The world is nervously awaiting President Trump’s imminent meeting with the man who helped win him his election, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, which is set to take place in Helsinki on Monday – presumably, so Trump can spend the weekend golfing at his Scottish resort.
The past few days have seen President Trump go out of his way to offend our NATO allies and drive a wedge in our international relationships, his determined alienation campaign punctuated by his inexplicable decision to give an exclusive interview to Britain’s the Sun newspaper in which he trashes Prime Minister Theresa May just hours before the two were to meet.
The dissolution of NATO and the disruption of the Western balance of power has been a Russian foreign policy goal for decades now, and they appear to have finally found a way to make it happen.
While Trump has vehemently denied that Russia helped him win the election or that he’s being blackmailed by Russian intelligence services with a pee tape, his actions speak otherwise. Trump consistently goes out of his way to defend Putin and Russia at every turn while provoking inexplicable and unnecessary conflicts with our allies.
Which is why a great many people are very worried about the upcoming meeting with Putin, and not just because the President’s brains appear to be leaking out of his ears.’
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rose from his sickbed to sound the alarm about the upcoming meeting and demanded that Trump either promise to confront the Russian president – or cancel the meeting entirely.
“President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”
While John McCain is wrong about almost everything, he makes a very good point here. If the president is unwilling to demand accountability from his Russian counterpart for the extensive cyberwarfare campaign against our political parties and electoral infrastructure, then we certainly shouldn’t trust him to be alone in a room with him.