Trump Does Interview With Larry King (Now A Secret Russian Agent)

Trump attacks U.S. foreign policy, political press corps on state-owned Russian television network

Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Jose DeReal

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network.

In a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday evening, Trump spoke with journalist Larry King about the presidential race, American intervention in Iraq and the Middle East, and the potential intrusion by Russian hackers into Democratic Party databases. RT, which airs in several countries in English and Russian, is funded by the Russian government; though it characterizes itself as independent, the network has been regularly accused of pro-Kremlin bias.

The interview came as Trump faced sustained criticism for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he has regularly done on the campaign trail — to the discomfort of many members of his own party, who have distanced themselves from the comments.

The GOP presidential nominee is out on the trail ahead of the general election in November.

During an NBC presidential forum Wednesday evening, Trump went further in his praise and said that Putin has been a better leader than President Obama: “Certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader,” Trump said.

Asked during the RT America interview what has surprised him most about the political process, Trump unloaded on the American press.

“Well, I think the dishonesty of the media. The media has been unbelievably dishonest,” Trump responded. “I mean they’ll take a statement that you make which is perfect and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it or do something with it.”

“And all of a sudden it doesn’t look as good as it did when you actually said it. But there’s tremendous dishonesty with the media. Not all of it, obviously, but tremendous dishonesty,” he said.

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I saw this yesterday all over the media and had to address this. Brett Baier on Fox opened his show parroting the same lines as are in this article.

They are literally attacking Trump as a Russian sympathizer because he spoke to Russia Today. That's how the media tries to spin it. However, has Trump ever been interviewed by Russia Today? Trump didn't go to the headquarters of Russia Today and sit down with one of their anchors or journalists. Trump did an interview with Larry King - someone who he is a friend of! Since when is Larry King, a former CNN host for many years, now a Russia sympathizer? I thought Larry King was beloved by the media for years. Based on the way the media is portraying this, Larry King is working for the enemy. If so, has Larry King been shunned by the media elite now?

Well, Jake Tapper, who works for King's former network was confronted on Twitter with just that. An article from CNN was posted, and there is ZERO mention of the fact that Larry King was a prominent

CNN host who hosted a nightly show for years - a prominent face of CNN! In fact, there is ZERO mention that Larry King ever even having worked for CNN!

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/08/politics/russia-television-donald-trump-interview/index.html

Per the WaPo article:

The Trump campaign played down the interview Thursday evening, explaining that they did not realize it would be broadcast on RT.

"Mr. Trump recorded a short interview with Larry King for his podcast as a favor to Mr. King. What Larry King does with the interview content is up to him; we have nothing to do with it," a Trump spokesperson told The Post.

At CNN, they had this:

Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, told CNN the interview was recorded as a podcast and was a favor to King, adding, "Mr. Trump was never told it would be shared anywhere else." Miller later said Trump wouldn't have agreed to do the interview had he known it would be aired on RT.

The media were doubting the explanation given by Trump's campaign of not knowing this, so the interviewed Larry King himself:

"I don't know what Trump knew. He couldn't have known it was a podcast, because he just did my podcast," King told CNN's Erin Burnett Friday night. 

But Larry King even contends that he wasn't sure what Trump was aware of.

King also noted on CNN that OraTV produces the show and merely licenses it to RT. He emphasized that RT does not edit his show or exert any influence over the content of his show. 

Trump has divided Republicans with his complimentary views on Putin, but King said complaints about their interview are making “a mountain out of a molehill,” pointing out his program is often critical of the Kremlin."Russia is criticized. Putin is annihilated. And they have never edited it,” King said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/295276-king-trumps-interview-excuse-stretches-it

Further:

King said that he found the focus on Trump's appearance on his show that airs on RT "amusing."

King told CNN that Trump was a guest on his podcast about six months ago, and that since then he has been asking Trump to appear on his television show, "PoliticKING With Larry King."

"I've said, 'You gotta do my TV show,' he said, 'I'm working on it, I'm working on it.'" King told CNN about his conversations with Trump.

King said that the interview for his TV show was set up by his producers, so he's not sure what they told Trump about the interview.

The production company that makes King's show, OraTV, said on Friday that Trump was booked for King's television talk show.

"PoliticKING with Larry King and Larry King Now are produced and owned entirely by Ora Media, LLC., who are solely responsible for its editorial direction," a spokesperson for OraTV said in a statement. "RT America is one of several dozen companies who license these and other Ora programs for distribution around the world. A visit to www.Ora.tv will provide several examples of our content. Larry King is a part owner in and employee of Ora Media, LLC. and neither he nor his producers are employed by RT America. Mr. Trump was always booked on 'PoliticKING with Larry King' for Ora TV." 

King also noted on CNN that OraTV produces the show and merely licenses it to RT. He emphasized that RT does not edit his show or exert any influence over the content of his show.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/larry-king-donald-trump-russian-today

So what do we have here:

1. It's Larry King - not a secret Russian agent.

2. Larry King is Trump's friend.

3. King asked Trump to do his show TV 6 months ago on his podcast.

4. The interview was set up with King's producers, and King isn't sure what they told Trump. So despite the fact Trump had already done his podcast, that was 6 months ago, and King doesn't know what Trump was told with regard to this interview.

