The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee claimed that the U.S. government “doesn’t know” what POTUS Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, late last year, but a former top official to the National Security Counsel says that’s false.
“The American government does not know what was discussed between Trump and Vladimir Putin in that frankly pathetic, embarrassing encounter where Trump was kowtowing on the world stage to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (pictured above) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Warner’s comments came after a Washington Post report claimed “that the US has no detailed records of Trump’s discussions with Putin in five locations,” CNN reported furhter. “The same report cited several officials who said they have never gotten a ‘reliable readout’ of a two-hour meeting in Helsinki last year.”
Not so, according to Fred Fleitz, a former chief of staff to current National Security Adviser John Bolton when the latter was still a member of the National Security Counsel.
False, @MarkWarner. I was @AmbJohnBolton 's chief of staff at NSC. Senior US officials know everything that was discussed in 1 on 1 @realDonaldTrump – Putin meeting in Helsinki. More @cnn #FAKENEWS ! https://t.co/8fqtjcngYx
— Fred Fleitz (@FredFleitz) January 14, 2019
“False, @MarkWarner. I was @AmbJohnBolton ‘s chief of staff at NSC. Senior US officials know everything that was discussed in 1 on 1 @realDonaldTrump – Putin meeting in Helsinki. More @cnn #FAKENEWS !”
The phony reports, however, were enough to trigger freshman “GOP” Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.
“I think it’s inappropriate for the president of our country to communicate with the president of another global power without having people there who are keeping careful records to make sure that what is said by both parties is followed up on. That’s an enormous mistake and should not be repeated,” he said.
We’re not sure what’s worse, that a guy like Romney actually believes this president, two years into his administration, would be ‘allowed’ to make an error like that or that the establishment media continues to undermine POTUS Trump’s ability to conduct foreign policy on behalf of the country with fake news designed to feed into the “Trump-Russia collusion” hoax.
Neither is helpful.
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