Putin is ‘ready to provide a transcript’ of Trump’s meeting with Russians
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprising offer: He’ll happily provide Congress with a transcript of President Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. You know, the meeting during which Trump leaked highly classified intel? But there’s a catch…
According to The Washington Post, “the remarkable offer for the Kremlin to share evidence with U.S. oversight committees came with the caveat that the request for the transcript would have to come from the Trump administration.” Which seems like a bit of a setup. While Trump himself essentially admitted to leaking intel via one of his dumbass tweets, for those hoping that the transcript might provide clear evidence of wrongdoing on Trump’s part, Putin — who described the claims as “nonsense and rubbish” — seems more concerned with clearing Trump’s good name, under the guise that the scandal is creating unrest among his citizens:
On Wednesday, Putin denied that Lavrov had shared any intelligence with him or with Russia’s secret service, instead declaring that a “political schizophrenia” had gripped the United States and that it was “eliciting concern” in Russia.
“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Putin added, “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”
Just to be clear: Putin is offering a written transcript — not an audio recording — of his envoys’ meeting with Trump. This transcript — again, not an audio recording — will prove that Trump did not share any intel with them. (Because if he had, we’re sure Putin would want to shout that from the rooftop of the Kremlin.) But he’ll only provide it if the Trump administration makes the request.
Nope, nothing fishy at all about this situation.
California representative Adam Schiff may have said best Wednesday during an interview with “This Morning” when he stated that, “Probably the last person [Trump] needs to vouch for him right now is Vladimir Putin.”