July 17, 2018
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President Trump is getting brickbats from all sides for his press conference with Vladimir Putin for not strongly confronting Putin over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election.  Trump said he did confront Putin privately and at length, and Putin confirmed that.  But Putin denied attempting to interfere in the US election. Trump also is under fire for saying that Putin made an “incredible offer “to have the people working on the case come and work with (Russia’s) investigators with respect to the 12 people” indicted by Robert Mueller.  Trump also said he wants to know why the FBI didn’t get to examine the hacked DNC server these indictments are based on.

RELATED:  Should President Trump have met with Vladimir Putin? 

Trump is getting excoriated for being soft on Russia and criticizing American intelligence agencies, both by fellow Republicans and by Democrats who spent decades mocking anyone who criticized Russia as a Cold War troglodyte. They also used to hail Obama for his “smart diplomacy” in going around the world criticizing and apologizing for America.



 

Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan has made a reputation for ridiculous tweets, but even he outdid himself by ranting that Trump’s press conference was a “treasonous” offense.  This is a man who seemingly was unperturbed by a President giving a sweetheart nuclear deal and a planeload of cash to a country whose parliament was chanting, “Death to America” on a daily basis.  The fact that he was actually the head of the CIA sends a bigger chill through me than anything said at Monday’s press conference. 

 

One reporter even set a new world “Dumb Question” record for actually asking Putin if Russia had gathered compromising information on Trump during a visit to Moscow several years ago.  Putin denied that, saying he wasn’t even aware that Trump was in Moscow at the time.  He also told Chris Wallace of Fox News that back then, Trump was just one of hundreds of business men who visited Russia; he built hotels and ran beauty pageants, and nobody imagined he’d become President or cared that he was there.  But what did the reporter in Helsinki expect Putin’s answer to be?  “Dah!  Did you not hear about the icky videos in the Russian Dossier Hillary paid for?”  He’s the former head of the KGB, not a moron.

 

As for the political and media outrage that Trump praised Putin and didn't attack him to his face, recall that every recent President has started out thinking he could deal with Putin before learning better, and nobody screamed that it was “TREASON!” George W. Bush looked into his eyes and read his soul.  Obama kept the blinders on for years, offering Putin “more flexibility” after his reelection, basically turning Syria and Ukraine over to him, and mocking Mitt Romney for living in the ‘80s for warning that Russia was the biggest foreign policy challenge (and the same reporters who are now attacking Trump for his naivety toward Putin gleefully joined in the mockery of Mitt.)  I also suspect that the way this issue dominated the media coverage, at a time where there are so many major issues for the US and Russia to address, was a sign of just how successful the timing of the announcement of those indictments was.   

 


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Would I prefer that Trump have taken a harder line in confronting Putin?  Sure, and I hope he issues a strong clarification and condemnation.  But this is his style.  We saw it with Kim Jong-Un: he approaches these tyrants with ego-stroking and an open hand in person while maintaining steely opposition elsewhere, through sanctions, military build-ups and other means.  It’s part of his deal-making strategy: make it very difficult to oppose him and publicly rewarding to compromise.  You can agree or disagree with the style, but he’s the President and that’s his call.

 

Frankly, I think it’s better than bowing and capitulation.  At least Trump always makes it clear that he’s giving foreign rivals the chance to change and cooperate, but if they don’t, the option of force remains on the table.  Obama spent eight years dealing with despots like Putin, and left office bowing just as deeply to them as he did when he first came in. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-putin-officially-denies-any-wrongdoing-in-us-election-meddling/

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  • Neta Connell

    07/17/2018 11:44 AM

    I agree with you Mr. Huckabee, I think the President will deal with this Russian situation responsibly. As for the rest of the politicians....well I think you know how we the American people feel about them.

  • Don Crumbley

    07/17/2018 11:35 AM

    Gov. Huckabee: I learned a valuable lesson long ago in the Navy, it is not what the Admiral says, it's what the Admiral actually does. If we have not learned by now, it's not what President Trump says, it is what President Trump does that actually matters. He has proven to be very good at doing just that. His unpredictability at the moment, is one of President Trump's negotiating strengths and his adversaries bite at it every time. It is not over with until the fat lady sings!

