“Nothing would have been easier for me politically than to refuse to engage with Putin. I’d rather take a political risk in the pursuit than to risk peace for political reasons.”
— President Trump on meeting with Vladimir Putin
The quote above says everything that needs to be said about the recent USA-Russia summit in Helsinki, Finland.
Sure, some aspects of the meeting were problematic. Sure, not everything that the President said was helpful. Sure, some of the meeting could have been handled differently.
But that one sentence should be the highlight of the entire event. We should want our leaders continually engaging with our allies and our opponents in an effort to always be moving forward in the search for peace. ALWAYS.
Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) believes that the media has gotten the whole Trump-Putin-Helsinki narrative all wrong, and he recently praised the President for attempting to work for peace in good faith.
Overall when I think of the summit, I see Trump going along with what I have talked about for years, a little bit of diplomacy never hurt.
And I would say that this is significant diplomacy. It has to be that the neo-cons aren’t very happy, because Trump sounded pretty reasonable and I think Trump won on this. I don’t think Putin was seen in a bad light. I think the two of them weren’t out there to have fisticuffs or a boxing match, and they were good.
Which, some will say they didn’t accomplish anything, they didn’t do this, this, or this.
Just talking to people face to face, I think, is so significant. I thought it was very worthwhile.
The problems are still out there…
The effort put in in this country toward the anti-Russian mood is so strong, and that is a mixed deal because it is, like I say, so many things are bipartisan. Hatred toward Russia is bipartisan, and I think that is sad. You hear constantly, and when you look at the indictments. I was delighted to see them go through and have the press conference.
My guess is there will be a lot of nitpicking, and I don’t think we’ll see CNN and MSNBC saying Trump did better than we expected. But anyway, I think the world didn’t suffer from the summit, and hopefully, it can be a beginning rather than an end…
I think this is fascinating, what is going on. I think it is such a benefit, that I wonder what it would be like if you had two people like that. It would be much easier if they both spoke the same language. They could just sort it out. Do what never could be done. This is helpful, but it doesn’t come down to the point of putting out on the table the truth about Ukraine, let’s put that on the table.
Who’s at fault? is it all the Russians? In this country [we say] it is all the Russians. They invaded Crimea and took over East Ukraine, and Ukraine is a mess because of what they’ve done. But never will they talk about the coup [of the Russian-backed leader in 2013] and how our government was involved, what the West has done. It is the same about economics, about the oil and the sanctions. As good as Trump has been, there is a lot to good diplomacy if you have good diplomatic markets working, and not playing the power games. But I think at least they are talking and maybe they could move in that direction.