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What the World is Saying About Trump’s Disastrous Meeting With Putin



Immediately after the much anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, American media, including several right wing organizations attacked President Trump for his actions and lack thereof.  The vast majority of the American media concluded that President Trump did not act appropriately at the meeting of the two world leaders.

Trump and Putin Caricature – Source: Wikimedia Commons

So how did the rest of the world react?  Read below.

France’ La Croix newspaper:

Russia had entered the meeting in a weak position. But Vladimir Putin, who found these talks “very successful and very useful,” came out strengthened. In this whole affair, Donald Trump has gone against Congress and his own administration, who were camped on a hard line against Moscow. He troubled NATO and his European Union allies after reprimanding them last week. This showing by Donald Trump, like his trade war, is disturbing.

In Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newpaper, Franco Venturini writes in his article titled “The American Surrender to Putin”:

The same Donald Trump who had mistreated NATO allies, the same Donald Trump who had advised the British Theresa May to sue the EU, the same Donald Trump who had called Europe the enemy, yesterday provided support for Vladimir Putin who emerged victorious from the Helsinki summit.

Certainly Ukrainians can’t be very happy as President Trump refused to condemn Russia for their annexation of Crimea.  Ukrainian Oleksandr Savchenko wrote a very harsh piece entitled “Trump sold my country for a photo-op and a football”:

Over the past five days, U.S. President Donald Trump has belittled NATO, insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, humiliated U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, disrespected the British queen and declared the European Union to be “a foe.”

Now, in a sycophantic meeting in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has sold out my country.

CBC in Canada had some very harsh words for President Trump.  Matt Kwong wrote an article titled “Trump, standing with Putin, sided with him over U.S. intel. Is this the dawn of ‘America’s surrender’?”:

Trump’s response in the press conference instead struck critics as a breathtaking statement of surrender. It was perceived as cementing a shift in the global order — one in which an era of American leadership has been replaced by one of American acquiescence.

What might have been a breezy affirmation by the U.S. president backing his own intelligence community devolved into a mini-tirade, with Trump fuming about Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton’s emails and demanding the whereabouts of the “missing” Democratic National Committee server.

Trump recently was in the UK to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.  He landed in Great Britain to hundreds of thousands of people protesting his arrival.  After the Putin meeting, you can’t imagine people in Great Britain or anywhere in the UK feeling any better about the relationship that their country has with Donald Trump.  The Guardian in the UK had some harsh words for President Trump after his meeting with Vladimir Putin.  In fact, the title of the article, by David Smith, says it all:  “Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling”.

Donald Trump has been condemned as “treasonous” for siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies after a stunning joint appearance with Vladimir Putin in which he seemingly accepted the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling.

At a joint press conference after one-on-one talks lasting more than two hours in the Finnish capital, the US president offered no criticism of Putin or the cyber-attacks that the US intelligence community says he coordinated to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Trump left Germany, and Germany released comments condemning the White House, saying that they can no longer ‘completely rely on the White House‘. After Trump’s disastrous meeting with Putin, German newspaper Spiegel had some very unkind words for the U.S. President.

Trump’s whiplash visit to Europe is finally over, the US president is leaving for home and this is good news. The owner of the White House made a real stir in the Old World, greatly upsetting Germany and Britain with his statements. [These nations were] previously considered the most reliable allies of the States.