At this writing, we’re still waiting for President Trump to begin his historic summit meeting with Vladimir Putin. I’ll write more about that for the evening newsletter. Until then, to help you prepare, there are some topics that are likely to be up for discussion.
Here’s a response to the nonsense that Trump is some sort of soft-on-Russia Putin puppet, despite his expelling of Russian diplomats, killing of 200 Russian soldiers in Syria, approving arms sales to Ukraine, and ramping up US oil and gas production while scolding Europe for buying Russian oil and gas, both of which undermine Russia’s vital energy industry. All this criticism, of course, coming from people who never batted an eye when Obama met Russia with nothing but weakness and “flexibility,” while Hillary greeted Putin with a fake reset button and a demand for nothing in return.
Speaking of Hillary Clinton, she once again opened her mouth and inserted her foot, with a bit of World Cup-themed snark at President Trump on Twitter. She tweeted, “Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”
Well, since he’s never accepted half a million dollars for one speech from a Russian bank, or taken $140 million for his charity foundation from Russian sources, or approved selling Russia a fifth of the US uranium supply, then I’m going to guess Trump is on America’s team. Which team are you on, Hillary? Or is this like the free agent system where you go with whoever pays you the most?
Of course, this being Twitter, when Hillary served up an easy slowball like that, people lined up to smack it out of the park.
Finally, to “Finnish” off, a Finnish brewery is doing its bit to insure that the Trump-Putin summit goes smoothly by providing a unique form of lubrication.