Morning Joe Wonders 'What Vladimir Putin Has On Trump'

NewsBusters | 1/30/2019 | Staff
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The Wednesday edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe kicked off with a conspiratorial and unsophisticated look at President Trump's policies towards Russia. After the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies contradicted Trump on multiple fronts on Tuesday in front of a Senate committee, Morning Joe was not content to criticize Trump, but said on multiple occasions that such a disconnect between the President and the intelligence community was evidence that Vladimir Putin had something on Trump.

The panel ignored recent developments in Venezuela, Trump's two strikes of Syrian targets after Assad used chemical weapons, canceling of the Iranian nuclear deal, and selling anti-tank missiles to Ukraine as examples where Trump has taken a stance very much contrary to that of Putin.

Evidence - Notwithstanding - Panel - Trump - Policy

Still, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, the panel said that Trump's foreign policy was "far closer with Vladimir Putin's" than it is with his own intel chiefs. They cited a story from the Financial Times that Trump and Putin had a longer and more in-depth one-on-one conversation and without a note taker at the G-20 in Argentina than was initially reported. The panel was outraged and flabbergasted that Trump would meet Putin with a note taker or his national security team.

Axios co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei breathlessly proclaimed, "I can't remember a single time in history one of our leaders has met with an adversary multiple times where there's nobody on the American side taking any notes or to tell people in the government what actually transpired."

VandeHei - Research - Addition - Obama - Moment

Apparently VandeHei did not do very thorough research, in addition to missing Obama's infamous 2012 hot mic moment telling Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility on missile defense after the election, it is not true that U.S. leaders have never met with adversaries where note takers have not been present. In 1985 in Geneva,...
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