The puppet meets face to face with the man pulling his strings.
According to CNN, this was how Putin greeted Trump:
“Distinguished president, I am delighted to be able to meet you here in Finland. We have been in continual contact by telephone since the last time, and obviously, the time has come to have a business-like conversation because there is so much happening in the world that we need to talk about.”
What is happening in the world?
Like for instance, those people in England being poisoned by a Russian nerve agent? Or the continued attacks on America’s infrastructure? Or the new indictments against the Russian agents who hacked our 2016 elections?
No? None of that?
Trump actually blamed strained relations with Russia on American stupidity:
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
That is what Putin got to read right before he met with Trump. Sort of sets a tone, don’t you think?
Trump also explained why he wants to meet with Putin in private:
Trump requested alone time to better personally assess Putin and develop a leader-to-leader relationship ( along the same lines of why he requested to meet Kim Jong Un alone in Singapore).
Trump has previously expressed anger at leaks coming from his meetings with foreign leaders and told aides he doesn’t want sensitive information leaking from his meeting with Putin.
Trump doesn’t want aides, who may take a harder line on Russia, undercutting or interrupting him in his conversation with Putin.
Pretty clear that the translation of that is simply that Trump does not want people to see him acting as Putin’s subordinate and does not want the media to overhear him receiving his marching orders.
Here was WaPo’s take on the meeting so far:
Seated alongside Putin, Trump began by congratulating Russia on successfully hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, which concluded Sunday, then noted that the United States and Russia have “not been getting along too well” in recent years. He said he hoped that would change and that “I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship.”
“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said, as Putin slouched in his chair. Trump added that the “world wants to see us getting along.”
Trump said he and Putin have a “lot of good things to talk about, and things to talk about,” including trade, military issues, nuclear proliferation and China, in particular, their “mutual friend,” Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Trump did not mention Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign as one of the topics to be discussed.
Of course, he didn’t mention the 201 presidential campaign. After all, he knows exactly what happened and why.
This meeting (Which the Russians refer to as a “summit.”) is clearly one that Putin requested so that he can show the world that Russia is now so powerful it actually has its very own pet US president.
This is just another huge propaganda opportunity for the Kremlin, and America achieves nothing by participating.
Which is just further proof that Donald Trump does not work for the American people.
He works for the guy that helped put him into the White House.
Trump and Putin entered their one-on-one meeting two hours ago. It was scheduled to last 1.5 hours but is still ongoing,a Finnish official says. There are no other advisers or note-takers in the room, other than two interpreters. pic.twitter.com/ur9YIqKg6A
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) July 16, 2018
Putin actually showed up late which left Trump waiting. That is the same power move that Trump pulled on Theresa May.