Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Helsinki, Finland.
Trump says he’ll bring up the Russian meddling in our 2016 election. Now the question: What will Putin say in response?
How about the bigger question: How in the name of bilateral diplomacy are we ever going to know what Putin says?
The two men are going to meet one on one. No senior aides will be present. Only the presidents’ interpreters will be in the room.
Trump is a liar. Putin is a liar; Putin also is a killer, which gives me pause about the future of the interpreter Putin is bringing into the room with him. The Russian interpreter had better do his job correctly … if you get my drift.
Putin will deny meddling in the election. Trump will have the combined assessment of every intelligence agency at his command that has determined the Russians did attack our electoral system. Is the president going to throw that assessment back at his Kremlin colleague?
Oh, and now we have the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials. Robert Mueller has indicted them for their role in interfering in our election. This is a big one, folks. But do you know what? It could get even bigger!
How? Mueller well might be preparing to indict the Americans who were complicit in what the Russians allegedly did.
But … the U.S. president will meet with the Russian president. The proverbial elephant in the room will be the meddling matter. If only we could trust our president to tell us the truth about what he discusses with his Russian counterpart. Vladimir Putin most certainly isn’t to be trusted.
I fear about the certain lack of trust in our president, as well.