July 20, 2018

All Things Russia

. (The Flip Side)

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The left is concerned that we may never know what transpired between Trump and Putin.

The right remains divided about the meeting.

Both Putin and Trump have shown an affinity for bending -- and breaking -- the truth when it suits their needs. That's never a good thing, but it's a really not good thing when they are the only two people

aside from the translators) who know what really happened in that room. And when the geopolitical fate of the world rests, at least in part, on what transpired between the two men, that's worrisome.”

CNN

Moreover, “that [Trump] would think that turning over a diplomat to Russia could ever be possible shows his ignorance and the degree of his submission to Putin, and underscores that he should not hold such meetings alone.”

Newsday

“No, Donald Trump is not guilty of ‘treason,’a word that’s been bandied about much too loosely this week...

"Trump’s behavior in Helsinki is, however,

New York Times

Meanwhile, “the joint CyberCom-NSA Russia group is working with the FBI, the CIA and Department of Homeland Security, each of which has its own initiative to detect and deter Russian influence operations... The agencies are working within their own authorities, but ‘the lack of presidential guidance to address this as a national problem impedes the ability’ to carry out a more robust and effective effort.”

Washington Post

The right remains divided about the meeting.

“Whatever one thinks of what he said in Helsinki, the overreaction is helping him plow through yet another media meltdown... Mr. Trump intuits, correctly, that the media push the issue in order to undermine his legitimacy. He obviously has no interest in helping them do that, hence he challenges the question’s premise.”

Wall Street Journal

The shocked, shocked response at Russian meddling in American domestic matters appears as a natural consequence of blanking out on the 20th century... That an agent of the same KGB that engaged in dirty deeds during the Cold War now leads the Russian nation and employed over-the-top tactics to intrude on the 2016 U.S. presidential election flows from the history that preceded.”

The American Spectator

“From the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats following the poisoning in Britain, to the countless sanctions levied on Russia, to the sale of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, to increased U.S. oil production, to calls for more NATO defense spending, Trump has been extremely tough on Russia.”

Washington Examiner

Some point out that “recklessness is par for the course with President Trump. When voters sent a wrecking ball to Washington they did so with an awareness that it might break things. But what happened in Helsinki was also... weak and cowardly. Those are things America cannot afford to be. Those are things Brand Trump cannot afford to be, either.”

Washington Examiner

At the same time, “in no way should a president be put under threat of having comments made in private to another foreign leader exposed unless indisputable evidence exists of possible malfeasance or collusion... The Democrats know this will never happen and are only calling for the interpreter to testify as a means to create unnecessary suspicion around the Trump-Putin meeting.”

Daily Wire

Congress has no role in negotiating with foreign powers... Unless there existed actual and objective evidence of a crime being committed — as opposed to a foolish foreign policy choice — Congress has no oversight role in these kinds of conversations between a president and another world leader.”

Hot Air

On the bright side...

The last U.S. Blockbuster thrives on great customer service — and floppy disks.

CBC

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