For the first time ever, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face to face, and while the meeting was only supposed to last 30 minutes, they talked together for two hours and 16 minutes. And as always, this picture tells a thousand words about how Trump dominated Putin in their initial meeting. I mean, have you ever seen Putin look less than sure of himself before in situations like this?
Even more revealing was President Trump’s opening gambit…he asked president Putin, point blank if Russia had interfered in U.S. elections and continued to press him on the subject. Even bringing this up right at the beginning in his first meeting with Putin and putting him on the defensive showed that President Trump was not at all intimidated by the Russian leader. And Putin denied it, according to secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who was in the meeting with his Russian opposite number Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Secretary Tillerson, election interference was at the top of the agenda..and appears to have surprised the Russians.
That said, as President Trump said afterwards,he and Putin had been ‘discussing various things and I think it’s going very, very well'”
Among the topics, aside from possible Russian interference in our elections, an agreement on a ceasefire in part of Syria was reached, and the two agreed that the entire issue of possible Russian meddling in U.S. elections had become a ‘substantial hindrance’ to the U.S.-Russia relationship.’
Counter terrorism, an issue the U.S. and Russia have in common was also reportedly discussed as was Ukraine.
One other issue that was undoubtedly discussed was North Korea. The Russians and Chinese have been hedging on this one, offering to ‘mediate’ in exchange for President Trump removing the THAAD anti-missile systems from South Korea, something President Trump refused to do.
What’s most important about this? Two things. First, that Russia’s Vladimir Putin now understands that he isn’t dealing with a lightweight like Barack Hussein Obama anymore, that President Trump is a completely different kind of leader. And second, that both the U.S. and Russia have apparently decided to put the past behind them and work together on issues of mutual concern.
And that’s an important realization for the War on Jihad.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.