'Treason' and 'Traitor' - Top searched words after Trump-Putin conference in Helsinki
A spokesperson for Merriam-Webster also confirmed on Monday that those were the most searched for words on Monday after the press conference in Helsinki.
When the much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland came to an end on Monday, a lot of people across America were looking for apt words to describe the press conference between the duo.
Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster assisted the users on Twitter by providing them with the most-searched words after the leaders met. In a tweet on Monday, Merrian-Webster revealed that the top-searched words at the time on its website included "treason," "traitor" and "collusion."
📈Top searches, in order: treason, abase, traitor, collusion, presser— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 16, 2018
A spokesperson for Merriam-Webster also confirmed on Monday that those were the most searched for words after the press conference in Helsinki, according to HuffPost.
President Trump was heavily criticized for his stance during the press conference with Putin as the Republican refused to blame Russia for their interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, where Moscow was reportedly attempting to influence a Trump win.
Patriot: A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 16, 2018
Traitor: A person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.https://t.co/Keq4fhTlRB
Trump, during the presser, instead told reporters that "both countries" were responsible for the poor ties between the nations. He also reportedly reiterated that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia and also called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of the Russian interference in the American election a "disaster."
Trump's critics are referring to the Republican president entire summit with Putin as the "treason summit."
Merriam-Webster also shared the definition of the word "foe" on Sunday after Trump described the European Union using the same word.
📈To everyone looking it up: yes, 'foe' still means what you think it means. https://t.co/Bq1oqTkXqq— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 15, 2018
Dictionary.com noted that after former CIA director John Brennan described Trump's comments during the press conference as "imbecile," readers on Twitter started looking up for the definition of the term.
Thesaurus.com did not leave the opportunity to mention the searches of its readers either and tweeted multiple synonyms of the word "disaster" after CNN's Jake Tapper described the Trump-Putin meeting as "embarrassing" and "an unmitigated disaster."
President Trump's remarks were condemned by many of the Republicans back home, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said that the president should understand that "Russia is not our ally."
Ryan, in a statement shortly after Trump's joint press conference, said: "There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world."
"That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally," he said. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy."