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Melinda Haring | Helsinki Was Bad, but It Could Have Been Far Worse

There’s no dancing around it. Donald Trump got schooled in Helsinki. President Vladimir Putin put on a hell of a show. The masterfully prepared former spy buttered up the US president at every opportunity, and even tossed him a soccer ball from the just-completed World Cup that Russia hosted to lighten up the press conference. Smart analysts knew that this was coming. Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia, pointed out in The Washington Post that Putin has a far better understanding of international affairs than Trump after two decades in power. Laying all that aside, the Trump-Putin summit was a disaster for US interests and how the world perceives America. One commentator called it a press conference of platitudes. It was far worse. The right phrase is moral equivalency. Trump looked like an insecure junior partner with his bright red tie and contrived power poses. Putin, who often looked bored in a muted blue tie, spoke first and talked about specific countries and specific foreign policy problems. When Trump got the microphone, he couldn’t stop talking about his “brilliant campaign” and how he won a race two years ago fair and square. Putin couldn’t have been more delighted. The fireworks came when a journalist asked what Trump holds Russia responsible for. Rather than saying interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, the downing of flight MH-17 over Ukraine and the death of 298 innocents in 2014, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Georgia, the invasion and occupation of eastern Ukraine, or the poisoning of a former KGB spy in Salisbury, England, he said we are all to blame. Nothing could be further from the truth. Naturally, Putin denied interfering in the US elections, cleverly offering Russian cooperation to get to the bottom of things. When pressed, Trump refused to say whether he believes his own intelligence agencies or Putin. What followed didn’t generate many headlines, but it was far more revealing about Trump’s understanding of Putin’s murderous regime. “I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia],” Trump said, even though his intelligence agencies are convinced it was. There’s every reason to believe it was Russia. By letting Putin off the hook in such a public setting, Trump just gave him a green light to interfere not just in future US elections but wherever he pleases without fear of the slightest confrontation. Trump went out of his way to be conciliatory. Before the summit, he took to Twitter to blame the United States for poor US-Russian relations, blasting the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and repeatedly praising Russia for hosting the World Cup. After bashing German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the decision to greenlight Nord Stream 2, the controversial $11 billion gas pipeline from Russia to Europe that will circumvent Ukraine and give Russia more control over European gas, Trump more or less shrugged when in the presence of Nord Stream 2’s biggest backer. There is a silver lining. Nothing happened. Trump didn’t give anything away during the public part of the summit. Many had feared that Trump would gamble away Crimea or promise to lift US sanctions on Russia. He did neither. US policy on Crimea remains the same: Crimea is Ukraine. Trump himself didn’t mention Ukraine during the press conference. Putin did, and he said that the United States needs to push Kyiv to work harder on Minsk, which is the failed ceasefire agreement that the separatists he supports in eastern Ukraine continually violate. It’s a totally bogus thing to say, but Trump let him get away with it. Anyone who has followed Ukraine over the last four years knows that solving the conflict depends on political will in Moscow. Monday’s Trump-Putin summit revealed a pressing need to reinvigorate Russian studies at universities across the United States. The president doesn’t seem eager to educate himself, but there is always hope for the American public. It’s no secret that Russian studies departments have dried up. One professor at University of Virginia told me that interest in Russia waxes and wanes according to how menacing Putin is. US experts on Russia can barely make a living in the United States, living from grant to grant. It’s time to step up public funding for regional studies and language grants again. Trump doesn’t have much of a reputation as a reader. But there’s a first time for everything, and if he wants to open a book, an excellent place to start would be Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Fiona Hill, his own National Security Council senior director for Russian and European Affairs. Melinda Haring is the editor of the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert blog and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Helsinki was bad, but it could have been far worse – 112.international

