Trump Presidency Quibbls Week of 6/16

Every week, Quibbl beat writer Noah Berman examines the biggest questions the nation has about President Donald Trump and his administration. After a week during which Trump held an unprecedented summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, many questions arose.

by Noah Berman

President Donald Trump met with Putin on Monday, the friendliest meeting between a sitting U.S. president and the Russian leader. Putin has met with every president since Bill Clinton, though meetings typically take place at summits that are attended by multiple nations, and Putin and the U.S. leader rarely end seeing eye-to-eye. Following the Helsinki summit, Trump declared that he was sure Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, before clarifying that he was sure only Russia could have interfered.

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Following his historic Helsinki summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump was quick to declare the meeting a success, effectively clearing Putin of any wrong doing in meddling with the 2016 U.S. election. Trump’s comments were rebuked by politicians on both sides of the aisle, including several Republicans who have steadfastly support Trump in the past, including Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan. Trump quickly pivoted to say that he believed Russia did in fact meddle in the election.

Despite reports from the intelligence community that indicated Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Trump left the Helsinki summit, where he met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, convinced otherwise. He was quick to put out that he trusted Putin’s statement that Russia did interfere, despite the findings of the U.S.’s own intelligence agencies. Trump faced backlash from Senate Republicans and Democrats alike before changing his statement.


After his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump was quick to declare Russia innocent in the ongoing case of interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The declaration was particularly damning, as it seemed to go in contrast to findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that indicated Russian interference. As a result of his initial support for Putin, some Democrats have criticized Trump, while even more has labeled his indifference toward the U.S.’s investigation as treason.

President Trump has caused an uproar among Democrats and Republicans alike this week following comments he made about Russian innocence with respect to interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called for the questioning of Trump’s interpreter, the only other American in the room when Trump met with Putin. Many senate Republicans have shown their support for Shaheen’s suggestion.

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