Ask yourself how a Russian agent would act, and then look at Donald Trump’s actual behavior. I mean, when it comes to Putin, Trump is basically Blofeld’s cat.
President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.
The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.
No wonder the FBI launched an investigation to determine if Trump was acting against U.S. interests on behalf of Russia. Every move he makes screams treason.
As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.
This can’t be legal, right? This is our government. Shouldn’t we know what our putative leader is saying when he talks to a hostile foreign power — one that has very recently attacked us?
If this kind of thing is going to keep happening, shouldn’t we all get our own tower in Moscow?