tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC July 12, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm PDT
the president now in the uk. he did an interview with the british press that was published basically upon him landing in the uk which he essentially tries to shove the british prime minister out of office, criticizing her and praising her rivals. this is all heading into the president's meeting with vladimir putin early on monday. the news feels a little overwhelming right now. it is going to be like this in high gear for the next few days. hold tight. now it is time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> thanks for ruining all of our weekends with that announcement. so the interview that he gave with "the sun," has some other
gems in it, including he tells this rue newspaper that his polling numbers are better than abraham lincoln. you have to stay with me here. he seems to think that the british will believe that there was polling on abraham lincoln when abraham lincoln was in the white house because what do the british know? >> it was a smaller number because it was fewer states. >> and that's not all. he actually told this british interviewer that he has doubled, he said, that since he's become president the gdp of the united states has doubled. and tripled. doubling takes a minimum of 20 years. and does he think the british, they just don't know
this stuff? they don't know about gdp? >> well, because -- i mean, i know a little bit about the pain tore which he gave this interview, and i think that he could safely assume that they wouldn't do the math or fact check or call him out on this. whether or not the average british person reading this is duped quite as easily will be hard to see. i don't know. i mean, it is a remarkable thing, right? so he does this interview. it is timed to publish once he's already on the ground in britain. so he's physically in the company of the prime minister of britain when this interview is published in which he se evenially tries to shove the prime minister of britain out of office at a time when her government is at risk of falling. an american president has never done this, certainly not for an ally. but it is timed for when he's there. it is timed for maximum discorruptiruption
sides. it is primed and designed even if it's timing to not just explode the so-called special relationship but to end our alliance with the uk. and he's doing it right before he goes and meets with putin. it's just -- it's this -- it's our lives. >> it is what it is. we will get london's reaction later in this hour, rachel. thank you, rachel. well, if you did not have contempt for this congress before today's chaotic, dramatic, comical and important hearing in the house of representatives, then you might be feeling just a little bit of contempt tonight. >> let me start by saying this is a stupid and ridiculous hearing. >> republicans in the house of representatives today once again tried and failed to prove that the connections of the trump campaign to russia should never have been investigated by the
fbi because one of the fbi agents involved in that investigation agreed with the majority of american voters at the time that candidate donald trump should not be elected president. fbi agent peter strzok because the only witness because he sent private text messages expressing his disapproval. because this was a house of representatives hearing, most of it was irreleva irrelevant. that is not unusual. but most of the hearing was histrionic and out of control and inckonincoherent to a degre have never seen before. his defense of his fairness and objectivity in his work as an fbi agent was this. >> i can assure you, mr. chairman, at no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the
realm of any action i took. further more, this isn't just me sitting here telling you. you don't have to take my word for it. at every step, there are multiple layers of people above me and multiple layers of people below me. section chiefs, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts, all of whom were involved in all of these decisions. they would not tolerate any improper behavior in me anymore than i would tolerate it in them. the suggest that i would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safe guards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. it couldn't happen. and the proposition that this is going on, that it might occur in the fbi deeply corrodes what the fbi is in american society, the effectiveness of their mission and it is deeply distruckive. >> the republicans never
penetrated that defense. every word of that defense held up for the nine hours and 41 minutes of that hearing. the republicans have never been able to identify a single action taken by peter strzok because of his political opinions expressed in those texts or because of anyone else's political opinions. republicans in the house seem to believe that the best lawyer among them is former prosecutor trey gowdy. so they give tray g him extra questioning time today. >> so your testimony -- >> his time is expired, mr. chairman, by two and a half minutes. >> second -- >> impeachment for what? >> mr. chairman, what are the rules here? is the witness not going to be permitted to answer the question? >> mr. chairman, you are assuming --
>> i hesitate in part -- >> were you under duress? >> asked and answered over and over again. >> you don't want it to be you and lisa page and you don't want it to be the fbi. >> we have indulged this harassment nine minutes. >> the republicans reached many new heights of absurdity, including threatening the witness with contempt of congress when he testified that there were questions he could not answer because the fbi's lawyers had ordered him as an fbi employee to not answer those questions. that brought a challenge from a democrat who pointed out that these same republican members of congress allowed steve boannon not to answer any question that he chose not to answer when they questioned him. >> mr. chairman, i move to subpoena steve bannon in our house intelligence investigation. he was under subpoena. he refused a number of times to answer questions of mr.
