear about any of these agreements the two presidents, reached only. One other person, on our side did and it's this translator, it's incumbent, upon, the. US, Congress, to perform, this oversight, role because. The White House is not interested in being candid with the American people Congress. Must Congress, must get to the bottom of what, exactly was, agreed to for. Our own national, security sake. Jill will Robert Muller subpoena, the translator. To testify, to a grand jury I'm. Not sure that there's anything. Directly. Relevant to the Muller probe, in this except. If he, did actually talk, about anything. To do with the, interference. In the election, and although, he says that he raised the question. He doesn't say that they had any lengthy, discussion, about it with, all the things facing, Muller I would, say that the translator, is not going to be high on his list, nor, do I think actually, subpoenaing. Donald, Trump should be high on the list because we've. Seen time, and time again that. His answers, do not have any relationship, to the truth or the facts and so, why bother asking him, any questions, that you will not get truthful answers, to we, need to have more. Interviews. Of, people who don't, have a. Preconceived. Notion, of what they're going to say regardless. Of what the facts are and, there's. A lot that still needs to be done I hope, that Muller can be left alone and that we can stop attacking, him this was another attack, on the Department, of Justice he, Donald. Trump ignored. The. Indictment. Which is so, detailed, that it's hard for anyone to read that and not see, that, President Putin was, in charge of. Interfering. In our election, that is a big threat to our democracy and. It's something that it should have been the number one thing, on Donald, Trump's agenda, in protecting. America, he took an oath to protect our, laws and to see, that the rule of law took, place and he, is absolutely not, doing, that and that concerns, me the most of all thank.
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