Donald J. Trump has let it be known that he intends to confront Vladimir Putin over the Russians’ meddling in our 2016 presidential election.
Great, yes? Hah! Guess again.
As I understand it the only people in the room with the two leaders will be their interpreters.
So, here’s the question: How in the name of international diplomacy are we to know (a) whether he actually confronts Putin or (b) how Putin responds to the inquiry?
Let me go a bit further. What will be Trump’s tone if he brings it up? Will he deliver a tongue-lashing? Will he demand a full accounting for what Putin ordered his goons to do?
OK, so they’ll come out of the Helsinki meeting. Trump will declare that he confronted Putin. The Liar in Chief cannot be trusted to tell us the truth. I know I am not alone in remaining highly skeptical of anything that comes out of the president’s mouth.
I fear that this meeting is going to produce nothing positive for the United States of America.