g trey gowdy. he has a sincere interest to getting to the bottom of what happened. i move now for consideration for mr. bannon to be subpoenaed. if he refuses, for contempt proceedings to occur. >> eric will lead off our discussion in a moment. after that the republicans tried and failed to cast doubt on the honesty of peter strzok's under oath testimony. he decided to do something that is actually not permitted in house hearings. he repeatedly called the under oath witness a liar and then went in for the kill in a very personal way. >> you have em babarrassed yourf and i can't help but wonder when i see you looking there with a little smirk how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eye and lie to her about lisa paige? >> mr. chairman, this is
outrageous! >> needles to s leading off our discussion is a member of the judiciary and the intelligence committees in the house. and congressman, really appreciate you being here today. we all know how long your workday has been already. what would you say are the most important points established in this hearing today? >> good evening, lawrence. of course first would be wrong hearing, wrong priorities. we should be doing all we can as the committee of jurisdiction to reunite these kids who are separated and wrong priorities if they are going to have peter strzok come in because he knew a lot about why the russia investigation was launched. he was concerned about contacts that the campaign was having in the russians, and they wanted to just focus ongoing back in time to hillary clinton's e-mails and
undermining the mueller investigation. but i pointed out in my questions, one, that peter strzok was not the only individual to close the clinton investigation. there were a lot of people involved in that decision. he was not the only individual to open the trump-russia investigation. even if you didn't like his text messages, and i don't, that is irrelevant to the mountain of evidence that existed that would warrant any fbi agent to be concerned about donald trump and his contacts with russia. >> and the agent's testimony today, was there anything in that testimony where you or anyone else in the committee learned something that you didn't already know? >> no, no, lawrence. we did, however, learn that the republicans, for them, this was more about protecting donald trump rather than, as i said, protecting kids who are separated from their families. high schoolers who want us to do
something about gun violence, farmer who is want this committee to do something about the tariff it is president is imposing. but we learned nothing new. we lost precious hours where the american people are counting on us to fight for them and we were just seeing republicans again seeking to protect the president above anything else. >> did you hear any line of questioning from republicans that you thought was actually somehow helpful and informative to our understanding of what's been happening here? >> no. but, lawrence, i did hear trey gowdy express a real interest in having peter strzok answer questions about an ongoing investigation. this is a pattern we have seen throughout the past year. they want to break the safe of the fbi evidence locker and have evidence come to light so that subjects of the investigation know what is out there. but when peter strzok refused to answer, now he was all of a sudden going to be held in contempt, which if that's the case, we want to know what he has to say, that same
interest should have been shown for mr. bannon, which is why i moved to have mr. bannon subpoenaed. and of course that was voted down. but interestingly enough, trey gowdy did not vote yes or no on that. he abstained from voting when that was put before him. >> there was a question for a clarification of how he was voting because i have never seen this in a roll call vote before. he used the word pass. the votes are yes or no, and he said pass. so the democrats insisted on a clarification. that's when he went silent when the roll cal was called again. what can you make of that decision of his, to not vote at all on that question that you raised? >> well, i think he knows better. he wasn't going to give us a vote there. but i think he wasn't going to really contradict his position at the house intelligence committee, which is that bannon should have been subpoenaed. so i think his silence actually spoke volumes,
that he knew it was wrong to try and pursue a contempt proceeding against peter strzok but not mr. bannon. so many other trump administration witnesses who refused to tell us anything. by the way, lawrence, we have now seen peter strzok and james comey come before congress. they raise their right hands. they went under oath and told us what they knew about the russia investigation. the president continues to criticize them. however, what distinguishes them from him is that the president is unwilling to raise his right hand for special council. so it is his move. >> we're going to be joined in the discussion now by a senior editor of the atlantic. david, you have got nine hours and 41 minutes of hearing testimony to react to. take your pick. >> look, if you're the lawyer for the corloene family and your clients are super, super guilty, of course it is your duty to attack the investigators and
