(National Sentinel) Foreign Policy: The unhinged Left continues its apoplectic response to the first face-to-face meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After Trump said, “I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with President Putin,” followed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s observations that the two men had “positive chemistry” and “connected quickly,” Putin himself opined on the meeting.
The Trump on TV “is very different from the real Trump,” the Russian leader said during a 25-minute press conference following the meeting. On another level, he said, “As for personal relations, I think they are established.”
Putin also addressed the American Left-wing media’s obsession with the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative and Russian “hacking,” which we reported last week was completely bogus, as President Obama’s own cyber security czar admitted to Israeli media.
The Hill reported that Putin reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia meddled in the U.S. electoral process in 2016, and made it clear that he feels the president believes him.
“He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it,” Putin said.
Regarding improving future U.S.-Russia relations — something the Obama administration failed miserably to establish — Putin said, “As for personal relations, I think that they are established.”
“I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said.
RT.com reported that, regarding the issue of cyber security, both Putin and Trump “agreed that there should never be a situation of uncertainty, especially in the future, in this sphere.”
“The US president and I agreed that we’ll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries,” Putin said.
“If we manage to organize this work – and I have no reasons to doubt that – then there will be no more speculation on this topic [of Russia meddling],” he added.
On Syria, where there are deep disagreements between the two sides:
“I think the [US] position became more pragmatic. It doesn’t seem to have changed drastically [compared to the Obama administration], but there’s an understanding that we can achieve a lot by joining forces,” said Putin.
So, there’s this first meeting, now in the books. We’ll see what happens from here. But given Trump’s foreign policy chops thus far, there is no reason to believe (yet) that relations won’t improve from here on. As an early observation, the principle difference now versus the Obama administration is that Putin appears to have a modicum of respect for Trump and his national security/foreign policy team and objectives.
And Trump didn’t even have to bring along a stupid “reset” button.