  • Carrie Cassidy

    07/17/2018 11:28 AM

    Thank you for not turning on our President. You are a true American.

  • William Anderson

    07/17/2018 11:25 AM

    spot on.Spot on, Mike.

  • Marianne Mogon

    07/17/2018 11:18 AM

    Thank you. This was the first common sense explanation I have heard. Another thing is that neither Trump or Putin are globalists. Russia is a threat to the agenda and so is Trump. That's why there was so much opposition to their meeting. Trump may not be perfect, but I trust him. He has the best interest of America and Americans in heart and mind.

  • Jay Schwanke

    07/17/2018 11:14 AM

    Spot on Sir. I rather have a President who is willing to sacrifice stand firm and not capitulate to whims of political grumbling. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Politics and Business are one and the same and he got that too. Believe me there were more left to be glean if you see him and how he behaves. He was subdued and very regal as to let Putin know that he is the man in charged.

  • Debra Daam

    07/17/2018 11:12 AM

    Your piece on the Helsinki Summit is brilliant. We all know that it’s true. It’s sad that others won’t admit it and cave to ridiculousness.

  • Kathy Bruchert

    07/17/2018 11:06 AM

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, Mr.Huckabee. I desperately want our President to be successful as he fights the daily battles he faces. Sadly, our country is divided and filled with so much hate. But God is in control, I know! So I pray that our President will seek God’s wisdom and “be strong and courageous.” The best is yet to come! God bless you, Mike!!

  • Barbara Moore

    07/17/2018 11:00 AM

    Right on, Gov. Huckabee. I was not offended by his comments and understood what he was doing. Seems like common sense isn't so common anymore, huh? Thanks for raising such an amazing daughter. She rocks!

  • Beth Hay

    07/17/2018 10:10 AM

    I'd like to know what Trump was supposed to do--put Putin in a headlock or send him to his room without supper until he admits meddling?

  • William Bailey

    07/17/2018 10:04 AM

    Are you saying that Trump should not believe our Intel group but Putin can believe his. So you think the Russian Intel is better than ours? What a fool!

July 17, 2018
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President Trump is getting brickbats from all sides for his press conference with Vladimir Putin for not strongly confronting Putin over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election.  Trump said he did confront Putin privately and at length, and Putin confirmed that.  But Putin denied attempting to interfere in the US election. Trump also is under fire for saying that Putin made an “incredible offer “to have the people working on the case come and work with (Russia’s) investigators with respect to the 12 people” indicted by Robert Mueller.  Trump also said he wants to know why the FBI didn’t get to examine the hacked DNC server these indictments are based on.

RELATED:  Should President Trump have met with Vladimir Putin? 

Trump is getting excoriated for being soft on Russia and criticizing American intelligence agencies, both by fellow Republicans and by Democrats who spent decades mocking anyone who criticized Russia as a Cold War troglodyte. They also used to hail Obama for his “smart diplomacy” in going around the world criticizing and apologizing for America.



 

Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan has made a reputation for ridiculous tweets, but even he outdid himself by ranting that Trump’s press conference was a “treasonous” offense.  This is a man who seemingly was unperturbed by a President giving a sweetheart nuclear deal and a planeload of cash to a country whose parliament was chanting, “Death to America” on a daily basis.  The fact that he was actually the head of the CIA sends a bigger chill through me than anything said at Monday’s press conference. 

 

One reporter even set a new world “Dumb Question” record for actually asking Putin if Russia had gathered compromising information on Trump during a visit to Moscow several years ago.  Putin denied that, saying he wasn’t even aware that Trump was in Moscow at the time.  He also told Chris Wallace of Fox News that back then, Trump was just one of hundreds of business men who visited Russia; he built hotels and ran beauty pageants, and nobody imagined he’d become President or cared that he was there.  But what did the reporter in Helsinki expect Putin’s answer to be?  “Dah!  Did you not hear about the icky videos in the Russian Dossier Hillary paid for?”  He’s the former head of the KGB, not a moron.

