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Every day, new articles come out accusing President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia. The diversity of these articles range anywhere from opinion pieces to attempts at objective reporting. Such stories are confusing to many who do not keep up with the news on a regular basis and annoying for those that do. On top of this, because of the numerous narratives surrounding any particular stories, there can be confusion surrounding who can be trusted. This uncertainty prevents many from understanding the objective facts of a story.

Opinion passed off as truth

In a time where opinion is passed off as truth and the facts are buried beneath a pile of headlines, it is important to understand the veracity of what is happening in our country and believe in truth despite how we may feel about it.

Over President Trump’s now almost two-year-long political career, numerous allegations have been held against him. Headlines such as CNN’s “Trump on Pace to Surpass 8 years of Obama’s Travel Spending in 1 year,” The New York Times’ “Hillary Clinton Says Russia Used Hacking to ‘To Great Effect’ in Her Defeat” and Politico’s article “The Definitive Guide to Trump’s Russia Ties” may appear to have something of substance against President Trump but, if examined closely, readers can see this is far from the case.

Less than a month after Barack Obama first took office in 2009, he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a stimulus package that cost the country $831 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The act aimed to keep unemployment from surpassing eight percent of the estimated working American population, but by October of that same year it had reached ten percent. Meanwhile in 2017, Trump has already spent above an estimated 20 million, according to The Hill, on trips to Mar-a-lago, his home away from home where he goes golfing and hosts foreign powers such as the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi. Not only has he spent less overall, but has also used his “Winter White House” as essentially a meeting place that is more pleasant than, say, the center of Washington D.C.

once again tossed in the air

In the New York Times article, Russians’ allegations are once again tossed in the air. From first glance it seems like Hillary Clinton might be right that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, but this is false. The fact remains that no matter how many times Hillary Clinton, minority leader Nancy Pelosi and California Representative Maxine Waters decide to cry Russia, the facts still remain. Little evidence has been found that supports the idea that Russia influenced the election. This comes from numerous sources including James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence under Obama and a joint analysis report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.

These are the facts associated with the Russia-Trump conspiracy repeatedly brought up by leftists. Politico’s article speaks for itself. As Trump continues to run the executive branch, he will continue to thwart attempts aimed at the defamation of his character through actions or words. The recent attack on Syria, an ally closely associated with Russia, proves Trump is not buddy-buddy with Putin. Despite this overwhelming amount of evidence, one can expect fake news to attempt to continue this false narrative in the months to come.

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  1. Disappointed Alumnus

    It's simply ridiculous to say that Trump hasn't tried to be buddy buddy with Putin over the course of the last couple of years. Trump has made statement after statement saying how much he looks up to Putin and Putin's leadership. Trumps first campaign manager Paul Manafort, worked for the Kremlin for many years and that's publicly available information. Trump's Secretary of Defense received the Order of Friendship personally delivered by Putin back when Tillerson was the CEO of Exxon. Michael Flynn resigned faster than any administration official in history because of his connections to Russia and lying about his meetings with Russian contacts. Roger Stone who worked alongside Paul Manafort during Trump's campaign literally tweeted out about emails were about to be released that would be terrible for Clinton within a couple hours of the emails being released. Oh and Roger Stone has his own Russia connections.

    Russia interfered with our elections by spreading fake news articles regarding Hilary Clinton both from a conservative perspective and also a far left perspective to appeal to both conservatives and the Bernie crowd. That's not speculation, that's a fact. There is overwhelming evidence that the Trump campaign did in fact talk with Russian contacts throughout his campaign. Donald Trump Jr talked with Fabien Baussart, who helped Russia in the Syrian civil war. Ivanka Trump met with Wendi Deng who is good friends of Putin throughout the campaign. Jared Kusher and Michael Flynn literally met Sergey Kislyak the Russian Ambassador to the U.S in Trump tower. You can go even deeper if you want with Trump's Russian connections and talk about his business associate Felix Sater, who has worked closely with Trump and has been indicted in stock fraud with Russian mafia ties and is directly connected to Putin.

    There is video of Trump calling on Russia to hack Hillary's emails at a press conference. Think about that, a presidential candidate called upon a foreign enemy of ours to hack a political opponent...

    Yes, Trump isn't doing exactly what Putin would probably want right now in regards to Syria. However, there is overwhelming evidence that Russia did interfere with our election. Putin doesn't necessarily care about Trump but he does care about creating chaos and distrust in America and to that end Putin was successful in this last election cycle.

    There are many in the government who give real credibility to the Trump/Russian connections, and it's not just the left. Republican Senator John McCain has asked for a select committee to investigate Trump's ties to Russia and has said that "there's a lot of aspects of this whole relationship (referencing Trump) with Russia and Vladmir Putin and requires further scrutiny. And so far, I don't think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there's a lot more shoes to drop from this centipede".

    April 12, 2017

  2. Jared Sumners

    A lot of logical fallacies in this one. First, it begs the question. The article says to "believe the truth." No one disputes this; the question is which truth is right. You make it sound like "leftists" (which is not a helpful distinction btw) choose to believe false stories. Maybe what you're referring to is willful blindness w/r/t the facts. In that case, talk about WHY you think "leftists" are mistaken, rather than asserting THAT you think they're mistaken (the definition of an opinion btw). And, this is just a thought, but a stimulus package (that worked) is different than paying millions to golf at a resort that bears Trump's name. Further, the Russian allegations are not invented if the FBI is actively investigating it, and if we know Trump officials communicated with Russia. In terms of media outlets "defaming" the president, he has done that himself. Anyone who is a serial adulterer, sexual assaulter, racist, and so much more, doesn't need help defaming himself. April 12, 2017

  3. Steve

    As an Alumni of Biola, it is nice to see an opinion of truth being put forward in the Chimes. There has been too much Left Liberal leaning opinion articles lately, so much so, as I thought I was reading a Communist propaganda rag.

    Nice job Christian. April 13, 2017

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