The White House announced on Thursday morning President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders have planned a July 16 summit in Helsinki, Finland, where they will “discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.”
To no surprise, Trump drew heaps of criticism for agreeing to meet with Putin. I’m sure the late night talk show hosts will also get a kick out of this news.
Members of the Trump administration have made clear that election meddling will be a topic of discussion at the Trump-Putin summit. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a CNN interview that Trump takes election meddling seriously.
“Make no mistake, President Trump agrees Russia interfering in our election is something they simply cannot do,” Pompeo said. “I don’t think he would take any umbrage with that.”
Even Vice President Mike Pence said election interference would come up during the Helsinki talks:
“He’s discussed that with President Putin before. I would anticipate that he will discuss that with him again,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg.
The reality is this summit is not the terrible news it’s being portrayed as by the liberal media.
There are countless issues — aside from alleged meddling in the U.S. election — that would greatly benefit from a discussion between the two world powers, including the trade war, American sanctions on Russia and Syria and the Middle East.
The meeting will take place four days after a NATO meeting, so the Trump administration and the State Department will have adequate time to consider European concerns and demands regarding Russia.
There’s no point in criticizing a mere meeting, no matter how hard the Russian collusion story has been drilled into mainstream American culture.