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It has been a very interesting week in American politics, and it’s only Tuesday.
President of the United States Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, and it turned out to be a disastrous visit after he essentially disagreed with the country’s own intelligence, and instead seemed to believe the Russian leader’s explanation on meddling in the 2016 election.
“They said they think it’s Russia,” Trump replied to a question to recent indictments on Russians for meddling in the 2016 election, and the intelligence’s decision. “I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia’s. I will say this — I don’t see any reason why it would be. … 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.”
While many are praying that former president Barack Obama was still in office, he is in South Africa speaking as part of Nelson Mandela Day. While he did not call anyone out by name, he did address Trump in his own subliminal way.
“In the strange and uncertain times that we are in — and they are strange,” he said. “And they are uncertain, with each day’s news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines — I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective, so I hope you’ll indulge me.”
He later continued.
“Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King, and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.”