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Why All the Fuss Over the Trump-Putin Summit

Robert Dimuro

Posted on July 15, 2018 10:22

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Is the aging Mueller investigation a credible reason to forgo an opportunity to establish a better relationship with the Kremlin?

Hostile rhetoric toward Russia, which was a major undercurrent during much of the presidential campaign, is still being pushed today by Democrats and Republicans alike. Many in the media, along with many politicians and the FBI, have been at the epicenter of this hostility. In my opinion, our military decisions overseas and the inability to accept President Trump’s election as legitimate are the two phenomena fueling the ongoing distrust and disgust over the Putin regime.

As a result, the upcoming summit has been decried by Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Even top members of Trump’s own administration are urging Trump to cancel the meeting, as the United States charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with election interference on Friday.

As has been the case with Trump’s attitude towards Russia all along, he is taking a practical approach to these allegations against a powerful adversary. While the Mueller investigation continues to drag on without clear evidence of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election or of Trump’s suggested involvement in such meddling, there’s no reason for Trump to make the issue a primary topic of discussion.

Trump is not approaching this summit from a position of contempt or distrust for Putin; rather, he is approaching it from a position of strength and diplomacy. The value of this position with respect to Russia is critical, as the United States seeks to gain from trying to establish a friendly relationship with Putin. Obviously, another Cold War would not be beneficial for either the United States or Russia.

In reality, Russia has not been a threat to the United States, and Putin has repeatedly expressed his wishes for the two nations to find common ground and normalize relations. The Christmas letter sent by Putin to then President-elect Trump is unprecedented and a punch in the gut to those who want to escalate tensions between the United States and Russia – particularly hawkish Republicans and Trump-deranged Democrats.

Despite these facts, the left and the right continue to place more importance in the never-ending Mueller investigation and are urging President Trump to either cancel the summit or hold Putin accountable for the accusations against him and his regime. It makes sense why this is a priority for each side. For either the Left who are resentful of Russia or the Right who oppose it ideologically, this accusation is a way to conjure up distrust and hostility towards Russia – helping to justify in a more practical sense that Russia should not be our friend.

Moreover, the idea that Putin and Trump were in collaboration has been vocalized to suggest that Trump’s motives are not to be trusted either. In the third presidential debate, Hillary Clinton even suggested that Trump may end up being a puppet used by Putin to advance his agenda.

Many of these accusations are baseless, blatantly biased, and besides being quintessential examples of fake news, reveal how much of a threat Trump still is to the establishment and political elite in America.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on July 15, 2018 10:22

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