President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Helsinki late Sunday night for his long-awaited summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though this is not the first time the two world leaders have met, Monday’s summit will be the first sit down meeting between the two leaders since President Trump’s inauguration.
Coming on the heels of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s suspiciously timed round of indictments against a dozen Russian military intelligence officials, Democratic lawmakers were highly critical of President Trump and his decision to move forward as planned with Putin.
Meanwhile, President Trump had more than a few choice words for his political opponents in return. He publically berated his political opponents blaming them for their woefully transparent attempts to sabotage this meeting between the two world leaders with the indictments.
Just scant hours prior to sitting down with the Russian leader, President Trump took to Twitter to blast former President Barack Obama, blaming him for the so-called Russian interference during the 2016 election stating in no uncertain terms that it was clear Obama knew about the interference, yet chose to do nothing. President Trump also took the opportunity to blast his political opponents for allowing U.S./Russia relations to deteriorate to a point where it “has never been worse.”
In a series of tweets, President Trump stated – “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!”
President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
He added – Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
National Security Advisor John Bolton said President Trump was briefed in advance regarding the indictments of the Russian intelligence agents. In a Sunday interview just prior to leaving, President Trump cautioned that he had “low expectations” going into the summit because no matter what he accomplishes, the American mainstream media and President Trump’s political opponents will claim it was not enough.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin stated prior to the meeting they shared a similar feeling of low expectation after pushing back against President Trump’s open criticisms of a planned Russian gas pipeline to Germany at the recent NATO Summit and suggested it may be difficult to find any sort of common ground on Syria due to rising tensions over Iran.
After a brief delay reportedly caused by President Putin, President Trump and his Russian counterpart gathered for a brief press conference prior to the start of their 90-minute summit meeting, during which the two men plan to meet alone to discuss a range of issues. Among those issues discussed were trade, nuclear issues, China, US/Russia relations, and other pressing matters.
Watch the press conference, which is expected to begin around 9:30 am ET, on the feed below:
The one-on-one phase of the Helsinki summit went longer than expected as Putin and Trump were locked in private conversation for more than two hours, considerably longer than the originally allotted 90 minutes. A planned press briefing is to follow and will be the first opportunity the press and the rest of the world will learn exactly what the two leaders discussed, though as usual the American media is already declaring the meeting a “failure” and decrying President Trump’s “weakness.”
NBC News went into full panic mode – “This is remarkable. President Trump, President Putin are going to be alone in a room for 90 minutes with only their interpreters.”
Followed by The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and his reminder to his followers – “In 1987, when Reagan met with Soviet leadership, the Far Right took out ads attacking him as a “Useful Idiot” for Russian propaganda, and of betraying America by legitimizing Russian aggression and domestic repression.”
And already the talking heads on CNBC have proclaimed that “it was a weak opening by Trump.”
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 16, 2018
The two men shared a handshake, as President Trump stated to Putin:”I really think the world wants to see us get along.”
Despite the importance of the meeting between the two leaders, the media chose to focus on the inconsequential. President Trump offered a cheeky wink to Putin as the two shook hands. Liberal heads collectively exploded as they voiced their faux outrage and claims that somehow this wink PROVES collusion!
The Sun reports of the events –
“As the leaders locked eyes over the small table separating them, Trump, 72, gave the Russian president a cheeky wink.
Putin, 65, replied with a curt smile and gestures for the former reality TV star to say a few words before they retreated to a private meeting room.
Trump opened by praising Russia for hosting what he thought was one of the “best ever” World Cups.
He went on to say he wanted good relations with Russia and blamed Washington’s own “foolishness and stupidity” for the hostile ties.
He added: “I’ve been saying… that getting along with Russia is a good thing not a bad thing.
Trump said they would talk about a range of subjects, listing trade, the military, nuclear weapons and China.
But, at least in his public remarks, he mentioned none of the issues which have lately brought US-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.
These include Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine, its support for Bashar al-Assad, accusations the Kremlin poisoned a spy in England and meddled in US elections.
Instead, Trump saved his public criticism for his own country in tweets before the summit.
He wrote: “Our relationship with Russia has never been worse thanks to many years of foolishness and stupidity and now, the rigged witch hunt!”
