Donald Trump has finally reached his summit with Vladimir Putin. He has been pushing for months and appears to be almost desperate in recent weeks to privately face the Russian president. The last time they had a private chat and were at the G20 meeting in Germany almost a year ago. Since then a lot has happened. The boys have a lot to catch up with.
We do not know exactly what happens to the office of Special Adviser Robert Mueller because his employees are not expiring. But one can not help but feel that the President and his congressional aides know something, because they behave with more manic intensity than usual. On Thursday, House Republican grilled FBI director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as if they were suspected of being moles for Al Qaeda. It was bad enough that Rosenstein, who has always stood out as a very measured fellow, almost lost control of Republican Jim Jordan, a Republican of the Ohio Freedom Party:
Accuse the deputy attorney general, who was under oath, of A cover-up as part of a nested conspiracy theory to conceal the secret agreement of the President with the Russian government is one of the boldest examples of "the refs work" the GOP has ever conceived. Some Republicans are obviously trying to get the FBI and the DOJ to question all their actions and at least look over their shoulders. In the worst case, they create the foundation to give the president a false foundation on which to investigate. Whatever their plans may be, they are increasing rapidly.
President Trump tweeted this before the hearing:
Russia continues to say that it has nothing to do with interference in our election! Where is the DNC server, and why did not Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents take it and examine it closely? Why is Hillary / Russia not considered? So many questions, so much corruption!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
After all this time, Trump continues saying that the Russian government has nothing to do with the election interference, which even its defenders in Congress as Have accepted facts. In fact, it is almost as if this is going to be a kind of signal:
The President again defends Russia's innocence in sabotage that has helped him * to be elected as he convenes a summit w Putin is the same as his "Russia, if you hear" moment. He tells them to keep going!
– Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 28, 2018
Given the pressure that Trump is drawing from the Mueller investigation, planning a summit with Putin and his public defense is a bizarre strategy because he has something to communicate. But he seems almost desperate to deliver even .
It was also strange that Trump was standing on the White House lawn on the way to the G7 summit in Canada and declared this without any prompting Russia back in the group. This was not on the agenda or at the top of the list of important topics. Again, it is being investigated whether Trump may conspire with the Russian government so it is extremely strange that he would argue that if he did not feel compelled to do so. He discussed the topic again at the meeting, and apparently it was more contentious than we knew then.
Axios has reported that Trump said of the upcoming NATO meeting, "It will be an interesting summit, NATO is as bad as NAFTA. It is far too expensive for the US." (He said this directly after his ridiculous remark that Crimea belongs to Russia because everybody speaks Russian there.)
Trump complains that NATO countries have not paid for the president since the beginning of his election campaign, which is nothing new. According to the New York Times, he misconceived that "there is a NATO Treasury that owes its members debt and that the allies are lagging behind in their payments." In fact, each country sets its own military spending and has increased by about $ 87 billion over the last four years. (I think the Times Trump might be wrong about it, thinking that NATO members are paying the US for "protection" and he wants them to pay more.)
Whatever Trump's reasoning about his affinity But help yourself, but wonder if this boring reef will not be his excuse for ending the alliance as he tore up the Paris climate treaty and the Iran deal. The European allies are certainly concerned about this possibility, and there is no doubt that Vladimir Putin would like it very much.
That's not the only "result" Trump tried to gather in advance of the big meeting. CNN reports that Trump privately developed the idea of taking US troops with King Abdullah of Jordan from Syria because he believes he can conclude a so-called "restricted zone" in southwestern Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As soon as possible come out. " This would undoubtedly appeal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is allied with the Russians, and the Iranian government.
As Josh Rogin of the Washington Post reported, Trump has done his best to destabilize the European Union, which is also a useful goal for Putin. Obviously, when French President Emmanuel Macron visited the White House, Trump suggested that France leave the EU and tell Macron that he could better negotiate directly with the US (which suggests so much ignorance that it is hard to believe). that Macron's head has not exploded) Like the rest of us, he has to deal with the man. At a rally this week, Trump said, "The European Union was established, of course, to take advantage of the United States to attack our piggy bank." That's nonsense. "
As Rogin points out, Trump has rejected American allies since joining the President, but he has become much more aggressive lately, even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others have tried to downplay his contemptuous stance, the rest of the world is no longer confident that it is everything, it seems as if the President of the United States is really anxious to smash long-standing American alliances in a way that will benefit Russia.
As far as we know, in return he does not have to demand anything from the Russians, even if he did, He would probably meet the same type of agreement he had with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un n had – spend something valuable in return for a cheerful handover and a television program. It was reported this week that new satellite images show that North Korea is rapidly upgrading its nuclear research center. Ups.
Trump can not resist a strong man. They blind him with their attention and their "respect". But even under these conditions Putin seems to be a special case. Trump is now raging against the clock to offer the Russian president something tangible, although the political risks for him and for the country are enormous. One has to wonder if he is trying to defeat Mueller's investigation or Putin's deadline.