5. (It doesn't matter to me if Trump did know it was for TV anyway because, and this is key - King is not an employee of Russia Today. Even if he is, he's still Larry King, not a secret Russian agent.) "PoliticKING with Larry King and Larry King Now are produced and owned entirely by Ora Media, LLC., who are solely responsible for its editorial direction," a spokesperson for OraTV said in a statement. "RT America is one of several dozen companies who license these and other Ora programs for distribution around the world. A visit to www.Ora.tv will provide several examples of our content. Larry King is a part owner in and employee of Ora Media, LLC. and neither he nor his producers are employed by RT America. Mr. Trump was always booked on 'PoliticKING with Larry King' for Ora TV."

6. King's program has been critical of Russia, and Russia has never edited it.

I want to address a couple points in the article, though.

First, they say Trump attacks the media on Russian TV:

“Well, I think the dishonesty of the media. The media has been unbelievably dishonest,” Trump responded. “I mean they’ll take a statement that you make which is perfect and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it or do something with it.”

“And all of a sudden it doesn’t look as good as it did when you actually said it. But there’s tremendous dishonesty with the media. Not all of it, obviously, but tremendous dishonesty,” he said.

As established, this was for King's show which aired on Russia Today, but let's just ride with the premise that Trump is bashing the U.S. media to the Russians. What did Trump say in that quote that is untrue? Obviously the WaPo (as a paper Trump attacks) doesn't like it, but this is something that has been said by Trump since very early in his campaign. Trump didn't spring this out of the blue. He's been saying this for months. He says it on Twitter. He says it in interviews on American TV. He used to call out the media to their faces at the rallies. This is absolutely nothing new. Unless the Russians have no access to America media, Trump's rally videos, Trump Tweets, etc., I'm pretty sure they have heard this before.

Second, they say Trump attacks U.S. foreign policy on Russian TV:

“Hillary Clinton with her policies and Barack Obama — you know, look, we should have never gone into Iraq. Period. We should have never gone in. But once we went in, Larry, we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. And the way they got out really caused ISIS, if you think about it. We got out in such a horrible, foolish fashion, instead of leaving some troops behind.”

Again, as above, unless the Russians have no access to American media, Trump's rally videos, Trump Tweets, etc., I'm pretty sure everyone is aware that Trump was opposed to Iraq war but thought we shouldn't have left until we won. That's nothing new. That's a policy of many Americans, and it was the policy of Barack Obama himself that the war in Iraq was a mistake when he ran for President in 2008. In fact, he used that against Hillary Clinton in the primaries.

Let's reminisce, shall we, about Obama APOLOGIZING for America. This is from 2009 where 7 of 10 of Obama's apologies for America were in front of foreign audiences. I'll list the 10, and you can go to the site to check out the full quotes:

1. Apology to France and Europe ("America Has Shown Arrogance")

2. Apology to the Muslim World ("We Have Not Been Perfect")

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas ("At Times We Sought to Dictate Our Terms")

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders ("Some Restoration of America's Standing in the World")

5. Apology for the War on Terror ("We Went off Course")

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France ("Sacrificing Your Values")

7. Apology before the Turkish Parliament ("Our Own Darker Periods in Our History")

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas ("The United States Has Not Pursued and Sustained Engagement with Our Neighbors")

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA ("Potentially We've Made Some Mistakes")

10. Apology for Guantanamo in Washington ("A Rallying Cry for Our Enemies")

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/06/barack-obamas-top-10-apologies-how-the-president-has-humiliated-a-superpower

An article I found:

Obama's Apology Tour And Latin American Dictators 

Here’s why: His words in Argentina cast his speech in Cuba in sharp relief. In Havana, the President offered but timid support for human rights in Cuba, devoid of any denunciation of flagrant abuses that continued to rage on the island even during his visit (and even swept up people he was supposed to meet). Yet in Buenos Aires, he strongly denounced an Argentine military dictatorship that dissolved more than three decades ago. The denunciation came, of course, with the requisite expressions of contrition over any possible U.S. involvement. 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikegonzalez3/2016/03/25/obamas-apology-tour-and-latin-american-dictators/#18bd36a3b07d

Don't forget Obama bowing to foreign heads of state:

Then there’s his penchant for bowing to foreign leaders. He has bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia. He bowed to the emperor of Japan on a previous visit. He has bowed to China’s leader, Xi Jinping. And these are not casual nods of the head, but unmistakable gestures of obeisance.

http://nypost.com/2016/05/26/obamas-shameful-apology-tour-lands-in-hiroshima/

Barack Obama at Hiroshima:

“Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself,” Obama said. This ignored the fact that mankind had in fact nearly destroyed itself over the previous three decades in two world wars, and that the Soviet Union and China would murder well over 100 million people using non-nuclear means. But the point of Obama’s speech was that the technology of atomic weaponry itself was uniquely evil.

