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US President Donald Trump instills more faith in Russian President than his own intelligence agencies
We, the Indians, have not been alone to dream about 'Achche Din'. "Make America Great Again" (abbreviated as MAGA) was a campaign slogan used in American politics several times. In 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump had made it more powerful. Ronald Regan had also utilized a similar slogan "Let's Make America Great Again" in his successful 1980 presidential campaign.

Let us not talk about dreams and their realisation. A lot of things aren’t in control of politicians. They’re also humans like us. Man proposes God disposes. Let’s not blame here, anyone, at least in this article, for the failures and fiascos. We would concentrate only upon the means to achieve these goals – not in India, as some RSS stalwart would barge into the discussion with a point of equivalence. We would focus upon America only.

On July 27, 2016, in the beginning of his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump had asked Mr Putin – the Russian President:

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

It was tantamount to calling on Russian espionage services to intervene in the US election and help sabotage Hillary Clinton. The emails in question were deemed "personal." So, the invitation to interfere in American affairs was categorical. That Trump was hoping Vladimir Putin would help him win the elections.

Much water has flown below the bridge of Mississippi river since then. The hackers, Mr Putin noted yesterday, are said to have targeted “a certain email account, and there was information about manipulations conducted within the Democratic Party to incline the process in favour of one candidate. And as far as I know, the entire party leadership resigned. They admitted the fact of their manipulations. So, that’s one thing — that manipulation is where public opinion should stop, and an apology should be made to the public at large.”

US President closed out a trip that began with a NATO summit in Brussels with a meeting with Mr Putin. Afterwards, both the Presidents held a remarkable news conference in Helsinki, Finland where both took up sharp questions and responded in their own way. The most important subject addressed was – accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Putin said, “President Trump mentioned the so-called interference of Russia in the American elections. I had to reiterate things I said several times: that the Russian state has never interfered, and is not going to interfere, in internal American affairs, including the election process.” He offered to have Russian intelligence agencies work with their American counterparts to get to the bottom of the matter.

It was the display of beautiful rapport and wonderful bonhomie between two most powerful individuals upon this planet.

“What he did is an incredible offer,” Trump said. “He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer.” Asked whether he believes his own intelligence agencies, which say that Russia interfered in the 2016 United States election, or Putin, who denies it, Trump said, “They think it’s Russia,” he said. “I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be.” He went so far as to say that Putin's denial of having been involved in the election was "extremely strong and powerful."

Politics is not without comedy of events. Just hours after the two presidents met with the press, American prosecutors brought charges against a Russian woman accused of trying to influence US politics. Just before Trump left for his trip, 12 Russian intelligence agents were indicted on similar charges. And Dan Coats, the intelligence director, offered a different version from his boss’ after the news conference. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their on-going, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy,” he said in a statement, “and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.”

To put the world, especially the great Americans, Trump reassured his own political legitimacy. “It’s a shame that there can even be a little bit of a cloud over his election victory,” he said.

If you think that the chapter is now close, read the following reactions:

The House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.”

“I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful,” Jeff Flake, the Arizona senator.

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska opined, “This is bizarre and flat-out wrong,” he said. “The United States is not to blame. While returning, the US President appeared in a more conciliatory mood: In a tweet later in the day, Mr Trump wrote: “As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.’ However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past — as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”

However, before the press conference started, a reporter, Sam Husseini, identified himself as being with the progressive publication the Nation and appeared to be holding a sign that read, “Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty” was escorted out of a joint press conference. “They initially asked him to step out of the room, which he did peacefully,” White House correspondent Jim Acosta explained during CNN’s live coverage of the exchange. They brought him back in to get his stuff, and he said the reason why I’m being removed - a sign that talked about the nuclear test ban treaty. At that point, as he held it up, the security officials grabbed him and forcibly removed him from the room.

Asked directly whom he believes, Mr Putin or his own intelligence, Mr Trump changed the subject to what he said was misconduct by Democrats during the campaign.

Putin took a more transactional approach and said, “As to who is to be believed, as to who is not to be believed, you can trust no one. Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or that I trust him? He defends the interests of the United States of America and I defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common and we are looking for points of contact.”

Is there any point in the above story for us to learn? Yes, there are different ways to bring ‘Achche Din’ and ‘Make Mera Bharat Mahan.’ We can also try, wait and watch.

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