The Russian foreign ministry “liked” his tweet while the Kremlin played down expectations of what should be expected at the meet.
Before the summit, Russia said it did not expect much from the meeting but hoped it would be a “first step” to resolving a crisis in ties.”
Yet just as the American mainstream media has done with everything else, including President Trump’s recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the media is attempting to minimize, diminish, and otherwise tarnish any attempts at peace. Naturally, one of the first questions President Trump was asked was about whether he confronted his Russian counterpart about extraditing Russian intelligence officers indicted by the DOJ.
Putin says he may be open to allowing Mueller and his investigators into Russia to question Russian nationals, but would expect Russian officials to get same treatment on other end. (via translator) https://t.co/HP8KAHYAmd pic.twitter.com/tVs05yg0Yc
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 16, 2018
Putin indicated in the press conference that he “may be open to allowing Mueller and his investigators into Russia to question Russian nationals, but would expect Russian officials to get same treatment on other end.”
Putin also went after the American press stating – “Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or I trust him?”
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 16, 2018
Zero Hedge reported point by point on the topics hit in the Press Conference –
The press conference has begun, with Putin describing the talks as “business-like.”
- *PUTIN: TALKS WITH TRUMP WERE OPEN, BUSINESS LIKE
- *LAVROV ON OUTCOME OF U.S. TALKS: BETTER THAN SUPER: IFX
- *PUTIN SAYS TALKS ON U.S.-RUSSIAN TIES WERE PRODUCTIVE
- *PUTIN: DIFFICULTY IN TIES W/ U.S. DON’T HAVE OBJECTIVE BASIS
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA, U.S. FACING DIFFERENT PROBLEMS THAN IN COLD WAR
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA, U.S. CAN ONLY FACE CHALLENGES ACTING TOGETHER
- *PUTIN: TALKS TODAY ATTEMPTED TO SET TIES BACK ON HEALTHY PATH
- *PUTIN: AS TOP NUCLEAR POWERS, WE HAVE SPECIAL ROLE IN SECURITY
- *PUTIN: WE GAVE U.S. PROPOSALS ON NUCLEAR ANTI-PROLIFERATION
- *PUTIN: RAISED ISSUE OF U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE SHIELDS WITH TRUMP
- *PUTIN: OUR SPECIAL SERVICES WORKING VERY SUCCESSFULLY
- *PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA, U.S. COOPERATED ON WORLD CUP SECURITY
- *PUTIN: WE ALSO TALKED ON REGIONAL CRISES, DIDN’T ALWAYS AGREE
- *PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA, U.S. CAN LEAD PEACE PROCESS IN SYRIA
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA, U.S. LEARNED TO COOPERATE ON GROUND IN SYRIA
- *PUTIN SAYS EXPRESSED CONCERN ON U.S. IRAN POLICY TO TRUMP
- *PUTIN SAYS DISCUSSED UKRAINE CRISIS WITH TRUMP
- *PUTIN SAYS HE ALSO DISCUSSED ECONOMIC COOPERATION WITH TRUMP
- *PUTIN SAYS TRUMP RAISED MEDDLING
- *PUTIN SAYS HE REITERATED RUSSIA DOESN’T MEDDLE IN U.S. POLITICS
- *PUTIN SAYS HE PROPOSED NEW APPROACH TO LONG-TERM BILATERAL TIES
- *PUTIN SAYS WE’RE HAPPY WITH FIRST FULL-SCALE TALKS WITH TRUMP
Trump spoke after Putin, saying the talks were “deeply productive” and congratulated Putin on hosting the World Cup, which he said was “one of the best ever.”
