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‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the bipartisan criticism of President Trump and Putin bilateral meeting in Finland.
President Trump gave his critics plenty of ammunition while Putin standing next to Vladimir.
Yesterday, the Helsinki press conference, Trump refused, on the side with the findings of their own intelligence services, Putin’s government illegal hacking influence on the choice. Instead, he said, “I can see why it would be” Russia and contrasts with Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful” denial.
He is then swung to “Hillary Clinton’s E-Mails” to the server, and the fact that he beat you in the election.
In a strange way, Putin, seemed to be the indictment of 12 Russian officers more seriously, said he would not look at that in his country the law enforcement authorities to keep cooperation with the Robert-Müller-probe (although I would hold my breath).
With around 1,400 journalists on hand, it was a moment that ricocheted around the world. While we have expected Trump could, diplomatically, to be about the Russian Hacker, he seemed as much if not more weight to the predictable denials of the former KGB agent as his own CIA and the justice Department. Not to mention, Trump national intelligence chief, Dan Coats, who calls the Russian disruption efforts are “ongoing” and “omnipresent.”
But—and this seems to come up whenever I write about the 45. President—some in the media and commentary of the world engaged in extreme rhetoric as well.
MSNBC-contribution of John Brennan, Barack Obama’s CIA Director, called Trump the performance “nothing short of treasonous” and said, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and John Kelly should resign. The normally sober David Axelrod on CNN likening Trump to Neville Chamberlain, after his infamous meeting with Hitler. MSNBC analyst Jonathan the age of the Congress called for the censorship trump. MSNBC’s John Heilemann called it “a historic and comprehensive self-befoulment” of trump.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called presser “perhaps one of the most unworthy, the most appearances by a U.S. President at a summit in front of a Russian leader I’ve ever seen.” Another CNN anchor, John King, called it “the surrender summit.”
At the same time, some on the right also went to the President. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, the two distanced themselves by saying that they believe that the management of the results on Russian hackers.
On Fox News, anchor Neil Cavuto, said Putin “to run appeared to be circles around the President and to buy him … every single devious lie and a false statement he has made on this thing.”
Fox Business anchor Trish Regan said: “He’s defending us! He defends his own intelligence services. Or simply do not meet!” Retired gen Jack Keane, a Fox employee, said Regan, that Trump “walked away from his intelligence community and not stand behind them if they are necessarily the goods on Putin’s interference in our election.”
National Review and the Weekly Standard, delivery hard pieces, and Trump ally, and Fox contributor Newt Gingrich tweeted, “it is the most serious mistake of his presidency that need to be fixed—immediately.”
So Trump is not only the fault of the “liberal media”.
If you cross the two pages like that, you have a serious political problem.
Now the media were not to start just neutral about the Helsinki summit.
The New York Times story on Monday morning: “Just Sitting With trombone, Putin is Progressing.”
The Washington Post analysis: “trump Can’t Beat Putin at His Own game.”
I understand what you were getting. Since Trump is the last week spent in the conflict with the NATO leaders, and not to criticize Putin, he contributes to the undermining of the Western Alliance, as the Russian strongman wants to.
According to this view, the granting of the summit, Trump is inviting Putin back to the family of Nations, to the global sanctions that followed its annexation of Crimea. Not to mention (, Trump poisoned by the own displacement of 60 Russian diplomats after Moscow, allegedly a former spy living in the UK).
What’s more, this criticism says that Trump is uplifting Putin on the world stage, because his country, the gross domestic product is not greater than that of Texas.
But really, what is the alternative? To refuse the second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons, a meeting with the President of Russia, what?
During the worst tensions of the Cold war against the Soviet Union, the American President met with Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev. The Problem is not the mere fact of the meeting, but what if there is no results, the Putin-meeting.
Nobody had to get any expectations for this get-together other than a vague promise of future cooperation. All Trump had to do was from the press conference unscathed. Instead, he turned to waves of condemnation, even in some nominal allies, not receding soon.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.