Monday, July 10th

Here's what the left and the right have to say about:
Trump’s meeting with Putin, and the G-20 summit.

From the LEFT

The left is denouncing Trump’s weak stance against Russian election tampering – seeming to accept Putin’s denials at face value.

“What most will take out of the first face-to-face encounter between the two men is that America’s leader bought the Kremlin’s denials of election meddling, facts be damned.” Instead of applying crucial pressure, Trump created a cooperative facade with Putin by announcing an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit.”  

In addition to sacrificing domestic security, Trump’s purposeful avoidance of Putin’s Ukraine abuses, which include human rights violations, further displayed his inability to curb Russia’s predatory aggression.

And while many are expressing optimism after the declaration of an official ceasefire in southwest Syria, others feel that Trump permitted Russia to lead regional peace initiatives, compromising US prerogative in the process.

Outside of Russian relations, Trump’s isolationist diplomatic tendencies threaten to make the US “less able to deal effectively with international challenges, [and] a less necessary part of other countries’ calculations.” Rather than listening to many of his advisers who agree that “traditional alliances are critical and...restricting trade is a dangerous game,” Trump appeared to be acting on Bannon and Miller’s nationalist beliefs and breaking from conventional diplomacy.

Lastly, the left is outraged by pictures of Ivanka Trump sitting in for her father at a G20 session, decrying Trump’s casual nepotism. Since she is neither an elected official nor a professional diplomat, many argue that her substitution reeks of monarchical inclination.

From the RIGHT

The right is pleased with Trump’s performance at the summit – praising his diplomatic prowess, particularly when dealing with Putin. 

Despite US mainstream media’s forced narrative of collusion, Trump took a hardline stance against Russian intrusiveness, pressing Putin, on more than one occasion, about his involvement in the 2016 election, and calling him out for Russia’s economic extortion of Ukraine.

Yet at the same time, Trump was able to ameliorate US-Russia relations. After discussing hacking, terrorism, and organized crime, the two leaders agreed to create a joint bilateral working group to foster Russian-American cooperation.

Some on the right share the left’s concerns about associating ourselves too closely with Putin. Censuring Trump’s proposed Cyber Security unit and doubtful approach to Putin’s meddling, Senator Graham (R-SC) declared that Trump was “hurting his presidency by not embracing the fact that Putin’s a bad guy.” Echoing this sentiment, Senator McCain (R-AZ) wryly noted that Putin will be “of enormous assistance in that [cybersecurity] effort because he’s doing the hacking.”

Despite frantic sensationalism on the left, the right is downplaying the importance of Ivanka Trump sitting-in for her father, positing that news coverage has neglected covering key issues and unfairly focused on these few minutes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a vocal critic of Trump, defended the First Daughter’s action, stating that "Ivanka Trump belonged to the American delegation, so that is in line with what other delegations do.”

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