Amid Gathering Of World Leaders, Trump’s Meeting With Putin Stands Out
President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. In the coming days, a G-20 summit will be attended to and will satisfy a wide range of world leaders.
It is likely that none of these meetings will be examined more closely than the first face-to-face meeting Trump with Russian President Vladimir Poutine.
Trump has often said he would like to see a closer rapprochement between the United States and the United States. And Russia. But it was complicated by the interference of Russia in the presidential elections of 2016.
Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly praised Putin as a strong leader, who has often contrasted with President Barack Obama.
“I think in terms of leadership, it puts an A, and our president does not go so well,” Trump told Fox News Bill O’Reilly in 2015.
Now that Trump is up and running, national security adviser HR McMaster says he pursued a two-way approach with Russia in search of areas where the two countries can cooperate while facing the Russians for their misbehavior throughout the world.
It’s a confusing message, and Trump himself has tended to emphasize the cooperative component.
“They are a very powerful nuclear country and we also have it,” Trump told a news conference in February. “If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, it’s a good thing, it’s not a bad thing.”
Meanwhile, the Russians have faced left in the hands of others in the administration. After a chemical weapons strike in April by Russia’s Syrian ally, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson complained that relations between the US And Russia had reached a low point. Trump responded by launching a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. Tillerson and accused Russia of not implementing the chemical weapons agreement in Syria.
“It is not clear whether Russia has taken this obligation seriously or if Russia was incompetent,” Tillerson told the G-7 foreign ministers. “However, this distinction does not matter much to the dead.”
Russia also continues to generate international criticism over its occupation of the Crimea, its persistent interference in Ukraine and its political interference in the United States. And elsewhere.
“You have seen Russia in Ukraine,” United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 28. “You saw me bash Russia in Syria. Russia if we see any kind of irregularities Russia And yes, I think Russia is despised in our elections And yes, I said to the president.
It is this last burden that makes the meeting with Putin Trump particularly heavy. The president continues to challenge the finding of US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the US elections to increase their chances of winning. And tightened the FBI director who was studying the possible relations between Russia and the Trump campaign.
A day after the shooting, Russian news agencies have shared photos of a seemingly generous Trump meeting in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Sergey Kislyak. This makes this optical meeting particularly important Putin.
“It will not be good for the president to go home if the pictures come out of this meeting a smiling and jovial President Trump doing fasting with President Putin in the same way that you had pictures outside the oval office with President Trump and Sergey Lavrov, “said Steven Pifer, a retired foreign service agent who oversaw Russian affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
Many members of Congress want the White House Trump to have a stronger stance in Russia. Last month, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Moscow and make the White House more difficult to deal with existing sanctions.
Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution said that while Trump wants to build a more cooperative relationship with Putin, political pressure in the United States leaves little room for maneuver.