President Trump Sides With Putin At Historic Summit
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 17, 2018,
Jul 17, 2018, 15:28
The fallout to the meeting and press conference has called the conduct of both Mr Trump and Mr Putin into question, with the Russian President again denying the Russian state had any part in influencing the USA election - even as a Fox News journalist tried to hand him the indictment documents of 12 Russian intelligence officials during an interview.
"To maintain our partnership with the USA we must readjust it", Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. Fomenting a national political scandal - or better yet, a constitutional crisis - here would be a significant victory for an adversary looking to weaken the US and dispel it from its leadership role in worldwide affairs.
The entire United States intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election but Mr Putin has vehemently denied the allegations.
"We hope that Trump will have enough political will and patience to overcome the resistance and continue dialogue with Russian Federation". "There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election".
The pair had held lengthy talks before - on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam a year ago - but this was their first official summit and was being watched closely, especially following the announcement of new indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails to help the Trump campaign.
Wallace said he did what he suspected Trump did not do in the president's private meeting with Putin - show the Russian leader a copy of the indictments handed down last week against a dozen Russian intelligence officials for their actions in the 2016 presidential election.
"I think that the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said, standing next to Putin at Finland's presidential palace.
"President Trump hasn't been that masterful handling worldwide issues either, but in his way, he's trying to do something about the number of things, whether he's successful, I hope he's successful and I think all Americans will support him if he's successful", Tchantouridze said.
The less traction this campaign gets within the American working population, the more frenzied its promotion by layers of the ruling oligarchy, the media corporations and the vast United States intelligence apparatus.
Some career diplomats also expressed alarm.
Prime Minister Theresa May's government has accused Russia's government of being involved in both poisoning incidents.
"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Twitter.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was blunter: "This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country".
But Republican Senator Rand Paul defended Trump, telling CNN: "Absolutely I'm with the president on this; the (US) intelligence community was full of biased people". Reporters Without Borders notes Trump's "attempt [s] to block White House access to multiple media outlets" and his "call [s] for revoking certain media outlets' broadcasting licenses". It gave no further details.
Angry criticism of his disavowal of his own intelligence agencies came even from within Trump's Republican Party. "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", he tweeted before meeting Mr Putin in Finland.
At the news conference Trump was invited by reporters to offer even a single criticism of Russian Federation, but repeatedly declined.
"I think you see for yourself that these efforts failed".
He reiterated there had been "no collusion" and that he ran a "clean campaign" and beat his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton "easily".
Instead of being portrayed as a duel on the world stage, the summit was viewed in Russian Federation as a meeting of two powerful men who discussed global problems and then had to face down a crowd of pesky journalists.
Friday's USA indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents exploded with embarrassing timing for Trump as he prepared to meet Putin.
From the post-summit presser, it was clear that Putin's objective was not to make concrete policy agreements, but to muddy the waters around his election meddling and make it less likely that the Trump administration will do anything to stop it from continuing. He said Mr Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 election made the USA, "look like a pushover".
House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there was "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the USA and Russian Federation.
Chait suggests that Trump may have been compromised by the KGB, to which Putin once belonged. He referred to the European Union as a "foe" in trade and repeatedly criticised it.
"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".
It's for that reason that since the 2016 campaign Trump has forcefully rejected any suggestion of Russian support for his candidacy.
There were indications of an arrangement to work together and with Israel to support a ceasefire in southern Syria, suggesting that the USA administration is backing off its demand that Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad step down.
Trump said he had discussed the issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel "in pretty strong tones".