- *TRUMP SAYS `DEEPLY PRODUCTIVE’ TALK WITH PUTIN WENT VERY WELL
- *TRUMP SAYS DIPLOMACY BETTER THAN CONFLICT BETWEEN U.S., RUSSIA
- *TRUMP: U.S.-RUSSIA TIES NEVER WORSE, BUT THAT’S CHANGED NOW
- *TRUMP SAYS HE BROUGHT UP ELECTION MEDDLING IN PUTIN TALKS
- *TRUMP SAYS PUTIN HAS `INTERESTING IDEA’ ON ELECTION MEDDLING
- *TRUMP PRESSED PUTIN ON IRAN’S ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE
- *TRUMP: PUTIN IS A COMPETITOR, AND THAT WORD IS A COMPLIMENT
- *TRUMP: WE’LL BE COMPETING ON LNG AS A SUPPLIER TO EUROPE
The two leaders are now taking questions:
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA, U.S. CAN WORK TOGETHER ON GLOBAL ENERGY MKTS
- *TRUMP: BOTH SIDES TO BLAME ON RUSSIA-U.S. TIES DETERIORATING
- *TRUMP, ALONGSIDE PUTIN, SAYS MUELLER PROBE A `DISASTER’
- *TRUMP, ALONGSIDE PUTIN, SAYS WAS ZERO COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA
- *PUTIN: TRUMP SOUGHT BETTER RUSSIA TIES; OF COURSE WE LIKED HIM
- *PUTIN SAYS DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING AGAINST ALLEGED 12 AGENTS
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA, U.S. HAVE TREATY ON CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
- *PUTIN: MUELLER CAN SEND OFFICIAL REQUEST UNDER BILATERAL TREATY
- *PUTIN: RUSSIA WOULD LET U.S. INVESTIGATORS GO TO INTERROGATIONS
- *PUTIN: U.S. WOULD HAVE TO RECIPROCATE, CITES HERMITAGE CAPITAL
- *PUTIN SAYS HE WANTED TRUMP TO WIN 2016 ELECTION
- *TRUMP SAYS BOTH SIDES ARE BELIEVABLE ON U.S. INTEL, PUTIN SIDE
- *PUTIN SAYS HE WORKED IN INTEL, KNOWS HOW DOSSIERS ARE COMPILED
- *PUTIN: U.S. SHOULD RELY ON COURTS, NOT INTELLIGENCE FINDINGS
- *PUTIN SAYS SOROS INTERFERING EVERYWHERE
- *PUTIN: PLEASE SEND US AN OFFICIAL REQUEST ON THE 12 RUSSIANS
- *PUTIN: TRUMP HAS SAID CRIMEA WAS ANNEXED ILLEGALLY
- *PUTIN SAYS HE DIDN’T KNOW TRUMP WAS IN MOSCOW AS GUEST
- *PUTIN SAYS HUNDREDS OF U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS VISIT EVERY YEAR
- *PUTIN: RIDICULOUS TO THINK U.S. COLLECTS DIRT ON EVERYONE
- *TRUMP: IF RUSSIANS HAD COMPROMISING INTEL ON ME, IT’D BE OUT
And as a reminder, while Trump didn’t collude with Russia, another American president might have.
Colorado Christian Cake Shop Owner Exonerated By Supreme Court Just Got Really Bad News
This is outrageous!
Here we go again. I’m sure you are familiar with the Colorado Christian cake shop owner who just won a huge case in front of the Supreme Court this last June. Jack Phillips is the Christian baker who made history by prevailing in front of the High Court after he refused to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple on the basis of religious beliefs. Most of America celebrated with Phillips when he won the case and it provided a glimmer of hope for religious freedom once again here in the United States.
At the time of Phillips case, the Supreme Court admonished the state’s attorney who was standing against the baker for religious intolerance. He allegedly made a number of comments that gave the court pause on First Amendment grounds. The Supreme Court issued a powerful rebuke to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for its “religious hostility” toward Christian baker Jack Phillips. They were right to think that and it has been proven even more to be true this week as this baker just got really bad news. Phillips just filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. From what I am seeing he is being set up to be taken down in a different legalistic move… this time it involves gender issues.
Phillips and his attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom contend that the Commission has revived its campaign against him following June’s High Court decision, singling Masterpiece Cakeshop out for disparate treatment on the basis of their religious beliefs. It’s like deja vu all over again.
“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said Kristen Waggoner, who is an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney that represents Phillips. “Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him — something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do.”
The person allegedly behind all of this is an attorney named Autumn Scardina. She reportedly called Phillips’ shop the day the decision in his favor was rendered and asked him to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. The caller asked that the cake be blue on the outside and pink on the inside. Over several months after that, Phillips received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, s******y explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. He’s convinced that Scardina was the one who made all of the requests to set him up for legal action.
