It seems all that anyone can talk about the last few days is Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian “Czar” Vladimir Putin. News outlets have put out one story after another wondering whether Trump will criticize the Russian president for his meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Am I missing something here?
Why would he? He is the beneficiary of the Kremlin’s efforts to swing the election in his favor and, for all we know, Trump may be directly involved in Russia’s election tampering.
Discuss election meddling with Putin? Seriously?
Here’s the thing. Trump is not smart enough to even try to pretend he is outraged at Russia’s conduct. He likes to believe he won the election fair and square by cheating on his own.
According to the Washington Post, “There is little expectation among Trump’s national security team that the President will bring up Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election during the meeting, according to administration officials and another person close to the White House.”
If Trump does not bring up the topic of election meddling with Putin, it will be like hand-delivering an open invitation to Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterms and beyond.
No, Trump will not have a serious discussion with Putin about his role in the 2016 presidential election. He may discuss how our corrupt and fake news media is trying to undermine his great electoral victory with this Russian “hoax.” He may even joke about it. But criticize?
All any patriotic American can hope for is for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conclude his investigation into the Trump-Russia connection as soon as possible.
Donald Trump is, and continues to be, a national embarrassment. I cannot even begin to imagine how much of a fool he will make of himself when he meets the sly former KGB officer “for the first time” at the Group of 20 summit in Germany on Friday. A dangerous fool, to be sure.
Don’t expect Trump to stand up for American democracy or its electoral integrity.
Even a deaf, dumb and blind dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds him.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)