MSNBC: ‘Donald Trump is a Russian Operative’
Host Lawrence O’Donnell pushes Russia narrative
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell responded to New York Times report that President Donald Trump was infuriated after intelligence officials informed House members that Russia was trying to get the president re-elected.
The host went into full 'Russia collusion' mode, accusing Trump of having Putin as his "running mate."
“The president is a Russian operative," O’Donnell began.
"That sounds like the description of a bad Hollywood screenplay, but it is real," he stated.
"It is Vladimir Putin’s greatest achievement, decades after America’s victory in the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, the president of the United States is now helping the president of Russia help the president of the United States to get re-elected," he added.
"So that the president of Russia will have four more years of the president of the United States who he wants in the Oval Office, this is one of those shocking news days if you retain the capacity to be shocked in the Trump era by the Trump regime, which might be better labeled the Trump-Putin regime.”
On the subject of Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire's replacement, Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, O’Donnell continued:
“Donald Trump is operating in the White House in conjunction with Vladimir Putin to hide what Vladimir Putin is doing to help Donald Trump get re-elected."
"Donald Trump is a Russian operative — if tonight’s reporting by The Washington Post and The New York Times is true. And everything else we know about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin indicates that it is true.”
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“This is a darkly momentous event in the history of this country in the history of this world. Vladimir Putin has become Donald Trump’s running mate once again.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also denounced Trump's reported actions.
Pelosi said members should condemn any efforts to undermine the intelligence community.
Pelosi tweeted Thursday night:
"American voters should decide American elections — not Vladimir Putin. All Members of Congress should condemn the president’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy & to politicize our intel community."
Adam Schiff later tweeted:
"We count on the intelligence community to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections. If reports are true and the president is interfering with that, he is again jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling. Exactly as we warned, he would do."