The first ever formal meeting between the American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in the Finnish capital Helsinki.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 15, 2018
With media outlets labelling the summit to be without an agenda and with little expectations for both heavyweight leaders, it is, however, evident that President Trump and his Russian counterpart did have an agenda: to move forward from the dismal past together without levelling accusations on each other, and the two leaders walked out of the Presidential Palace in Helsinki with some peace of mind.
While everything went as planned – something not often associated with President Trump – there were a few things which proved to be a little annoying for the Republican. The most important thing was the useless questions asked by the media amidst a very positive environment as the leaders of the two nations embarked on a promising journey to work together for the first time ever.
— TruNews™ (@TruNews) July 16, 2018
Here are some of the questions thrown at President Trump to answer:
Before the meeting with President Putin, you called him an adversary, a rival. And yet you expressed hope that you will be able to bring this relationship to a new level. Did you manage to do this?
The context to this question was American supply of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to Europe in place of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline implemented by Russia.
President Trump handled the situation pretty well saying that Putin is ‘a competitor and a very good one’ and that the two countries will be competing on different fronts including the fight for Gas and Oil. An environment which was ushering in positive vibes only, the negative question somehow changed the momentum.
— Donald Trump (@RealPresidentT) July 16, 2018
In another question, a reporter from Reuters diverted the attention towards the Mueller probe while trying to get something out of President Trump as he asked ‘Do you hold Russia at all accountable for anything in particular? If so, what would you consider them that they are responsible for?’
“I do feel that we have both made some mistakes. I think that the probe is a disaster for our country. I think it’s kept us apart. It’s kept us separated”, was President Trump’s answer as he defended his stance on the matter while blaming both the countries for lacking the initiative and efforts to work together before.
The question that really brought all the seriousness to shambles was from a reporter from AP, who asked President Putin about Trump’s compromising pictures.
Putin replied, Do you think that we try to collect compromising material? Well, it’s difficult to imagine utter nonsense on a bigger scale than this. Please disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again. This particular question was right in front of President Trump’s Wife. Has the media no shame??! Just WOW.
Mr. President, would you please go into the details of possibly any specific arrangements for the US to work together with Russia in Syria — if any of these arrangements were made today or discussed?
President Trump was quick to answer the question by saying that the two countries will be working together with Israel and to eradicate ISIS in Syria.
‘Who do you believe’ in the Russian interference in the 2016 elections probe, asked a reporter. “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why”, as he denounced the FBI’s stance.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 16, 2018
Instead of the questions on working together on the economic front and other important aspects, all the American media had to ask revolved around their perceived controversies. Coming side by side to a joint press conference was a huge success and it would have been far better if the media had played its role in bringing the two nations closer.
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