 

As for the political and media outrage that Trump praised Putin and didn't attack him to his face, recall that every recent President has started out thinking he could deal with Putin before learning better, and nobody screamed that it was “TREASON!” George W. Bush looked into his eyes and read his soul.  Obama kept the blinders on for years, offering Putin “more flexibility” after his reelection, basically turning Syria and Ukraine over to him, and mocking Mitt Romney for living in the ‘80s for warning that Russia was the biggest foreign policy challenge (and the same reporters who are now attacking Trump for his naivety toward Putin gleefully joined in the mockery of Mitt.)  I also suspect that the way this issue dominated the media coverage, at a time where there are so many major issues for the US and Russia to address, was a sign of just how successful the timing of the announcement of those indictments was.   

 


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Would I prefer that Trump have taken a harder line in confronting Putin?  Sure, and I hope he issues a strong clarification and condemnation.  But this is his style.  We saw it with Kim Jong-Un: he approaches these tyrants with ego-stroking and an open hand in person while maintaining steely opposition elsewhere, through sanctions, military build-ups and other means.  It’s part of his deal-making strategy: make it very difficult to oppose him and publicly rewarding to compromise.  You can agree or disagree with the style, but he’s the President and that’s his call.

 

Frankly, I think it’s better than bowing and capitulation.  At least Trump always makes it clear that he’s giving foreign rivals the chance to change and cooperate, but if they don’t, the option of force remains on the table.  Obama spent eight years dealing with despots like Putin, and left office bowing just as deeply to them as he did when he first came in. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-putin-officially-denies-any-wrongdoing-in-us-election-meddling/

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Comments 26-36 of 36

  • Neta Connell

    07/17/2018 11:44 AM

    I agree with you Mr. Huckabee, I think the President will deal with this Russian situation responsibly. As for the rest of the politicians....well I think you know how we the American people feel about them.

  • Don Crumbley

    07/17/2018 11:35 AM

    Gov. Huckabee: I learned a valuable lesson long ago in the Navy, it is not what the Admiral says, it's what the Admiral actually does. If we have not learned by now, it's not what President Trump says, it is what President Trump does that actually matters. He has proven to be very good at doing just that. His unpredictability at the moment, is one of President Trump's negotiating strengths and his adversaries bite at it every time. It is not over with until the fat lady sings!

  • Carrie Cassidy

    07/17/2018 11:28 AM

    Thank you for not turning on our President. You are a true American.

  • William Anderson

    07/17/2018 11:25 AM

    spot on.Spot on, Mike.

  • Marianne Mogon

    07/17/2018 11:18 AM

    Thank you. This was the first common sense explanation I have heard. Another thing is that neither Trump or Putin are globalists. Russia is a threat to the agenda and so is Trump. That's why there was so much opposition to their meeting. Trump may not be perfect, but I trust him. He has the best interest of America and Americans in heart and mind.

  • Jay Schwanke

    07/17/2018 11:14 AM

    Spot on Sir. I rather have a President who is willing to sacrifice stand firm and not capitulate to whims of political grumbling. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Politics and Business are one and the same and he got that too. Believe me there were more left to be glean if you see him and how he behaves. He was subdued and very regal as to let Putin know that he is the man in charged.

  • Debra Daam

    07/17/2018 11:12 AM

    Your piece on the Helsinki Summit is brilliant. We all know that it’s true. It’s sad that others won’t admit it and cave to ridiculousness.

  • Kathy Bruchert

    07/17/2018 11:06 AM

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, Mr.Huckabee. I desperately want our President to be successful as he fights the daily battles he faces. Sadly, our country is divided and filled with so much hate. But God is in control, I know! So I pray that our President will seek God’s wisdom and “be strong and courageous.” The best is yet to come! God bless you, Mike!!

  • Barbara Moore

    07/17/2018 11:00 AM

    Right on, Gov. Huckabee. I was not offended by his comments and understood what he was doing. Seems like common sense isn't so common anymore, huh? Thanks for raising such an amazing daughter. She rocks!

  • Beth Hay

    07/17/2018 10:10 AM

    I'd like to know what Trump was supposed to do--put Putin in a headlock or send him to his room without supper until he admits meddling?

  • William Bailey

    07/17/2018 10:04 AM

    Are you saying that Trump should not believe our Intel group but Putin can believe his. So you think the Russian Intel is better than ours? What a fool!