Helsinki Summit: Place of Presidential Treason 

The Financial Time has written the following, as Trump and Putin return to their respective countries from their 16.7.18 Helsinki Summit:

FT 16.7.18 By Edward Luce – “…it is hard to compare anything to a US president doubting the word of his own intelligence agencies while standing next to the leader of America’s main geopolitical adversary. The future of the western alliance is now in severe doubt. Mr Trump has made sure of that…”

The New York Times wrote at the same time: 

NYT 16.7.2018 By Thomas L. Friedman – “From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax — never President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his unprecedented cyberhit on our democratic process. Such behavior by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.”

Another column continues…

NYT 16.7.2018 By Charles M. Blow – “Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world, committing an unbelievable and unforgivable crime against this country. It is his failure to defend… America’s commander wants to be chummy with the enemy who committed the crime. Trump is more concerned with protecting his presidency and validating his election than he is in protecting this country… This is an incredible, unprecedented moment.  America is being betrayed by its own president. America is under attack and its president absolutely refuses to defend it. Simply put, Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous.”

The Finns should be pleased that the organisation of the Summit was flawless, but that cannot be said about the outcome. It is hard to recall such treacherous behaviour from any democratically elected president after the Second World War. Nixon, Kennedy, Giscard d’Estaing and few others were involved in some transgressions but there has never been anything like this Helsinki Show…

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