While attending the G20 summit in Germany, President Donald Trump recently launched an unprovoked Twitter attack against Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. In response to the president’s insulting comment, Podesta called Trump a “whack job” and told him to “get a grip” during a series of tweets on Friday.
“Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA,” Trump tweeted from Hamburg, Germany. “Disgraceful!”
Despite the fact that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed Podesta’s emails had been compromised by Russian hackers last year during the presidential campaign, his emails were not stored on the Democratic National Committee’s server. Although the DNC refused to turn over their hacked servers to federal investigators, Podesta had no authority or involvement in their decision.
In addition to confusing the facts, Trump apparently does not know that the FBI was responsible for investigating the compromised servers domestically, not the CIA. Trump also failed to identify who at the G20 summit was more concerned about Podesta’s emails than the sophomoric president’s glaring lack of integrity, leadership, and common decency.
In a series of tweets posted a few hours later on Friday, Podesta responded, “On a x-country road trip with my wife. Pulled in for a pit stop in E. Fairmont W. Va. to see that our whack job POTUS @realDonaldTrump is tweeting about me at the G20.
“Get a grip man, the Russians committed a crime when they stole my emails to help you get elected President. Maybe you might try to find a way to mention that to President Putin. BTW, I had nothing to do with the DNC. God only knows what you’ll be raving about on twitter by the time we get to Utah.
“Dude, get your head in the game. You’re representing the US at the G20.”
According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Putin denied interfering with the U.S. presidential election during a meeting with Trump on Friday. Earlier in the week, Trump contradicted his own intelligence agencies by suggesting that Russia might not have been involved in last year’s cyberattacks against Podesta and the DNC, without offering a single shred of evidence to support his claims.
After publicly encouraging the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails during the campaign, Trump repeatedly denied that numerous secret communications had taken place between Russian officials and senior members of Trump’s team, including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, and several others. Responsible for firing FBI Director James Comey in an attempt to quash the federal investigation into his campaign’s dubious links to Russia, Trump allegedly attempted to obstruct justice, which inadvertently led to former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to lead the investigation into the president and his cohorts.
Instead of condemning Putin’s crimes against democracy and his deplorable history of human rights abuse, Trump once again appeared more as a Russian servant than an American leader.