No one knows what President Trump told Vladimir Putin in Helsinki—or why even his own national-security adviser was excluded from the room.
In his zeal to get warmer relations, the president made it politically impossible to get them.
In Helsinki, the Russian president didn’t confess to meddling. But he left no doubt about who he wanted to win the U.S. election.
A “400 pound” person, someone living in New Jersey, and now “a lot of people out there”
Helsinki set the global stage for diplomatic theater, but Putin ran the show.
The former president finally did what his supporters have waited for him to do since Donald Trump became president. He spoke up.
The spectacle in Helsinki is over. Now it’s time for Congress—and the American people—to act.
The president’s performance in Helsinki wasn’t defensible—but neither was it treasonous.
The notion that America can simply move beyond Russia’s electoral interference is fantasy.
In his own news conference with Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron displayed strength and diplomatic agility. President Trump? Not so much.
Trump said nothing new in Helsinki—but his remarks clarified and distilled into a single frame his appalling disregard for an assault on America.
The president found no safe harbor on his favorite network after his controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president’s remarks casting doubt on Russian interference in the 2016 election drew rebukes both implicit and explicit from those close to, and within, his own administration.
In Helsinki, the president preferred to pin the problem on “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity.”
The country can no longer afford to wait to ascertain why President Trump has subordinated himself to Putin—it must deal with the fact that he has.
The GOP can either defend the United States or serve the damaged and defective man who is now its president.
The president of the United States took Vladimir Putin’s word over findings by several American agencies that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.
The U.S. president may be seeking better terms with his counterpart. But the relationship between their countries just seems to keep getting worse.
As Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki, the confrontation reflects a larger—and for now probably unbridgeable—divide.
The Finns are once again preparing to host Russian and American leaders—but the context is very different this time.