(National Sentinel) A Real Russia Scandal: Left-wing pundits, Democrats, and Deep Staters are continuing to hammer President Donald Trump over some comments he made during his summit this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The criticism centers mostly around POTUS Trump’s soft-peddling of Russian meddling in the 2016 election along with a smattering of shade thrown at elements of the U.S. intelligence community — particularly the faction that has been working to undermine his presidency since before he took office.

The president has walked back some of his statements and has made clear he trusts his intelligence services. But that’s not enough for the rabid Trump haters on the Left who seem to be perturbed by the fact that the president simply continues to breathe.

The “resistance” seems to have settled on this term to describe POTUS Trump’s Putin summit: “Treason,” though Trump never actually did anything to harm U.S. national security in the face of Russian aggression.

Unless, of course, presidential diplomacy and foreign policy now qualify as traitorous acts if they center around objectives the perpetually angry Left doesn’t like.

Joy Behar, co-host of “The View” and someone not known at all for her foreign policy or national security expertise, typified the Left’s hyperbolic overreaction. As reported by Breitbart News, she proclaimed during her show on Tuesday that Trump was a traitor and that Putin’s holding something over Trump’s head.

“It seems to me Russia’s got something on him,” she said without a shred of sarcasm. “He’s over the edge with this one. He’s saying basically to him, ‘Please don’t snitch whatever it is.’ That’s what I saw.”

Thank God Behar isn’t in charge of our intelligence community.

Never mind that Trump instructed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to announce Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers before he met with Putin for the express purpose of going into the meeting with some new leverage over Putin.

And never mind that just a few days before meeting with Putin, Trump chided German Chancellor Angela Merkel for doing a gas pipeline deal with Russia that will allow Moscow to control three-quarters of Germany’s LP gas imports — something he could use against Berlin in a crisis and a deal that provides Russia with tens of billions of dollars at a time when Trump is cajoling NATO members to pony more for their own defense…against Russia.

The only thing Putin’s “got” on Trump is U.S. debt, which he began acquiring before Trump rolled into D.C. and which he has largely dumped over the past two months in what some see as the beginning of a strategy with China to create an American debt crisis. Think Putin’s (and China’s Xi Jinping’s) response to U.S. sanctions and tariffs.

But since we’re on the subject of presidential “treason,” do you know who really worked to compromise U.S. national security — in ways that could certainly be construed as treasonous under certain circumstances?

That would be President Barack Hussein Obama.

He made a “nuclear deal” with Iran that not only paved the way for an eventual Iranian nuclear weapon, but he helped finance the development by handing over as much as $33.6 billion in cash and gold to a terrorism-sponsoring state.

Then there was the hot-mic moment ahead of the 2012 presidential election, when he was caught telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (the real powerbroker) should give him “space” until “after my election,” when he would “have more flexibility” to make concessions on nuclear weapons and “missile defense.”

Concessions to Putin?

That’s absolutely treasonous. Even Joy Behar should be able to see that.

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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