find a procedural defense. it doesn't make them honest, upright waste management specialists. we're watching today. at the same time we're watching an attack on nato, an attack on the u.s.-uk alliance. donald trump trying to topple friendly governments and in every way carrying out a russian foreign policy agenda. the question is is he doing this because he is misinformed, impulsive or is there a darker reason? and the republicans investigating the fbi are acting like lawyers for the corleone family. but what's the truth here? how are we going to defend the country? is the president compromised as we watch this wrecking ball happening in europe and 75 years of security is about to be
destroyed by one man. >> it seemed to me that the republicans were not ready for some of the parliamentary procedural challenges that you and your colleagues raised on the democratic side as they were trying to steam roll the witness and demand the witness answer questions that fbi lawyers said he could not answer, threaten the witness with contempt charges in that setting. was it your sense that the republicans were not actually prepared to handle this hearing today and that they were surprised at how strong peter strzok's responses could be when he was allowed to deliver them? >> they were wholly unprepared. when i saw peter strzok two weeks ago at our closed hearing deposition, i thought, oh, boy, the republicans, this is going to backfire because he is a pretty bright guy. he made a monumental error in some of
those text messages. but this is also the result of what's been building up over the past year. we have seen the chairman use this committee to just go back in time to keep revisiting the hillary clinton e-mail investigation and every possible form. so i think our members you saw just kind of the release of that frustration, and we came ready to fight. ready to fight for our democracy and the rule of law. >> david, from the republicans in the committee seem to have a single rule about investigating donald trump. you can only be allowed to investigate donald trump if you enthusiastically wanted donald trump to be president of the united states. >> yes. you can't make any comment. donald trump is of course the chief law enforcement officer of the united states. he has described members of central american gangs as animals. they are certainly criminal organizations. but if the suggest that anonymous means that the laws can't be enforced,
then i don't know how we're ever going to put any member of any central american gang in jail ever gone. >> thank you both for starting us off tonight. thank you very much. and coming up, david corn will join us. his name came up repeatedly in the hearing today. jim jordan decided that the best way to avoid questions that he was accused of assault because to stay in the hearing room as long as he could asking a series of questions about david corn. david corn is going to answer those questions. and president trump has just given the craziest interview that any president not named trump has ever given. he said his poll numbers are better than abraham lincoln's and he has doubled and tripled america's gdp, proving he has no idea what gdp is or maybe he's willing to lie about gdp. nick was born to move.
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printing has differences than the ones given to us by corn and simpson. it's funny to me because yesterday david corn tweeted out he's the corn in your e-mail. so the guy himself has identified himself. we all know it is david corn and the other name is simpson. so you have this and we're wondering how the dossier got to or if the dossier got to the fbi through media sources, not just through christopher steel. >> i understand your question. i understand the absurdity of something produced you are reading that i have been directed not to answer questions about. >> more importantly that you wrote. >> i would like to answer you, but it is an answer that would reassure you and disappoint you. >> david corn, an msnbc political analyst and also joining us eugene robinson.
okay, david corn, you are under oath. we swore you in during the commercial break. the great violator of the house dress code jim jordan thinks there is something terribly wrong with your interactions with the fbi involving the steel dossier. what does he need to know about this? >> let me first say, because you and i have talked about this, we again are being distracted because republicans engaged in these false conspiracy narratives. we have to cover it. we have to debunk it. but it covers up the big fact that donald trump has been working with putin, passing off putin disinformation to cover up putin's attack on the united states in 2016 and this is why they're doing this, so we don't pay attention to that. turning to this, this is now the second time in four or five months that jim jordan has come up with a conspiracy theory to distract that involves yours truly. the first time was that the fbi gave
me the steel memos as a way to torpedo and sabotage trump for the election. now he's e verrev himself and the theory seems to be that i gave the fbi the memos in order to sabotage trump. neither are true. and i'm telling you, lawrence, i challenge, i challenge jim jordan not to a dual but to a debate. on this show or any other show, congressman jordan, i'm ready to have it out with you. my guess is you don't have the guts to do it. what happened, lawrence, is that i reported on the steel memos before the election. i called the fbi. i had obtained the memos and i asked for a comment if they would talk to me about the memos and about their interactions with steel. i had learned that they were investigating the allegations in the memo. i got a no comment from them. no help, nothing.
