Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shared the global stage for 46 minutes on Monday evening in Helsinki, Finland. For some in the press, it was an impeachable moment for the American President. But I think it was an important look into the direction of US/Russia relations and another reminder how committed President Trump has always been to not surrendering “the U.S to the false song of globalism“.
Below are three courageous “Trumpisms” from the President which should be analyzed in this light.
“Why haven’t [the FBI] taken the server? Why was FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee?”
This one is absolutely powerful. It sets the stage for what we’re going to see in the coming months. Below is the question and the President’s response. (see questions at 38:45)
AP Reporter Question – “Would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again.”
Trump Response “You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server? Why haven’t they taken the server? Why was FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee? I’ve been wondering that I’ve been asking that for months and months. And I’ve been tweeting it out, and calling it out on social media.”
Russian meddling in the US elections is a false flag. Collusion with the campaign? None. Not one shred of evidence. There is, however, evidence Russian actors (government or not we don’t know) took out $100,000 in Facebook ads. Big deal! They wasted their money on poorly targeted and ineffective ads that held no bearing on the election. They could only manage a meddling strategy in battleground states by spending $1,979 in Wisconsin, $823 in Michigan and $300 in Pennsylvania. Waste! By comparison, Trump’s team spent in the neighborhood of $80,000,000 on Facebook ads in highly targeted, effectively managed battleground states. Hey Russia, if you want a winning Facebook strategy maybe try following this man and learning a thing or two.
And why was their no grand inquisition when Obama’s State Department sent $350,000 taxpayer dollars to an opposition group trying to oust Benjamin Netanyahu in their 2015 elections? The hypocrisy is tragic.
Trump knows all of this. So instead of backtracking, hedging or talking around the question, Trump fires an arrow at the true heart of the matter. And it’s not 100k worth of misspent Facebook ads. The real issue is: how can the FBI withhold vital information from a major ongoing federal investigation? How have 30,000 emails and an entire server disappeared? Trump stopped short of asking why Seth Rich was murdered. But these questions are all pointed in the same direction. These questions speak of the real meddling in our elections and he dared to ask them in front of the world at a meeting with Putin! Some cry treason. I say we can trust the plan.
“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than risk peace in pursuit of politics”.
President Trump, in his prepared remarks, went out of his way to counter numerous detractors. Many criticized his willingness to have face-to-face discussions with Putin. But these detractors are not his voters. The above is vintage Trump; delivering on his promises. Instead of being intimidated by political pressure and the Washington, DC establishment, Trump charged ahead with what he knew to be right.
It’s also interesting the same media who claims Trump is an illegitimate President can also accuse him of legitimizing an “evil Russian strongman”. It’s been 20 years since I studied formal logic. But please tell me how two illegitimate rulers meeting together can ever make something legitimate?
“ACtually I called [Putin] a COMPETITOR. And a good COMPETITOR he is.”
Trump was asked by a foreign journalist how he would repair his relationship with Putin who he saw as an “adversary and rival” (see comment 19:45). His response is classic. It’s worth remembering the distinction the President gives us. While we do not meet with heads of terrorist states like Iran, Russia is a competitor, not an enemy or adversary. We do well to understand that distinction.
Trump is right when he identifies Russia as a competitor in oil and gas. Trump goes on to say that we have some really good sources of LNG in the USA and will put pressure on Russia with our exports. This is true. Eastern Europe is getting too dependant on Russian oil and gas. America can help. Texas to the rescue! Come on Permian Basin and American energy.
However, why must we make Russia into a public enemy and rival? This falls into the same tired and destructive narrative that’s been spun for years. We can not go around calling competitors enemies and rivals, while at the same time seeing real enemies as mere competitors. Make no mistake, we have enemies. But Russia is not the focus right now.
Here’s the reality. The schemes of the real enemies of the United States are currently being discovered, will be brought to light and soon dismantled. Come October 2018 a new light on the mid-term elections will dawn and a sea of dread will descend upon those who plotted against American sovereignty and renewal. They will discover all their best-laid plans have come to nothing and that America’s best days are still before her.