It's difficult to put into words what happened this morning, but I'll try.
I think most people expected that Trump's meeting with Putin would be as bad as his meeting with Kim Jong-un, but it was so much worse. It was far worse than I dared imagine.
"Treasonous" is the only word that comes to mind when watching the "president" stand next to Vladimir Putin and attack special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the FBI, and the greater intelligence community. And Trump hit them all.
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller just indicted a group of Russian intelligence officers in a meticulously detailed account of exactly how they coded and deployed malware to compromise the computers of Democratic party officials, but Trump told the world that he still believes Putin's denial.
“Who do you believe?” the Associated Press’ Jonathan Lanier asked, after referring to Putin and the intelligence community’s clashing assertions.
Trump responded in part by saying “I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia],” adding that he had “confidence in both parties” — that is, the intelligence community and Putin.
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said later.
The press conference in which Trump firmly sided with Putin against his own intelligence and law enforcement agencies followed a nearly 2-hour-long personal one-on-one meeting with Putin.
We have no idea what Trump and Putin talked about for nearly 2 hours, but I see plenty of reasons to assume Putin used the opportunity to remind Trump that he owns him.
Putin so clearly owns Trump, even Fox News hosts were stunned and dismayed this afternoon.
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 16, 2018
Former CIA Director John Brennan also described Trump's actions as treasonous.
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
And congressional Republicans will do absolutely nothing about any of this. We have to vote them out.