Body language needs no translation. It speaks every tongue fluently. From his childlike sitting posture to his fidgeting behind the podium, President Trump‘s physical tics in the presence of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during their Helsinki “summit” screamed subordination.
And then Trump opened his mouth and made it plain: He is Putin’s stooge. Whatever the former KGB operative is hanging over the American president’s head is clearly more important to Trump than defending the nation from foreign attack.
Russia attacked us. We know they did it. How they did it, when they did it and why. As Trump was preparing to leave for Finland, his own Justice Department indicted 12 Russian government agents for hacking the Democratic Party during the 2016 election. The indictment lays out America’s solid case against the Kremlin in excruciating detail.
Not enough for Trump. He’s ready to ignore reams of evidence compiled by American experts for a simple “Nyet” from his pal Vlad.
Asked who he trusts — 17 American intelligence agencies, the FBI, leaders of his own party and senior members of his own cabinet who all conclude that Russians meddled in U.S. elections, or Putin, a former Soviet spy and ruthless murderer of journalists and political opponents — Trump failed bigly.
American intelligence officials “said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said. “I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be. So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
Hey, why would a Russian spy lie? Besides, Putin actually offered to “help” with the investigation of the 12 indicted Russians.
“He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer,” Trump said.
Yes, why not hire an arsonist to fight fires? This is not the rationale of a sane, serious man with nothing to hide. Trump’s language — body and spoken — reveals him as a charlatan running scared from the consequences of a long con that broke bad.
Everything about Putin’s demeanor and speech during Trump’s visit suggests the cool confidence of a puppet master who knows which strings to pull, because he tied the knots.