New York Times: Humiliation in Helsinki

Donald Trump, who boasts about his strength and tough negotiating skills, groveled before Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki. The meeting prompted consternation at home and abroad as well as questions about the president's patriotism and common sense. “Rather than defend the United States against those who would threaten it, he attacked his own citizens and institutions,” writes Mark Landler for the New York Times. “Rather than challenge Mr. Putin, an adversary with a well-documented record of wrongdoing against the United States, he praised him without reservation.” After the summit, Trump suggested that he accepted Putin’s word over that of US intelligence agencies about Russian interference in the 2016 US election. The president blamed a US investigation into that interference for polarizing the country, suggesting that the matter does not require investigation. Trump’s nervous meekness ignited concerns about whether Russia could have compromising material. “So disorienting was Mr. Trump’s performance that at times, it fell to Mr. Putin to try to cushion the blow – as if he recognized the damage that the president’s remarks would cause in the United States,” Landler notes. History will record the summit as a low point for the presidency and the country. – YaleGlobal

New York Times: Humiliation in Helsinki

In summit with Putin, Trump sheds all notions of how a US leader should conduct himself with an adversary abroad – fueling questions about his motivations
Mark Landler
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Read the essay from the New York Times describing the fallout from the summit with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Mark Landler is a White House correspondent at The New York Times. In 24 years at The Times, he has been diplomatic correspondent, bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. He is the author of Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Twilight Struggle over American Power (Random House).

Read the transcript of the press conference.

Trump claims to have misspoke in reponse to a question from Jonathan Lemire of Associated Press:  “would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin - would you denounce what happened in 2016? And would you warn him to never do it again?”

In responding, he intended to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” in the following response:  “…people came to me - Dan Coats [director of National Intelligence] came to me and some others - they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin;  he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would  be, but I really do want to see the server.”

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