Before joining @joshrogin at @AspenSecurity -- we joined @HalaGorani @cnni to talk #HelsinkiSummit If @potus had done any prep for this summit he would have known Putin would raise @McFaul and @Billbrowder (and what dip immunity is even tho these charges are literal nonsense)
.@realDonaldTrump wanting a second mtg with Putin doesn't surprise me. Putin, like KJU, is nice to his face/ flatters him - so of course he wants to hang out again.
And the polling on Trump's Helsinki performance, is, frankly inexplicable particularly because of the bipartisan support for confronting Russia and against this bozo McFaul for 12 GRU agents idea

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Oct 7, 2018
Reading this @StateDept press release on @SecPompeo 's meetings in the Koreas: 1) What did we give up to get the North Koreans to refrain from calling @SecPompeo a gangster this time?
2) Why are we second Summiting when we haven't achieved the meat of what we wanted out of the first? If a "historic" Singapore Summit just led to red herrings, why further normalize Kim with a second?
3) The 4 elements of the Singapore statement can be found here via @WhiteHouse whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
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Oct 4, 2018
Heading onto @cnni to speak with @RobynCurnowCNN about why not all election interference is created equal. @VP speech today was a dangerous use of time and attention. All it takes is some overt propaganda in local newspapers and @WhiteHouse refocuses its election meddling ire
.@VP did cite covert action, front groups, and propaganda in his speech - in my experience you don't publicly reference covert action unless there's been a substantial discussion with the IC about publicizing this info.
question is what mission of this reported China covert action was / is? Sow divisions? Create confusion? Are Chinese bots fighting with Russian ones in cyberspace? via @USATODAY usatoday.com/story/news/wor…
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Sep 29, 2018
Prepping for my discussion tonight with @secupp and want to highlight this section of @realDonaldTrump 's UNGA speech: "The United States is the world’s largest giver in the world, by far, of foreign aid. But few give anything to us."
The US foreign assistance budget is designed around where assistance is needed. We consistently review needs to make sure our $s are well spent, but we have not, to date, used $ to buy something in return. We have used foreign assistance to ease suffering, grow economies, + more
bc we determined that these objectives were in fact "giving" something back to the US and our national security.
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Sep 26, 2018
I am a woman and I am “angry” - anyone else?
.@AshaRangappa_ and I are speaking about what “security” means to us, as women, this afternoon. What a day to be having this conversation. We should be having it every day.
.@ChuckGrassley I see several reasons for complaint.
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Sep 26, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump just mixed up alleged Iran and North Korea hostage payment reporting.
He also gave us a “readout” of topics discussed during his 1:1 with Putin — no mention of election meddling - but there wasn’t anyone else in the room so ....
.@POTUS reportedly canceled a meeting with @JustinTrudeau over a trade dispute but wants to meet with Putin and Kim again. Two men who use WMD, cyber attack us, and more. But milk tho ....
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Sep 26, 2018
Who will get the last laugh at this @realDonaldTrump presser? Head to @CNNSitRoom to find out
Well it looks like the media factually speaking. They just laughed.
Repeated that China is trying to interfere in our election but he and Xi have a great relationship. Is getting on the President's friends and family list as easy as attacking us?
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