There’s no dancing around it. Donald Trump got schooled in Helsinki. President Vladimir Putin put on a hell of a show. The masterfully prepared former spy buttered up the US president at every opportunity, and even tossed him a soccer ball from the just-completed World Cup that Russia hosted to lighten up the press conference. Smart analysts knew that this was coming. Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia, pointed out in The Washington Post that Putin has a far better understanding of international affairs than Trump after two decades in power. Laying all that aside, the Trump-Putin summit was a disaster for US interests and how the world perceives America. One commentator called it a press conference of platitudes. It was far worse. The right phrase is moral equivalency. Trump looked like an insecure junior partner with his bright red tie and contrived power poses. Putin, who often looked bored in a muted blue tie, spoke first and talked about specific countries and specific foreign policy problems. When Trump got the microphone, he couldn’t stop talking about his “brilliant campaign” and how he won a race two years ago fair and square. Putin couldn’t have been more delighted. The fireworks came when a journalist asked what Trump holds Russia responsible for. Rather than saying interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, the downing of flight MH-17 over Ukraine and the death of 298 innocents in 2014, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Georgia, the invasion and occupation of eastern Ukraine, or the poisoning of a former KGB spy in Salisbury, England, he said we are all to blame. Nothing could be further from the truth. Naturally, Putin denied interfering in the US elections, cleverly offering Russian cooperation to get to the bottom of things. When pressed, Trump refused to say whether he believes his own intelligence agencies or Putin. What followed didn’t generate many headlines, but it was far more revealing about Trump’s understanding of Putin’s murderous regime. “I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia],” Trump said, even though his intelligence agencies are convinced it was. There’s every reason to believe it was Russia. By letting Putin off the hook in such a public setting, Trump just gave him a green light to interfere not just in future US elections but wherever he pleases without fear of the slightest confrontation. Trump went out of his way to be conciliatory. Before the summit, he took to Twitter to blame the United States for poor US-Russian relations, blasting the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and repeatedly praising Russia for hosting the World Cup. After bashing German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the decision to greenlight Nord Stream 2, the controversial $11 billion gas pipeline from Russia to Europe that will circumvent Ukraine and give Russia more control over European gas, Trump more or less shrugged when in the presence of Nord Stream 2’s biggest backer. There is a silver lining. Nothing happened. Trump didn’t give anything away during the public part of the summit. Many had feared that Trump would gamble away Crimea or promise to lift US sanctions on Russia. He did neither. US policy on Crimea remains the same: Crimea is Ukraine. Trump himself didn’t mention Ukraine during the press conference. Putin did, and he said that the United States needs to push Kyiv to work harder on Minsk, which is the failed ceasefire agreement that the separatists he supports in eastern Ukraine continually violate. It’s a totally bogus thing to say, but Trump let him get away with it. Anyone who has followed Ukraine over the last four years knows that solving the conflict depends on political will in Moscow. Monday’s Trump-Putin summit revealed a pressing need to reinvigorate Russian studies at universities across the United States. The president doesn’t seem eager to educate himself, but there is always hope for the American public. It’s no secret that Russian studies departments have dried up. One professor at University of Virginia told me that interest in Russia waxes and wanes according to how menacing Putin is. US experts on Russia can barely make a living in the United States, living from grant to grant. It’s time to step up public funding for regional studies and language grants again. Trump doesn’t have much of a reputation as a reader. But there’s a first time for everything, and if he wants to open a book, an excellent place to start would be Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Fiona Hill, his own National Security Council senior director for Russian and European Affairs.

US President and his Russian counterpart met in Helsinki – 112.international

Trump declines to side with the US intelligence over Putin

Putin Says He Agreed With Trump to Secure Syria Border With Israel – Bloomberg

Russia has agreed with the U.S. to secure Israel’s Golan Heights frontier with Syria, a line set in 1974 at the end of their last war, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Donald Trump & Nord Stream 2: President’s Stance Softens | National Review

It’s more important than ever that Americans remember who their allies are.

Putin suggests Russia and US could work together to regulate oil prices

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Moscow and Washington could cooperate to soothe volatility in the oil market that has roiled the industry in recent years.

Trump considers annexation of Crimea illegal, Putin says | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that U.S. President Donald Trump considers the annexation of Crimea illegal but added that Russia “puts paid to this issue,” an UNIAN correspondent in Russia reports. The head of the aggressor state believes that the Russian Federation held in the Ukrainian Crimea a referendum on the accession of part of the Ukrainian territory to Russia “in line with international law.”

Trump did not back down on positions on Ukraine and Crimea – Poroshenko – 112.international

The President called Putin’s answer about the annexation of Crimea ridiculous

Trump did not back water on Ukraine – Poroshenko | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said U.S. President Donald Trump adheres to the stance on the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by the Russian Federation. U.S. President Donald Trump never mentioned Ukraine during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Trump silent on Ukraine throughout joint presser with Putin | UNIAN

U.S. President Donald Trump never mentioned Ukraine during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki following eye-to-eye talks between the two leaders. At the same time, the American leader spoke about the situation in Syria, Iran, and North Korea.

UAWire – Putin assures Trump that Russia will continue gas transit through Ukraine

At a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured the US President that Russia …

Putin: Russia would respond “negatively” if NATO were to add either Ukraine or Georgia to alliance | UNIAN

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would respond “negatively” if NATO were to add either Ukraine or Georgia to the alliance. Putin says it is a direct and immediate threat for Russia’s national security.

Poroshenko calls Putin’s words about “referendum” in Crimea ridiculous | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the “referendum” in Crimea in March 2014 ridiculous. Poroshenko says these are Russians who held the referendum.

