President Trump should have held Vladimir Putin accountable for his transgressions, holds Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. He should have used their meeting in Helsinki to address Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the hacking of Democratic party emails and killings planned on foreign soil. Trump offered Putin nothing but appeasement mere days after calling the EU America’s biggest foe. Meanwhile, he heaped great praise upon the Russian leader. This behavior benefits Russia greatly and undermines America’s values. It also raises the question of whether Trump really is colluding with Putin.
While Russia and America may have a troubled history, President Trump is right to seek to improve relations with the country, infers Angelo Codevilla of American Greatness. Both he and Vladimir Putin communicated in Helsinki that they want to put the past behind them and build a better future together. Securing cooperation in the Middle East is one major achievement that benefits all involved. The US media has tried to paint Trump’s diplomacy in many negative ways, but he is taking the right steps to reduce tensions with Russia. Criticizing and alienating Putin wouldn’t be productive in achieving this goal.