John Colson: Trump 'believes' Putin, so everything is fine

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"Nothing awful has happened", President Putin said adding that he was ready to think about the future of the US-Russian relationship. We agreed with Trump on that subject, and still do. Trump, in contrast, said he believes Putin and that it is time for us to go forward.

TAPPER: "Do you know of any compromising material the Russians might have on him?". The report, which was issued on behalf of the 17-agency intelligence community, did not address whether the interference affected the outcome of the election. "This indicates that the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States has not come out from the state of crisis", Putin said.

Whatever the explanations of United States intelligence officials, there will be little to cavil about if it's true that Putin has moved to put the squeeze on Pyongyang.

From Japan to South Korea to China to Vietnam, the president extended his offer to partner with the United States on a "fair and equal basis" outside of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the multi-nation accord that Trump withdrew from on his first full day in office. "Comey's proven now to be a liar and he's proven to be a leaker", he said on route to Hanoi, referring to the FBI's former director, who was sacked early in Trump's presidency amid much controversy.

TRUMP: Well, look, I can't stand there and argue with him.

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"The Trump administration's plan of substituting bilateral FTAs for the multilateral TPP is going nowhere fast", said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Donald spoke with his chief governess and reported back to the children: "She is very, very strong in the fact that she didn't put gifts under the tree".

If he were a normal elected leader, he might have followed up with a rejoinder about how US intelligence experts have nearly all come to the opposite conclusion - that Putin's government-sponsored hackers did do their best to throw a monkey wrench into the 2016 presidential electoral process, and may well have done enough damage to give Trump the wiggle room he needed to squeak into the White House. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S. -Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS's losses on the battlefield in recent months. And in the end, even if Russian Federation did meddle in our elections, maybe we ought not punish them for having done so since they've been heavily sanctioned in a way that prevents a friendly posture. On Face the Nation on CBS, panelist Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic told host John Dickerson that Trump, "in his heart", seems to believe that the Russian Federation controversy is manufactured by his enemies. Why is the president so insecure about the last election?

Then came Trump's tweeted insult at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who had called Trump a "lunatic old man" earlier in the week.

If the president means what he says, he thinks he must credit the words of America's enemy when that enemy denies undermining American interests so that he can "work with" that enemy in accomplishing America's interests.

TRUMP: He just - every time he sees me, he says, "I didn't do that". We also hope clearer heads inside the White House possess the sagacity to guide him to sounder ideas than the idiotic ones he claims to endorse.