after the election, i wanted to pursue this further, and i sent someone i know in the fbi a copy of the memos and said can you authenticate these documents? can you now talk to me about your interactions with steel? again i got nothing. i did this solely as a journalist. i know it is hard for jim jordan to get that, but i was just trying to figure out what was the full story behind these memos as many journalists do in such cases. and for all that, he just comes up with a deep state conspiracy theory that involves me. i'm kind of flattered. >> one small point in the peter strzok e-mail. he mentions there is a difference between the version that you had and another version that the fbi had. what was that difference? >> yeah. as if that really matters. i got the -- a set of documents, you know, shortly before the election. the buzzfeed set that came out in
january 2017 included memos that steel kept writing after the election that i never saw until the buzzfeed version came out. so there is one really big difference. buzzfeed has more because they obviously got the set of memos at a later point. what that means, i don't know. it certainly doesn't tell you that the deep state was doing anything notorious. >> correct me if i'm wrong, but i think we just proved how easy it is to get at the truth of these situations if you are willing to ask the right person the right question. >> yeah. but we don't want any of that, lawrence. what we want is to figure out how devilishly david corn could manage to both give the fbi the dossier and get the dossier from the fbi. we also have to figure out why peter strzok, if his whole purpose here was to defeat donald trump in the election, why he didn't leak any of this
or tell anybody publically about any of this before the election when it might have had a huge impact. so somehow he -- you know, he's apparently really, really stupid because this was his overriding goal. yet, he failed to do the one thing that might have achieved it. >> you have watched an awful lot of congressional hearings in your time in washington. rate this one in the history of your viewing of hearings in the congress. >> well, where to begin? i've never seen a hearing in which a member was asked if he was off his meds. >> yeah. >> and justifiably so. i've never seen a moment like that. i've -- it was surreal because it was all -- you know, these hearings are always, to some extent, theater. but this was
all bad theater. that is all that it was. and there was no sort of fact finding or eliciting of a legitimate narrative in this. it was all about scoring points. and as david said at the outset, obscuring the real story, obscuring what really went on. we're talking about russian interference in our election, which happened according to all of our intelligence agent sciea according to all the information the fbi has been able to give. but we can't talk about that. all we have to talk about is this nonsense. >> we're going to have to leave it there. thank you for joining us on this important night. and president trump has given a new interview tonight to a british paper. he talked about the baby blimp and he admits the blimp is doing the job it has intended to do. it has hurt donald trump's feelings.
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president trump has just given an interview in which he has confessed that the trump blimp really works. the trump blimp has really done its job. it has made donald trump feel unwelcome. president trump said, i guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to london. i used to love london as a city. i haven't been there in a listening time. but when they make you feel unwelcome, why would i stay there? it has never occurred to donald trump why they are making him feel unwelcome. why don't they
like donald trump? that doesn't seem to have crossed his mind. one thing the british are not going to like is the president of the united states meddling in their national affairs and in their national politics. in the interview donald trump claims that he knows how to do the impossible, negotiate a simple brexit deal which will allow the united kingdom to leave the european union painlessly. >> i would have done it much differently. i actually told theresa may how to do it, but she didn't listen to me. >> what did she say? >> she didn't listen. no. i told her how to do it. that will be up to her to say. but i told her how to do it. she wanted to go a different route. >> and the president of the united states endorsed a rival of the current prime minister, theresa may, to take her job as prime minister. boris johnson is a big brexit cheerleader who has no idea how to carry out brexit, so he quit this week.
>> i think he's a great representative for your country. >> i'm not pitting one against the other. i'm saying i think he would be a great prime minister. i think he's got what it takes and i think he's got the right attitude to be a great prime minister. >> in an editorial about boris johns johnson's resignation, the british times elaborated. donald trump not only demonstrated a complete ignorance of how brexit might work, he told the single craziest lie he has ever told about the american economy. >> the gdp since i've taken over has doubled and tripled. >> donald trump clearly has no idea what gdp is. it is the basic dollar measurement of the size of a country's entire
economy. donald trump is claiming that the size of the american economy has doubled and tripled in the first year and a half of his presidency. it takes 20 years for the gdp to double and 30 years for the gdp to triple. that's if things are going well. joining us now is a fellow in british politics and eugene robinson is still with us. and, brian, i want to -- before we move on, i want you to hear one more thing that president trump said. he doesn't seem to understand why we don't use the word england anymore when we're talking about the united kingdom. let's listen to this. >> you don't hear the word england as much as you should. i miss the name england. you understand that? i think england is a beautiful name. and you don't hear it very much anymore.
