Kirsters Baish| There is a very specific reason as to why Trey Gowdy has become such a legend in the conservative world. He has no problem speaking the truth, no matter how bluntly honest it may be.
The congressman from South Carolina did just that on “Fox News Sunday” following host Chris Wallace’s question about Gowdy’s opinion on how Trump has handled Russia thus far, especially since there was evidence to suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy answered, “I think he’s done a hell of a lot better job than President (Barack) Obama did. It wasn’t Donald Trump who laughed when Mitt Romney said Russia was our number one geopolitical enemy and it wasn’t President Trump who handed that awkward ‘reset button’ to the Russians.”
.@TGowdySC: "It wasn't @realDonaldTrump who laughed when @MittRomney said Russia was our number one geopolitical enemy and it wasn't President Trump who handed that awkward reset button to the Russians." #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/HqUuAubBmt
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 18, 2018
The congressman was talking about a debate back in 2012 between former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. During the debate, Obama laughed and totally dismissed Romney’s warnings about Russia.
The term “reset button” is referring to a moment in 2009 when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a cartoonish red button. Hillary’s stunt was meant to send a message to prove that relations between the two superpower countries were back to normal and that diplomacy would improve.
Conservative Tribune reported:
In a bungle that predicted the entire scandal-filled Hillary and Obama era, however, the button was incorrectly labelled “OVERLOAD” in Russian, making an awkward photo op even more confusing.
Gowdy went on to explain that although the media and the left have been attacking Trump for being chummy with Russia, it was actually Obama who should be receiving that criticism.
“It wasn’t President Trump who said on a hot mike, ‘I’ll have more flexibility in my second term.’ All of that was President Obama,” the congressman reminded viewers.
He’s right: Obama was captured on candid camera in 2012 telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would be able to give favors to the former Soviet Union and work more closely with the Kremlin after the November election — essentially admitting that he was saying one thing to get elected but working with Russia behind closed doors.
Gowdy explained, “This country can’t be tough enough on Russia. They tried to interfere with the fundamentals of our democracy.”
It was just last Wednesday that the Trump White House released a statement which agreed with the British government that Russia had used a deadly nerve agent on a United Kingdom diplomat and his daughter.
The White House statement read, “This latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes.”
The letter went on, “The United States is working together with our allies and partners to ensure that this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again.”
Gowdy spoke about Russia’s rogue actions overseas as well as in the 2016 American presidential election saying, “Their war is not against Democrats or Republicans, it’s against Americans. So you cannot be tough enough against Russia in my judgement. I hope he does more, but he (Trump) did a hell of a lot more than his predecessor did.”
The left tends to ignore this point. The mainstream media would love to pin everything on Trump and be on their merry way, but that isn’t how it works. It’s about time that we start placing blame where it’s due, and Trump clearly did not meddle with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, or we would have found some proof by now.