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KRUGMAN: The US is in ‘deeper and more treacherous waters than even the pessimists are saying’

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Paul Krugman is at a loss for the future of the Trump presidency, but he’s not hopeful.

The Nobel-prize winning economist and New York Times columnist is concerned about possible connections between the president-elect and Russia.

We are, I’d argue, in much deeper and more treacherous waters than even the pessimists are saying,” Krugman tweeted Friday. 

The election of Trump is “tainted,” Krugman said, due to the FBI’s announcement regarding its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email just weeks before the vote and the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.

A clever, self-controlled Trump would be careful now to preserve appearances and wait for revenge; but instead he’s confirming his status as Putin’s poodle/stooge with every tweet,” tweeted Krugman. “Pretty soon everyone will think of him as a Manchurian candidate, even those pretending not to.”

Thus, in Krugman’s assessment, once the idea that Trump’s election was “tainted” takes hold there are few options for how it could play out in a positive way.

From Krugman:

Yet there is no normal political mechanism to deal with this reality So what happens? The GOP decides to impeach to install Pence? Mass people-power demonstrations? He orders the military to do something illegal and we have disobedience by the national security state? Or, alternatively, overt intimidation of critics by Trump gangs? Don’t call this silly — tell me how this ends.”

Top intelligence officials have said that Russian government officials were behind the hacks, even as Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of those conclusions. Trump received a briefing Friday from intelligence agencies regarding the Russian hacks.

Krugman has repeatedly tweeted concerns since the election about the Russian influence on the US election as well as concerns over Trump’s conflicts of interest with his businesses, the impact of a possible repeal of Obamacare, and more

Here are all of Krugman’s tweets:

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