>> brian, do you want to explain to the president of the united states what happened to england? >> well, it's the act of union. so england still exists. it is just part of the u.k. this entire interview is either insane, insulting or incendiary. it's insulting when he attacks our closest ally, when her government is already on a cliff's edge and he's giving her a bully's shove towards it and it is incendiary because the special relationship is now at risk. this is america's most powerful and important ally and trump is insulting them during the state visit, during the visit that has been long in the making. it is incredibly, incredibly damaging to american security interests and it just adds on to the international security damage he did in brussels in the past couple
days, too. >> who else could insult theresa may and abraham lincoln in the same interview? he then went on in that discussion of the polling to say if they did an honest poll in the united kingdom that he would do very well. the honest poll shows that in the united kingdom domd trump has an 11% approval rating. 67% disapproval rating and donald trump living in his own polling double right there. >> hence the blimp, i think. but theresa may is not the most sympathetic figure, really, just the way she became prime minister, the way she has tried to walk this unwalkable path on brexit. i don't feel very sorry for her, but i do feel sorry for
her today. she goes to all this trouble. she invites this incredibly unpopular man because he is president to britain. she has to make a big deal of it. it is not a state visit, but takes him out to the palace and arranges, convinces the queen to have tea with him, which i'm sure she was delighted to do. and she goes through all of this. and then he just shivs her in the most vicious way by saying that with her way of doing excite, which people don't actually like, but there will be no great u.s.-u.k. bilateral trade deal, that that wouldn't work out. that's the only thing she has going for her. that's the only piece of political capital that she had to try to negotiate this thing her way.
and he just pulled that rug completely out from under her. it is just extraordinary. i have never seen anything like that. >> will british politics be affected by what the president has to say? and are people in britain going to believe donald trump has a secret brexit plan that is easy and simple and that he will keep it a secret and let the british government struggle and try to figure out to do what is apparently virtually impossible? >> i think 11% of people might. but you have a situation here where the british government and the british political system is going to be royaled by this completely. there is already a challenge, potential challenge to tereheresa may's leadership, several resignations and donald trump just made that way worse for her. to think about this in context, a british woman died last weekend from a nerve agent poisoning. so at that pivotal
moment, donald trump is trying to push the british government off a cliff. 74 years ago in june, we had d day, where we worked and fought together with brit into defeat fascism in europe. now we have a president that is imposing tariffs on our closest allies and attacking the government of the united kingdom. it is an amazing reversal. it is so counter productive to american interests and to the interests of international security. it is, however, extremely productive for the wish list of vladimir putin. this is effectively the through line of the last several days is that everything on putin's wish list is happening because of donald trump. what he's wanted for two decades is finally coming to fruition, and that should scare people who care about the idea of the west, our values and also international security that
holds the west together and keeps us all safe. >> imagine if you will donald trump's reaction if theresa may were to come to the united states and then washington say that she thinks elizabeth warren would make a good president or she thinks paul ryan some day soon would make a good president. president trump would think that was fair comment? >> no. he would go totally ballistic. you know exactly what his reaction would be. and again i haven't seen anything like that. if you read that whole interview, i really sort of recommend who have strong stomachs read the whole thing. there is a lot else in it, including some incredible racism. he rails about how europe is overrun with these immigrants and you're losing your culture and it's just -- it's really extraordinary. it's trump sort of unplugged.
>> and why don't they call northern ireland scotland whales and england just plain old england anymore? thank you very much. and more tonight, the trump administration says it will never, it will never be able to reunite all of the children and parents they have separated at the southern border. belly fat: the chili pepper sweat-out.
