FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump faced harsh bipartisan criticism back home for his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, as lawmakers claimed the U.S. president missed a chance to “stand up” to the Russian president on election meddling.
The U.S. president, for his part, called the summit with Putin “deeply productive.” After Democrats for days called on him to nix the meeting in the wake of indictments against Russian officers for U.S. campaign hacking, Trump said he would “not make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics.”
He cited progress on a range of issues, and said it would be a “good thing” to get along with Russia.
However, the president angered members of both parties by saying both countries share blame for damaged relations and by not firmly standing by U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.
Trump said he has great confidence in the intelligence community, but Putin gave a “strong and powerful” denial. He said he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be behind election meddling.
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., countered.
Others were less reserved in their response.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been out of Washington for months battling brain cancer, issued a blistering statement calling the performance “disgraceful.”
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world,” McCain said, calling the president’s comments at the press conference “a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., another Republican often critical of the president, also blasted Trump.
“I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful,” Flake tweeted.
Trump later clarified on Twitter: “As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.’ However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”
Democrats, meanwhile, cranked up the volume on criticism that had already been building for days — especially after 12 Russians were indicted for allegedly hacking Hillary Clinton campaign and other Democratic groups’ emails in 2016.
Former CIA director John Brennan, another frequent critic of Trump, went so far as to effectively accuse the president of treason.
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said: “President Trump’s weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made similar comments, while calling on Congress to ratchet up sanctions on Russia in response to Monday’s events.
“What the president has done is an insult to all Americans,” Schumer said.
Trump is the first non-politician since our nation’s early days to become the President of the United States of America.
As a successful businessman, Trump has always “played the long game” and relied on a keen strategic sense in knowing how to negotiate for not just a short-term win but a long-term win as well.
I believe that is what he was doing yesterday.
If I was in Trump’s position I would not trust the hierarchy of our Intelligence Agencies, either…especially that old Commie, John Brennan.
The Washington Elite and members of the Main Stream Media showed their true colors and their Stage 4 cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome, yesterday.
The Never-Trumpers in the Republican Party joined hands with their brothers and sisters across the Political Aisle in condemning Trump in a show of unity among Professional Politicians who remain offended that a rank outsider somehow became our 45th President.
To put it bluntly, those Washington Insiders on both sides of the Political Aisle who are so offended by President Trump are the ones who put him in office.
Anger has played an important part in the forging of this great country.
It was anger that formed our country….an anger over being held captive to “Taxation Without Representation”…an anger which, as a prime example of history repeating itself, led Americans to choose a Citizen Statesman for their next President over a Professional Politician.
It is this anger, which also propelled Donald J. Trump to his victory in the Republican Primary Race…and those who prefer the Washingtonian Status Quo seem to have forgotten that fact already.
That is why the Republican Establishment, at least some of them, attacked Trump yesterday.
The funny thing is, for all of their angst and “concern” yesterday, if they had not accepted the reality of his Primary Victory, and the fact that Americans were angry, they would have gone down to defeat again in 2016.
They would have never achieved victory by once again trying to push the Jello of “Liberal Moderation” up a hill.
Hence, the failed campaign of Jeb! Bush.
The American people were tired of Political Correctness and anti-American political expediencies being forced down our throats by both political parties and trumpeted by their lackeys in the Main Stream Media.
Donald Trump, for all of his brashness and braggadocio, was a breath of free air and, quite frankly an anomaly. He was not a professional politician. He was a businessman who wanted to become a public servant.
And, so far, what he has accomplished as President has demonstrated that he was up to the challenge.
During his actions since taking office, we have seen Trump exemplify leadership ability and a concern for our country that we did not from his predecessor.
Meanwhile, those on the left are still participating in National Temper Tantrum, as if they have the power to overthrow our Constitution and to end Trump’s Presidency for no reason other than they do not like him.
And, the Never-Trumpers in the GOP Elite would gladly help them.
Unfortunately for the Deep State Operatives within our Intelligence Agencies, Special Counsel Mueller has yet to find any collusion between Trump and the Russians.
So, that will not be happening anytime soon.
And to those Republicans who would rather stand with the Democrats than stand up for a Republican President, it is time for you to go ahead and get it over with and switch parties, go stand with your Democrat Friends, and then sit down and shut up.
It’s not about what you want anymore.
It is about what us average Americans want.
Until He Comes,