From PJ Media:
“To forestall a second round of litigation, ADF filed suit against the commission in federal court. Jeremy Tedesco, ADF’s senior counsel and vice president of U.S. Advocacy and Administration, told PJ Media his firm would “preemptively file a lawsuit in federal court to try to stop what the commission is doing.”
“‘We think the circumstances are uniquely aligned to do that,” Tedesco explained.
“Especially since the Supreme Court ruled that the commission had treated Phillips unfairly on the basis of his religion, thus violating his right to free exercise, this follow-up round seems particularly noxious. “It seems like another round of targeting him and putting him through this very difficult process simply because he wants to be faithful in his business in what he creates through his art,” Tedesco said.
“The commission could have decided not to pursue this second case against Phillips. The ADF lawyer explained that, when a Colorado citizen thinks he or she has been discriminated against, they file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division, which then conducts an investigation and determines probable cause.
“When Autumn Scardina filed this complaint, Tedesco would have expected the civil rights commission to reject it. “After Masterpiece came down from the Supreme Court, we expected Colorado to take that into account and realize that it was a bad decision to keep targeting Jack for his religious convictions,” the lawyer explained. “Instead, they found probable cause.”
“‘He’s going to be fully investigated again, there will be hearings from an administrative law judge,” Tedesco said. “It’s restarting the entire scenario.”
“‘It’s appalling,” the lawyer declared. “It’s unconscionable that they would go after him again right on the heels of losing a case because they were openly hostile to his religious beliefs.'”
Scardina has now filed a complaint with the civil rights commission. She is alleging discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The complaint was held aside while the Supreme Court ruled in Phillips’ other case. Just three weeks after Phillips won his case, the commission issued a probable cause determination, finding there was sufficient evidence to support Scardina’s claim of discrimination. This sure looks as though it was all planned out this way. “Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him, in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s ruling in his favor,” Phillips’ lawsuit states. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips.”
The freedom of religion is sacrosanct in this nation as a First Amendment right. Weaponizing lawfare to take it apart is not only unconstitutional but unconscionable. I sincerely hope that Phillips prevails once more and that a more solid ruling by the Supreme Court puts an end to this form of religious bigotry.
Judge Who Let Compound Muslims Walk Free Before Trial Exposed For What Else She Did
She supported Obama of course!
The New Mexico judge who on Monday set a ridiculous $20,000 bail for five defendants arrested at a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say children were being trained to conduct school shootings seems to have a history of issuing low bail to violent offenders, especially when it comes to crimes against children.
Judge Sarah Backus (let’s remember the name), who is an elected Democrat is the judge who ordered the two men and three women to wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys and not consume alcohol or own firearms while on bail, after paying the 20k. And what’s possibly the worst part of all this is she actually said that although she was concerned by the “troubling facts” in this case, prosecutors failed to make the case for any specific threats to the community. What????
Here is more on this case via NBC News:
“A 3-year-old boy died — allegedly during a religious ritual. Children said they were being trained to commit mass shootings. A large weapons cache was found, with practice targets.
On Monday, prosecutors detailed horrifying allegations against five adults who were found with 11 starving children in a makeshift compound in Taos County, New Mexico — but the judge said they weren’t backed by enough evidence to keep the defendants behind bars as they await their trial.
“The state alleges that there was a big plan afoot,” state District Judge Sarah Backus said in court. “But the state hasn’t shown to my satisfaction, in clear and convincing evidence, what that plan was.”
The decision stunned many, and prompted threats against Backus. But experts say the move is the result of a series of recent changes to how the state treats defendants before their trials, with “clear and convincing evidence” of being a danger to the community a legal requirement for pre-trial detention with no bail.
“These people have been charged. They have not been convicted,” said Leo Romero, a law professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico and the chairman of a committee that made recommendations on reforming cash bail in the state, which were adopted by the state Supreme Court in 2017.
“So you’re balancing individual rights versus safety of the community, and the judge is weighing that when she is determining the evidence presented by the prosecutor,” he said.
New Mexico is part of a wave of a states that, in recent years, have re-examined how they handle bail and pretrial detention.