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at the beginning of today's hearing, the top democrat reminded his colleagues about the much more important work that they were not doing today. >> mr. chairman, i must say before i begin my formal statement that this country has a number of emergencies right now under the jurisdiction of this committee which we're not spending any time or attention to. the leading one being that 3,000 children were improperly taken away from their families and the administration seems either unwilling or out of totally incompetence unable to return the kids to their families. >> the committee spent nine hours and 45 minutes failing to find anything that peter strzok did that was politically motivated in his investigator work. the committee has not had
one hearing about the children that president trump has separated from their parents at the southern border. the trump had administration did not meet the tuesday deadline this week to reunite all the children age four and under with their parents. today the trump administration claimed that 57 of the 103 migrant children age four or under have been reunified with their parents as of this morning. the administration claimed 46 of the children are ineligible for reunification. the administration said there are safety concerns that prevent them from being reunified with children. seven other adults were determined not to be the parents. one adult was alleged to have abused a child and the trump administration said one adult planned to house a child with an adult charged with sexually abusing a child. the trump administration identified
24 children who they say are currently not eligible for reunification because of the circumstances of the adults in those cases. 12 of those adults have been repodeported. 9 are ie custody of the united states marshall's service for other offenses. two adults are in custody in state jail. one adult's location has been unknown for over a year. but that adult is the one who the government admits might actually be a united states citizen and whose child is still in custody and might actually be a united states citizen. we know all of this, thanks to lawsuits that have been brought in various federal courts, including one by the aclu. the aclu's lead attorney on this case will be back in court tomorrow and he will join us next with more details. o know the friends of our friends. and we found others just like us. and just like that we felt a little less alone. but then something happened.
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i have a solution, tell people not to come to our country illegally. that's the solution. >> in other words, the president has no solution at all to reunite the families. and attorney lawrence, i reported of what you have been learning in court about these families and adults, can you trust the information that the government is giving you about
the adults and children. >> we are not going to trust it. we are asking independent verification so that we need the information ourselves so we can engage in that independent verification. what the administration is doing is saying we don't think all these people can be reunited and we don't believe they are apart of the lawsuit but they're unilaterally making that decision. we'll ask for specific information of the individuals that can't be reunited. let's talk about the individuals that they reunited. they missed the deadline. it is one thing when you miss the deadline and the package comes late when you are ordering socks. these are babies and toddlers. you can't miss a deadline when you are talking about little babies and toddlers who are desperate to see their parents. that's why the court says he wants to know what remedy we propose. we anticipate the government is going to come in tomorrow and
say we want less over sight, that's ridiculous given that they just missed a deadline. we want the government to set up a fund to pay for health professionals to examine these children who have been traumatized to no end and perhaps permit naanently. the government have been saying some of the parents have been deported so they can't reunite children with parents that's already been deported. some of those parents were told the only way they would be reunited with their child was to be deported. the administration told nbc news today that this was their signal. the administration, under no obligation to bring people who have no lawful status back in the country for unification. they have no obligation to unify parents who have been deported with children who are still here. >> right. just among the children under
five, there are twelve parents out of the 103 who were deported without their children. the government originally said to the court while they're not apart of the lawsuit, the court shut that argument down immediately and said of course, they are. they're in the worse situations. they're overseas and their kids are still here in the united states worried desperately and the government is asking us to try to find these parents. whether the reunification takes place here in the united states or overseas, one way or the other, we need to find these parents and ask them, were you misled in to thinking your children are not here. >> this is a horrible situation parents sitting in the country and not knowing where their children are. >> how could the record lead you to those parents? >> that's a question, the
government should have more information. now it is up to us, we are going to normalize here in the united states and overseas to do what we can to find these parents. we hope that the government will help us. mr. gelernt, thank you for joining us, we really appreciate it. tonight's last word is next. this is not a bed.
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time for tonight's last word, i dropped by to chat with steven colbert on my way to work tonight. >> here is what's really crazy, your first ten minutes tonight and this is an entertainment comedy show. >> sometimes. >> could be my first ten minutes tonight and my show is supposed to be a news show about the real world. that should never be. we should never be in the situation. >> why don't you run the first ten minutes of my show on your show and you can start drinking early. >> oh yeah. oh please. >> that would be so great.
although i don't drink and never have. would love to run those first ten minutes with colbert. that's tonight's last word. >> two former cia and analysts will tell brian why they are worried, "the 11th hour" with brian williams start right now. the fbi agent at the heart of the russia investigation who was caught with embarrassing texts defends himself of gop biassed. trashing the british prime minister in the interview that came out as they have dinner. tl one man following all the chaos closely, trump's next summit partner, putin in russia. all as "the