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    The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    I have to say I am stunned!

    When asked and then further pressed at the end of his national press conference, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to answer the direct question as to whether or not he or anyone directly connected to him or if anyone from his campaign had any association with Russian intelligence. Trump went on a long rant (once again) about how Russia, China, Japan, Mexico and all other nations would respect America once he became President, but on the question of Russian intelligence associations itself, he outright refused to answer the question even when further pressed after his press conference but before leaving the conference area.

    No "no comment", no "I don't know, but I'll look into it"...nothing. He just walked off the stage and refused to answer.

    To me, that rebuff/non-answer is more disturbing than the contents of any domestic intelligence report whether compiled by our federal intelligence agencies or some private investigative/consulting firm.
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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Even though I didn't see the meeting, if I were Trump I'd give a fishy answer too just because I'd know that the MSM would not stop talking about such an answer. Trump plays the MSM like a fiddle.

    Remember when he had his "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT" about the birth certificate nonsense? It involved nearly 2 hours of veterans giving him an endorsement and then Trump was on the podium for less than 5 minutes. Many 24 hr networks aired the entire scene and Trump pretty much got a 2 hour commercial. It was brilliant.

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I have to say I am stunned!

    When asked and then further pressed at the end of his national press conference, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to answer the direct question as to whether or not he or anyone directly connected to him or if anyone from his campaign had any association with Russian intelligence. Trump went on a long rant (once again) about how Russia, China, Japan, Mexico and all other nations would respect America once he became President, but on the question of Russian intelligence associations itself, he outright refused to answer the question even when further pressed after his press conference but before leaving the conference area.

    No "no comment", no "I don't know, but I'll look into it"...nothing. He just walked off the stage and refused to answer.

    To me, that rebuff/non-answer is more disturbing than the contents of any domestic intelligence report whether compiled by our federal intelligence agencies or some private investigative/consulting firm.
    I agree. He said nothing different than he has been saying, bragged about his inauguration, had a lawyer speak about his and his families business dealings, but no one could ask questions of which there are many. It was a joke

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    This is becoming SOP for Trump and his rightwing lackeys. Evade questions or offer nothing of substance, and then complain how the "biased MSM" got it wrong again. It's not a genius approach unless you only have to placate the fools who support you.

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    As legitimate, principled news sources are intent to remind us, the report linking Trump to Russia as well as accusations that Russia has potentially coercive material is "unverified" and even "unverifiable." That said, something about this issue seems different to me. I could of course be wrong, but the manner that our political institutions (including Trump himself) have chosen to respond to the story suggests that there's a "there" there.

    I'm not throwing my own hat into this, but I'll certainly be following it with interest.

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Carleen View Post
    I agree. He said nothing different than he has been saying, bragged about his inauguration, had a lawyer speak about his and his families business dealings, but no one could ask questions of which there are many. It was a joke
    Anybody who believed the press conference would yield anything productive was living in a dream world.

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I have to say I am stunned!

    When asked and then further pressed at the end of his national press conference, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to answer the direct question as to whether or not he or anyone directly connected to him or if anyone from his campaign had any association with Russian intelligence. Trump went on a long rant (once again) about how Russia, China, Japan, Mexico and all other nations would respect America once he became President, but on the question of Russian intelligence associations itself, he outright refused to answer the question even when further pressed after his press conference but before leaving the conference area.

    No "no comment", no "I don't know, but I'll look into it"...nothing. He just walked off the stage and refused to answer.

    To me, that rebuff/non-answer is more disturbing than the contents of any domestic intelligence report whether compiled by our federal intelligence agencies or some private investigative/consulting firm.
    Seriously, don't you believe that if ANY evidence existed to link Trump with Russian intelligence, The government would have linked that out and the whole world would know. This is just more attempts to discredit the vote that people put into this man to run this country. It didn't work and it is not going to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvaPeron View Post
    Seriously, don't you believe that if ANY evidence existed to link Trump with Russian intelligence, The government would have linked that out and the whole world would know. This is just more attempts to discredit the vote that people put into this man to run this country. It didn't work and it is not going to work.
    Evidence isn't the bottleneck here, it's whether or not anyone actually cares. We have all manners of acts committed by Trump that would be considered disqualifying for the office of the Presidency, but Republicans don't care, ergo they don't matter.

    Well, of course they matter. I just mean that Republicans won't be credible partners in those discussions.

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I have to say I am stunned!

    When asked and then further pressed at the end of his national press conference, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to answer the direct question as to whether or not he or anyone directly connected to him or if anyone from his campaign had any association with Russian intelligence. Trump went on a long rant (once again) about how Russia, China, Japan, Mexico and all other nations would respect America once he became President, but on the question of Russian intelligence associations itself, he outright refused to answer the question even when further pressed after his press conference but before leaving the conference area.

    No "no comment", no "I don't know, but I'll look into it"...nothing. He just walked off the stage and refused to answer.

    To me, that rebuff/non-answer is more disturbing than the contents of any domestic intelligence report whether compiled by our federal intelligence agencies or some private investigative/consulting firm.
    There are "news" outfits such as CNN asking him if he hired prostitutes to piss on a bed that the Obamas may have used. If I were Trump I'd have ignored any questions from them too.

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    Re: The Trump "No Answer" on Russian Associations during 01/11/2017 Press Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I have to say I am stunned!

    When asked and then further pressed at the end of his national press conference, President-elect Donald J. Trump refused to answer the direct question as to whether or not he or anyone directly connected to him or if anyone from his campaign had any association with Russian intelligence. Trump went on a long rant (once again) about how Russia, China, Japan, Mexico and all other nations would respect America once he became President, but on the question of Russian intelligence associations itself, he outright refused to answer the question even when further pressed after his press conference but before leaving the conference area.

    No "no comment", no "I don't know, but I'll look into it"...nothing. He just walked off the stage and refused to answer.

    To me, that rebuff/non-answer is more disturbing than the contents of any domestic intelligence report whether compiled by our federal intelligence agencies or some private investigative/consulting firm.
    If he said no, would you have believed it?
    Would anyone criticizing him now believe it?

    Highly doubtful.
    Regardless of the answer, it was already damned if he did, damned if he didn't.
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