Trump’s Defense Secretary seemed to undermine the narrative that Putin was a poor victim of mean Democrats when he said there was little doubt they had interfered with elections.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday at NATO headquarters he has “little doubt” Moscow has tried interfering in democratic elections, while also rebuffing calls for renewed military cooperation with Russia.
“Russia is going to have to prove itself first,” Mattis told reporters, adding it is premature to talk about cooperating militarily with Moscow.
Amid rising evidence that Russia has begun interfering in several upcoming European elections using a strategy of leaked emails and ‘fake’ news, Mattis gave a blunt response when asked if he thinks Russia did the same thing in the U.S. election.
“There is very little doubt they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in elections of democracies,” Mattis said in Brussels.
— Morning Express (@MorningExp) February 16, 2017
Ironically, Trump was ripping apart that narrative in the crazy press conference today, and on his Twitter account:
The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
This is very odd when coupled with the revelation from Sean Spicer that they’ll be demanding Russia return the Crimea back to Ukraine. It’s almost as if Trump will persist in his fantasies, but doesn’t care that his cabinet forges ahead in contradiction to his statements. And that’s.. a good thing. I think.
Moscow-owned media propaganda “Russian Today” loved his comments today:
— RT America (@RT_America) February 16, 2017
What a weird world we inhabit.