In 2014, the state Supreme Court, in New Mexico vs. Walter Ernest Brown, deemed that even if someone is charged with a serious offense, a judge has to make an individual determination on whether to detain the defendant before trial.
“Just because someone is charged with first-degree m****r or first-degree sexual assault, that by itself is insufficient,” Romero said. “The court’s got to consider other evidence of whether the person might be a danger or a flight risk, such as the nature and circumstances, which is different than the charge itself.”
Authorities have “no excuse,” said Jason Badger, who reported seeing missing boy months ago.
And in 2016, an overwhelming number of voters agreed to a constitutional amendment that moved the state away from the traditional money-based bail system to an evidence-of-risk-based system of release and detention, in an effort to bring more fairness. The new system took effect last year.
Backus would not comment on the case because it is still pending. Barry Massey, a spokesman for the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, said that “what she said in court yesterday is as much explanation for her decisions as she can provide.”
“Prosecutors have to file a motion, and then they have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that no other conditions of release will reasonably protect the public’s safety,” he said. “What the judge said yesterday is that they didn’t meet that burden.”
While Backus agreed to release the defendants from jail to house arrest, she required them to wear GPS ankle monitors and to check in weekly with their attorneys, plus cooperate with the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Division.
The decision not to hold the defendants spurred a backlash on social media, with some calling for Backus to resign. The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts said the judge had also received threatening phone calls and emails.
State Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, a former law enforcement officer, said he felt Backus had not been tough enough.
“There’s the remains of a young child found here,” he said. “Someone should be charged with some kind of homicide or m****r. Whoever did that clearly is a violent person, and so they should be detained.”
Bail was set at $20,000 for each defendant, but Backus said she would allow the defendants to walk out on what’s called a signature bond — in which case they don’t have to post any cash.
The case has yet another twist: While the five were released to house arrest, because they were living on a makeshift compound on someone else’s property, they don’t technically have a house to go to.
Massey said that had been solved by offers from residents in Taos County to let them stay with them.
Marie Legrand Miller, a public defender for one of the defendants, Hujrah Wahhaj, confirmed her client had received such offers, but would not say from whom, other than to say the residents didn’t have any criminal problems and were in good standing.
“My client would like to obviously get out of jail and she has no desire to go back to the compound property,” Legrand Miller said. “The judge has ordered that they not return there, and she has no desire to return there.”
Fox News has reported that this isn’t the first time judge Backus has pulled a stunt like this. Just last month, she set a $10,000 bond for 24-year-old Rafael Orozco from Taos who was accused of beating his girlfriend, his newborn child and even a healthcare worker at Holy Cross Hospital in September 2016. He then prompted a lockdown at Holy Cross Hospital after allegedly attacking those 3 individuals.
Police later confirmed that Orozco prompted the lockdown at the hospital after punching his girlfriend as she breastfed their newborn in front of a male doctor, grabbing the mother by the throat and slapping the baby. Orozco then fled the hospital and was arrested in Rio Arriba County a few months later.
During his time in prison, Orozco was accused of other crimes, including obtaining Suboxone, an opioid medication, and pulling a fire alarm. A year later, he and his brother, Cristian Orozco, were charged with assaulting and threatening a guard. In September, Backus approved an order to incarcerate Orozco at the Lea County Correctional Facility until his trial.
Orozco’s defense attorney recently filed a motion arguing for his release and last month, Backus ruled in his favor.
Of course, with a little research, we here at RWN found that Judge Backus apparently gave money to Barack Obama for his 2008 campaign for president.
It’s Over: Ellison Learns His Fate Right After 911 Call Comes Out From 2nd ‘Abused’ Woman
WATCH: Woman Arrested At The NM Muslim Compound Was Discovered On CNN!
Funny how CNN forgot to mention this.
Rock Star Sees Trump Supporter In Crowd, Jumps Off Stage And Makes Him Pay Vile Price [Video]
This has to be the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome to date!
It’s Over For Omarosa After Her Past Skeletons Just Totally Destroyed Her Case Against Trump
Omarosa is toast!
Immigrant Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Had Enough Of ‘View’ Hosts And Dismantles Them LIVE [Video]
This is the way you handle The View!