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Trump places Russia blame on Democrats, denies doubts about source of meddling

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, during a meeting with state and local officials about infrastructure. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump in a series of tweets Sunday morning sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia's virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference.

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RBear says... February 19, 2018 at 5:25 a.m.

"The president has repeatedly seized on the fact that the efforts started before he became a candidate, but he has glossed over the conclusion that they evolved to support his candidacy."
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That one point shows how little this president understands the issue and how the troll factory at the IRA evolved. It's still an evolving landscape as the factory is now focused on the 2018 election. Primarily, their objective is to disrupt the political process and put rogue candidates that focus on divisive politics over consensus. The more they can keep the US in dysfunction, the better they feel their position is.
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Since the process was evolving and to avoid any appearance of "tapping the pedal," Obama and his administration was monitoring and learning how this troll factory was injecting itself in the process. The factory didn't really begin operation until 2014 and at that time I don't think anyone knew they existed. Trump's lack of understanding shows in his tweets. When evidence was presented to him, he did nothing himself. That was when the US intelligence agencies knew more and could provide more details.
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So the blame really is on Trump for no action.

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WGT says... February 19, 2018 at 6:21 a.m.

Trump really is a godsend for liberals. His voluminous ( for you republicans reading this, that’s “bigly”) lack of understanding renders him ripe for an easy replacement in the upcoming election cycle. Ted Cruz said it best, “ Democrats are going to be crawling over broken glass to vote.”
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Another reminder for the folks who give the morning detail to trump- the Miranda warning is a very good piece of advice.

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JakeTidmore says... February 19, 2018 at 7:08 a.m.

Trump's relying on fiction over fact is one reason his tweeting has been referred to as a "tweetstorm" - because it's a sh*tstorm of tweets. With Trump, instead of calling it Fact Check, it ought to be labeled Fiction Check. His grasp on reality is almost non-existent.

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TimberTopper says... February 19, 2018 at 7:28 a.m.

I think Trump understands very well what has and is going on. He knows he's guilty as hell and feels the noose tightening daily around his neck.

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BOLTAR says... February 19, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.

Agent Orange and his minions wait until facts become obvious to the rest of the world before moving slightly toward reality while touting their persistent frankness. This afternoon they will reveal that dawn is imminent, and later this year they will acknowledge Agent Orange and his associates face serious legal challenges.

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hah406 says... February 19, 2018 at 8:01 a.m.

He has literally lost it. As David Gergen pointed out (having served under five presidents), this is just like the last days of the Nixon White House with social media added in. Total chaos. An out of control POTUS dealing in anything and everything except fact, and acting with extreme paranoia because he knows what is coming. I have heard meth addicts on a five day binge make more sense and tell more truth than Trump did this weekend.

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JA40 says... February 19, 2018 at 8:27 a.m.

I am very proud to have witnessed our first and only perfect President. He has never done anything wrong, and NOTHING is his fault. I just get a warm fuzzy.

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mrcharles says... February 19, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

Notice the smirk of putin , he knows he has trump on a string and that is why, they say, they, the bad guys, knowing trump and how confused the gop gets, they wanted the less of two evils to be POITUS, and they thought MT was cuter than Bill .

We laughed when hillbilly palin and her trailer family was considered for VP-- OMG , think of trump and SP together, dumb and dumber. but now we have a celestial decoder who does not trust himself to be alone with a female, and a 17 years old who should not be trusted around a female, apparently even with his foreign born wife just giving birth... would barron be a version of an anchor baby?

I know the left and the right have differences over economic policies, social policies and foreign policies but this twisted defense of the evil empire would make the right's fore founders sick to their stomach... heck fire I expect all the right wingers here will try to get foreign exchange students from russia to cozy up to putin just so they can meet him in one of his shirtless photo shoots.

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skeptic1 says... February 19, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

Poor, poor, lemmings, all roads to Russia go through the DNC's crooked Hillary and Barack Hussein Obama. The media went all in to bolster the Trump/Russia collusion fable to put a smoke screen around the true criminals and now it's blowing back on them. At some point the lefty loons are going to have to accept the fact that Hillary lost in a fair and legal election because she was a horribly flawed candidate deserving of the nickname "Crooked Hillary." The DNC freak out is only going to get worse as the nation continues to soar in jobs, wages, and a president that actually does what he promised.

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ARMNAR says... February 19, 2018 at 9:49 a.m.

You're so cute when you're wrong, libertas.

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