The US president stunned his nation by turning on his own intelligence chiefs and insisted Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 election race, which he won.
And Mr Trump was tonight branded a spineless traitor for siding with his rival and calling an FBI probe into claims Putin influenced the election “ridiculous”.
During a joint press conference in Helsinki, which was briefly delayed when a protester was removed, the president insisted: “There was no collusion at all.
“I have President Putin, he said it’s not Russia. I will say this: ‘I don’t see any reason why it would be.’”
But his willingness to accept the Russian’s word without question sparked fury back home.
Former CIA director John Brennan said: “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”
Republican senator Jeff Flake added: “I never thought I would see the day when our president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.”
Fellow Republican John McCain branded Mr Trump’s press conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president” in his lifetime. He added: “President Trump proved not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin.
Even Trump ally Orrin Hatch blasted his boss.
He said: “Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
“Our nation’s top intelligence agencies all agree on that point.
“From the president on down, we must do everything to protect our democracy by securing future elections from foreign influence, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says. I trust the good work of our intelligence and law enforcement personnel.” Democratic senator Chris Murphy added: “This trip has just been one giant middle finger from Trump to his own country.”
It’s as if there were some irrational anti-Russian animus in a Washington establishment that doesn’t like the new policy direction. Here’s Pat Buchanan again:
In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.
The war mongers are being reigned in by a nationalist President determined to act in his country’s best interests and disengage from costly foreign wars.
Cue refrain from the 1960s: “All we are saying is — give peace a chance!”
This is highly recommended. By an experienced, left-leaning, level-headed academic who studies Russia. A considered and well-informed perspective. The left are fomenting mob violence. Why is Russia the wicked witch of the US, when it has more in common with the US than say China or Saudi Arabia? Both the US and Russia are big, Christian, frontier countries.
Why does the left hate Putin, as they never hated the communist Russian leaders? Because Putin is a Christian, nationalistic, Western, traditionalist leader who overthrew his country’s internationalist, left-leaning leadership of the 1990s. It’s culture war, World War Gay as Steve Sailer famously put it (now perhaps World War T, where T is for “trans”).
To be blunt, Putin is anti-PC.