The world was on the edge of their seats waiting for the meeting between Putin and Trump…..how many shoes would drop in this head to head?
We have an agreement on SW Syria……(I did not know that this region was that important in the grand US plan…but as usual I do not know everything, huh?))…….
The extended meeting came as US officials announced the US and Russia reached an agreement for a ceasefire in southwest Syria set to take effect Sunday. The two leaders were expected to discuss Syria during the sit-down, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson describes the deal as the first indication of the Trump administration and Russia being able to work together in Syria.
Details are still scant on this, and it’s not clear how far east the ceasefire is intended to extend. US officials say the entire goal is to stop attacks against the rebels, while Russia clearly wants the US to stop attacking pro-government forces in the region. There has also been mention of humanitarian aid being allowed in, but past ceasefires have almost uniformly failed at that goal.
The ceasefire is to begin at noon on Sunday, and is open-ended. Tillerson said it could be a first step which, if successful, would be spread to other parts of the country. He also, however, added that the US still insists upon Syrian President Assad.
We all have our opinion on this meeting…..but how did the US media see it?
How did President Trump do at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, which the Wall Street Journal says was hyped by the media “into virtually the second coming of the Reykjavik Summit?” Though the Journal gives the prez a thumbs up, reaction in other quarters of editorial land was decidedly mixed.
- Wall Street Journal: The editors said the sit-down had but one purpose from Putin’s end: “to discover if he will be able to press Russian interests forward without significant pushback” from Trump. How did Trump measure up in the Russian’s eyes? “We can’t guess, ” the paper says, but Trump’s pressing of Putin about hacking in the November election is a “new element in the Trump equation.” By raising the issue, the president “made clear to Vlad that he’ll be dealing with the President of all the American people. That sounds like a positive outcome.”
- Politico: In a column, Molly K. McKew rapped Trump for signaling the US will “move on” from the hacking controversy “with no accountability or consequences for Russia” but with a pledge to work jointly on cybersecurity. She also takes issue with two points: an agreement to not meddle in the other’s doings on the homefront., and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s observation that the Russian strategy in Syria was maybe “more right” than the US approach. “Each of these points represents a significant victory for Putin,” she writes.
- CNN: Commentator David Gergen praised Trump’s performance, saying he “seemed presidential” and calling it “big-league stuff.” He adds, “This seemed like we were back to normal life for the first time, one of the only times in the last few months. This is what we expect from our president.” He adds that “We may agree or disagree with the particulars, but we want our president to show leadership and be at a presidential level.
New York Times: In a column headlined, “Did Putin Have Trump for Lunch,” columnist Nicholas Kristof said he doesn’t “begrudge” Trump’s warm handshake with Putin but bristled at Trump “getting lovey-dovey” with a man involved in election hacking in two countries and the invasion of Ukraine, among other points. As for the deal with Syria, where Russia has “helped the slaughter civilians,” Kristof writes, “It’s great that Trump and Putin reached an agreement that may help Syria, but let’s see whether it translates to advances on the ground.” He says the “really important issue” is North Korea, and Trump “still doesn’t seem to have a strategy to deal with it.”
Slate says that Trump got through the meeting with no gaffes, but Putin was the winner: Even if Lavrov’s version of the election-meddling conversation is an exaggeration, both sides seem to agree that Trump and Putin agreed to “move forward” from the issue, which means “Putin did not, and apparently will not, pay any price for his information-warfare campaign against American democracy.”
After a glowing review from CNN maybe Trump should re-think his “fake news” thing about the network……
I would offer up my analysis but it would be disingenuous……mainly because I did not watch any of it….I had better things to do…..the dog needed a bath.