Donald Trump tells Piers Morgan that Queen Elizabeth II is “incredible” and explained to him Brexit is “complex” – CBS News

President reveals slightly more detail than leaders normally would after candid conversation with Britain's monarch

Statement from DNI Coats

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511   July 16, 2018   Statement from DNI Coats   The role of the Intelligence Commun…

Cohen backs up intelligence community after Trump casts doubt on Russian meddling | TheHill

President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen delivered a veiled criticism on Monday of the president’s challenge to the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin | Reuters

Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and U.S. leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah.

And The Winner Is… Analysts Say Putin Was Clear Summit Victor

Here are several takeaways from the Helsinki summit and what it means for future relations between Washington and Moscow.

Trump Faces Tidal Wave Of Criticism Over Handling Of Summit With Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump was met with a tidal wave of criticism from friends and critics alike after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with most saying his embrace of Putin while…

Trump Says Putin ‘Strong’ In Denial Of Election Meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump said that President Vladimir Putin “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial” that Russia was involved in hacking aimed at influencing the 2016 U.S. election. Speaking at a joint news conference in Helsinki on July 16, Putin said that “no one can be trusted” but that the leaders needed to find common points of interest. The meeting came days after a U.S. special prosecutor indicted 12 Russian agents in connection with the theft of Democratic Party documents ahead of the U.S. election.

The Crisis Facing America – Defense One

The country can no longer afford to wait to ascertain why President Trump has subordinated himself to Putin—it must deal with the fact that he has.

The Trump-Putin Summit Made a Mockery of Public Diplomacy – Defense One

The Russian may at least have projected strength, but the American delivered a dangerous muddle.

The End of All Illusions – Defense One

Trump said nothing new in Helsinki—but his remarks clarified and distilled into a single frame his appalling disregard for an assault on America.

What Do You Do Now, US National Security Leaders? – Defense One

A key senator says Trump violated his oath of office. An ex-CIA boss says his defense of Putin was “nothing short of treasonous.”

Trump’s Helsinki Bow To Putin Leaves World Wondering: Why? : NPR

Here was Trump passing on the opportunity to confront Putin about the attack on the 2016 election and hold him accountable — two things the administration had promised he would do.

Trump faces bipartisan criticism over press conference with Putin | Fox News

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.

‘How bad was that?’: Even Trump aides question damage done – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump hoped his hotly anticipated summit talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would amount to a triumphant television event. Instead, he returns to Washington facing sharp rebukes even from allies as his stunned aides wonder what went wrong.

Trump versus Putin: A new sheriff is in the White House | TheHill

President Trump is the right man to meet with and rein in the former KGB colonel.

Fallout from Trump’s face-to-face meeting with Putin – YouTube

Fox News Published on Jul 16, 2018 President Trump holds historic summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’

Opinion | Trump Shows the World He’s Putin’s Lackey – The New York Times

Maybe the president is exactly as compromised as he looks.

Negative reviews for Trump meeting with Putin

At the conclusion of President Trump’s extraordinary joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, critical reaction flooded in from members of the media, political analysts and government officials, but none resonated more than that of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Schwarzenegger: Trump looked like a ‘little wet noodle’ during Putin press conference | TheHill

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) tore into President Trump on Monday, saying he acted like a “fan boy” of Russian President Vladimir President in their “embarrassing” press conference earlier in the day.

Trump Moscow Tape or ‘Something Close’ Is Real, and Putin ‘Likely’ Has Something on U.S. President, Senator Claims

“It’s the standard strategy of Russia, when people visit there who are important, to try to get compromising information on them,” Senator Jeff Merkley said.

Heiko Maas: Europe ‘can’t completely rely on White House’ – CNN

Heiko Maas said the EU could “no longer completely rely on the White House” after Trump described the bloc, a key US ally, as a “foe” in an interview.

New York Daily News Scorches ‘Treason’ Trump With Brutal New Cover

The president sparked outrage when he refused to publicly condemn Russian leader Vladimir Putin for Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam | TheHill

Tuesday’s cover of The New York Daily News depicts President Trump shooting Uncle Sam in the head after his jaw-dropping summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Next Question?!’ Trump, Putin Demonstrate The Art Of The Dodge

Does U.S. President Donald Trump blame Russia for any of the problems in bilateral relations? Does Russian President Vladimir Putin have any “compromising information” on Trump or his family? These…

GOP lawmaker: Trump is ‘getting played by’ a former KGB agent | TheHill

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) on Monday tore into President Trump for refusing to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Paul Ryan on Trump-Putin meeting: “Russia is not our ally” – Vox

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) criticized President Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki alongside Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Romney: Trump’s remarks at Putin summit ‘disgraceful and detrimental to democratic principles’ | TheHill

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney tore into President Trump on Monday after Trump challenged the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, calling Trump’s behavior “disgraceful and detrimental to

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