President Trump held a press conference this afternoon with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, and once again he embarrassed our nation and himself in front of a close NATO ally.
The Finnish media made it clear that they weren’t here to play games right off the bat. The first question to Trump from a Finnish reporter was whether or not the President considers Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to be a security threat to international stability – and his answer left much to be desired.
He refused to say yes, instead choosing to dodge and saying that “we consider many countries to be security threats” – in front of a Nordic NATO ally who have been forced to significantly expanding their armed forces in response to recent Russian aggression.
Asked if he considers Russia a security threat, Pres. Trump says, "I consider many countries as a security threat, unfortunately." pic.twitter.com/aHvixzFgEr
— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2017
No matter the audience or the setting, Trump goes out of his way to avoid condemning Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation’s expansionism even as he himself is slowly drawn deeper and deeper into Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign team colluded with the Russian government.
The president’s refusal to condemn a nation who hacked one of our political parties and attempted to interfere in our electoral process speaks louder than any Trump excuse ever could.