El Presidente Trump is not happy with a report from the Washington Post today that said he is going to extraordinary lengths to keep the details of his meetings with Putin private from his own intelligence officials.
Here’s what he said to Jeannine:
Trump on WaPo report and meeting with Putin to Pirro: "I meet with Putin, and they make a big deal. Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is open for grabs." pic.twitter.com/fmcudado31— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) January 13, 2019
Here’s Axios on the WaPo report:
President Trump has repeatedly sought to conceal the details of his face-to-face conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from senior officials in his own administration, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reports.
Details: After meeting with Putin in Germany in 2017, Trump reportedly took notes from his own interpreter and instructed them not to discuss the contents of the conversation with other administration officials. This is just one example of what Miller reports is “a broader pattern” of Trump shielding his communications with Putin from the public as well as senior government officials — a pattern that has resulted in there being “no detailed record” of his face-to-face meetings with the Russian leader at “five locations over the past two years.”
The big picture: Trump’s two hour closed-door meeting with Putin in Helsinki over the summer has drawn scrutiny from Democrats in Congress, after Trump appeared to side with Putin over the findings of the U.S. intelligence community about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
And here’s the entire interview:
This of course comes on the heels of the report from the New York Times yesterday that the White House also bashed. I think these reports are somewhat damaging, but really, there needs to be real clear evidence, not just insinuations, for this to create real problems for Trump. So far, that just hasn’t been manifested yet.