Anna Sheffer
July 16, 2018 1:36 pm

By now, the idea that Russian hackers interfered in the 2016 presidential election is a truth that’s (almost) universally acknowledged. The CIA, FBI, and even former President George W. Bush have all agreed that Russia at least attempted to influence the election. So when President Donald Trump dismissed claims of Russian meddling at a summit in Helsinki, Finland on July 16th, figures on both sides of the political aisle were quick to call the remarks “treasonous.”

BBC News reported that after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a private, two-hour meeting, Trump maintained that Russia was innocent of interference in the U.S. presidential elections. In a news conference, when asked if he believed the U.S. intelligence agencies or Putin, Trump sided with the Russian leader.

CBS News noted that Trump appeared to be most critical of the U.S. itself, saying that the country “has been foolish.”

The president’s comments sparked outrage.

Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted that Trump’s remarks were “nothing short of treasonous.”

Many Republicans spoke out against the president, too.

Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto called his words “disgusting.”

And many others agree.

According to Bloomberg, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers prior to the Trump-Putin summit for attempting to meddle in the 2016 election. So far, 32 people have been indicted in the investigation, so all evidence suggests that the Russian plot to interfere in the election and U.S. politics is very real.

The fact that Trump continues to take Putin’s word over actual U.S. intelligence demonstrates an utter disregard for the facts as well as for our nation in general. Russian interference in free elections could have huge consequences for our democracy, and we need our government to acknowledge this — at the bare minimum.

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