TRUMP TWEET: Russians are laughing

Dominating the news over the long holiday weekend were reports of President Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner’s communications with Russia during the transition and stories about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments that dampened enthusiasm about Trump’s recent foreign trip.

Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to chastise the media, dismissing the drama over Russia and tense relations with Germany.

“Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News,” Trump tweeted.

“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change,” Trump said in a second tweet.

Over the weekend, news outlets feasted on reports that Kushner attempted to establish back-channel communications with Russia during the transition.

Kushner’s alleged actions do not necessarily rise to the level of wrongdoing, but the report supported the theory that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump’s critics also latched on to Merkel’s remarks in a campaign speech claiming that Germany can no longer rely on the U.S. Merkel’s comments followed Trump’s speech at a NATO summit in Brussels, where he called out European leaders for not paying their agreed-upon share for the alliance’s military defense.

“The times when we could fully count on others are over to a certain extent. I have experienced this in the last few days,” Merkel said in an apparent reference to interactions with Trump last week at the NATO and G-7 summits in Europe. “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain, with other neighbors wherever possible, also with Russia.”

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