After the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, the President of the United States has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans alike. Even the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan insisted that Russia was responsible for the alleged meddling in the US Elections of 2016, that saw Hillary Clinton lose.
What caused this massive uproar from public officials and former CIA director John O. Brennan (March 2013- January 2017 served under Obama) even tweeting that what Trump did in Helsinki was treason.
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
The fact that Trump appeared along Vladimir Putin and seemed to agree with him and that they are trying to work together caused panic to the enemies of Donald Trump.
The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin. We are doing MUCH better than any other country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
The most important moment that was the spark was when Vladimir Putin and said this: “For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia. They never paid any taxes. Neither in Russia nor in the United States. Yet, the money escapes the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent huge amount of money, $400 million as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well, that’s their personal case. It might have been legal, the contribution itself. But the way the money was earned was illegal. We have solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers, guided these transactions. So we have an interest of questioning them. That could be a first step. We can extend also it. Options abound. They all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.” (this is a part of the transcript from the joint news conference)
Also the Russian President gave the US President a soccer ball, probably implying that the ball is now on Trump’s court or it could be an innocent present since the world cup had just finished.