There are precisely 2 possible descriptions for the shameful performance the world seen on Monday, from a serving American president.
Either Donald Trump is flat-out a representative of Russian interests– possibly witting, possibly unwitting, from worry of blackmail, in hope of future deals, out of manly respect for Vladimir Putin, from appreciation for Russia\’s assistance throughout the election, from pitiful failure to see beyond his 306 electoral votes. Whatever the precise mixture of intentions might be, it doesn\’t really matter.
Or he is so profoundly oblivious, insecure, and egotistical that he did not realize that, at every step, he was advancing the line that Putin hoped he would advance, and the line that the American intelligence, defense, and law-enforcement companies most dreaded.
Conscious tool. Helpful idiot. Those are the options, though both are potentially true, so that the main question is the percentages.
Whatever the balance of inspirations, what mattered was that Trump\’s responses during his joint press conference with the Russian president were equivalent from Putin\’s, starting with the essential claim that Putin\’s guarantees about interference in U.S. democracy (\”He was exceptionally strong and positive in his rejection\”) should have belief over those of his own Department of Justice (\”I believe the probe is a disaster for our country\”).
I am old sufficient to keep in mind Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon informing lies on TV, about Vietnam in both cases, and Watergate for Nixon. I remember the travails and deceptiveness of Costs Clinton, and of George W. Bush in the accumulation to the devastating Iraq War.
However never before have I seen an American president regularly, consistently, openly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people.
Trump manifestly can not help himself. This is who he
is. Those who might do something are the 51 Republican politician senators and 236 Republican representatives who have the power to hold hearings, problem subpoenas, pass resolutions of censure, ensure the stability of Robert Mueller\’s examination, condemn the past Russian election disturbance, coast up securities against the next assault, and in basic defend their country rather than the harmed and defective male who is now its president.
For 18 months, members of this celebration have actually prevented their eyes from Trump, instead of disrupt the Trump elements among their constituency or disrupt the party\’s program on tax cuts and the Supreme Court. They currently bear duty for exactly what Trump has done to his workplace.
With every hour that expires after this stunning efficiency in Helsinki without Republicans doing anything, the more deeply they are stained by this dark moment in American leadership.