Obama continued:

Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become.

In case you were wondering, at no point did Obama mention Pearl Harbor and the dead there, or the more than 100,000 Americans who lost their lives in the Pacific theater, or the half-million to one million Americans who would have had to sacrifice themselves to storm the island of Japan using conventional means. As Noah Rothman tweets this morning, veterans were overjoyed at the use of the A-bomb, knowing it ended the war and meant they would live to see their children.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/6107/president-obama-gives-one-most-repulsive-speeches-ben-shapiro

Good article by Ben Shapiro. Too bad he's a #NeverTrump movement leader.

Finally, Obama thought he could round out his Presidency by going on a tour to Asia where he again puts his country down (18 TIMES):


Here are 18 separate attacks he unloaded while in China and Laos:

1. Too many children in America are not getting enough to eat

2. Despite America's wealth, we're not providing sufficient educational resources in poor communities

3. America lacks the "political will" to help poor inner cities that have suffered discrimination.

4. Americans are "lazy" in thinking we don't need to learn about foreign nations.

5. Colin Kaepernick is justified protesting the National Anthem, as the NFL star is raising "real, legitimate issues" about things America needs to be talked about.

6. America suffers from racism, conflicts between ethnic groups, and discrimination against immigrants

7. Criticisms of America being imperfect and having problems with racism discrimination are accurate.

8. America still has "situations where women are not treated equally."

9. America "didn't think through" our policy in Vietnam War, as dropping cluster bombs proved counterproductive to "winning hearts and minds."

10. American's treatment of Native Americans was "tragic."

11. America "struggled to stay true" to our founding ideal that all men are created equal.

12. When the environment is destroyed in America, it's because the private sector is being "lazy."

13. The United States is still to this day learning how to develop industry without destroying the environment.

14. Due to industrialization, America “used to have terrible pollution … everywhere.”

15. America's role in the Vietname war led to mass displacement of people from their homes.

16. America dropped more bombs on Laos than on Germany and Japan during World War II … more than 2 million bombs … “the bombs fell like rain.” More bombs, he said on several occasions, were dropped on Laos per capita than anywhere else in the world.

17. We bombed the “simple homes” of civilians in Laos. “Villages and entire allies were obliterated.” The ancient Plain of Jars “was devastated.” Countless civilians were killed.

18. We bombed the “simple homes” of civilians in Laos. “Villages and entire allies were obliterated.” The ancient Plain of Jars “was devastated.” Countless civilians were killed.

https://news.grabien.com/story.php?id=482

Video:

Montage 18 Times Obama Trashed America In Asia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1_XJFdw3jM

What does the Russia sympathizing Trump (per media) have to say about if Russia is hacking:

“I think it’s probably unlikely. I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out. Who knows? But I think that it’s pretty unlikely,” he said. “I hope that if they are doing something I hope that somebody’s going to be able to find out so they can end it, because that would not be appropriate.”

He just said if Russia's doing it, he hopes it is found out and stopped.

Of course, then the Washington Post plays the old line that Trump is a Russia sympathizer, also bringing up Trump's comments about Russia locating Hillary's emails. These are my comments about that from a previous post:

Whether it was or it wasn’t a joke is not the question because it doesn’t matter.

1. I would presume that the server that Trump supposedly wanted hacked has been destroyed.

2. Hillary Clinton used this private server in lieu of a government one. Is hacking a private server espionage? (again, server likely dead).

3. Hillary Clinton says that what was on that server was not classified and was about weddings, yoga, etc. Thirty three thousand emails about that in fact. If that is all that was on the server, then why in the world would it be espionage or threatening to this country in anyway if they read them? That is, unless the NY Times and its media allies believe that Hillary was lying.

4. The FBI says the emails are gone and our government doesn’t have them. Okay. How can it be espionage to hack into Hillary’s deceased server or the government server looking for emails that the government says that it doesn’t have? That is, unless the NY Times and its media allies believe the government was lying.

5. The emails, if they are out there, are already out there. They either have them or they don’t. The U.S. says they don’t have them.

6. Is it normal for someone committing espionage to tell people to alert the press and the FBI and turn over the emails, which is what Trump did?

Paul Manafort is brought up with this,"Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, came under fire last month after he was named in a Ukrainian corruption investigation that tied him to a pro-Kremlin political party.

This is completely ignoring Hillary Clinton's ties to Russia! Podesta was involved in the same are as Manafort.

Here is a list of articles with excerpts tying Hillary Clinton and Podesta to Russia (2nd half of post):

http://dtforpres.blogspot.com/2016/09/hillary-clinton-and-democrats-have.html

Of course, back to the interview to close this out, the Washington Post located a Republican to bash Trump for doing the interview. His name is John Weaver. Want to know who he is? He worked for John McCain's campaign for President in 2000 and 2008. He worked for the John Huntsman campaign in 2012. He worked for 1/49 states John Kasich this year. The guy has a long, proud tradition of losing. Who cares what he thinks?

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