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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Today's Must-Read: More on That Meeting

From the inimitable Charles P. Pierce:
Well, now we know what Rex Tillerson's job really is. He tells the administration's bedtime stories so we can all sleep peacefully because everything is under control, dammit. (Don't make him come upstairs again!) Friday's story was of the meeting between El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago and Vladimir Putin of the dead eyes and, according to Daddy Rex, everything went swimmingly. Pressed, old Vladimir was, on the subject of his having allegedly ratfcked the 2016 election on behalf of the president.

Pressed, I tell you. From NBC:
Tillerson said Trump opened the more than two hour meeting by questioning Moscow's cyber intrusions in America's political system. The two had a "very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject," Tillerson said. Putin continued to deny Russian involvement.
Pressed, by cracky!
Tillerson departed the briefing room after leaving unanswered questions about whether Trump accepted Putin's denial of election meddling.
That seems to be something of an omission, at least to this untrained observer.

On the issue of election meddling, the subhead seems to say it all:

According to Rex Tillerson, Putin will try to make sure Putin stops meddling in our elections.

If nothing else, this proves that The Art of the Deal was ghost-written. (And do keep in mind that one of Tillerson's last acts as CEO of Exxon-Mobil was to try to negotiate a deal to open up the Russian arctic to drilling. Just sayin'.)

Read it -- it's not that long, and it's deliciously snarky as only Pierce can be.

(Via Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

Digby has more on that meeting, as well as the speech.

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