Four things to know about Trump and Putin’s upcoming meeting
1. President Trump May Not Be Prepared
President Putin is known for being a great politician that knows how to spin facts and get what he wants. He’s shown at least this much during his communications and meetings with Obama. And if Putin can do such a thing to a person that has worked in congress for several years before becoming president then Trump really needs to look out and be prepared for his meeting with Putin. Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Patrick Leahy, have even wrote a letter asking that Trump not meet with Putin alone and that he at least have senior staff members accompany him to the meeting.
2. Trump Refuses to Confront Russia's Election Meddling
Trump has yet to criticize Russia’s meddling in the United State’s 2016 election, in spite of the overwhelming evidence showing that Russians hacked democrat’s emails and computer networks. Robert Mueller has even indicted 12 Russians for meddling in the election. However, Trump has continued to act as if Russia is not threatening one of the most fundamental aspects of American democracy. If Trump refuses to even face the truth that Russia meddled in the 2016 election then he is not likely to bring this point up to President Putin, which is unfortunate because discussing Russia's involvement in the 2016 election with President Putin is a very important issue that should be addressed.
3. Trump will Probably say that his Meeting with Putin went well, even if it doesn't
From Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un we know that President Trump will likely say that his meeting went well, even if the meeting accomplishes nothing. For example, after President Trump met with Kim Jong Un he said that him and Kim Jong Un made "great progress." However, it has been acknowledged that Kim Jong Un later snubbed a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has yet to commit to specific steps toward denuclearization.
4. The Meeting Will Probably be a Waste of Time
President Trump has proven time and time again that he does not understand the fundamentals of many political issues, including economic and foreign policy. President Trump's policy decisions are also easily swayed by what other people tell him. This means that Putin may tell Trump a fictionalized narrative of what's going on in Ukraine. Without a good understanding of foreign policy and how various issues, such as the wars in Syria and Ukraine, started and why they are continuing, President Trump cannot solve these problems and may easily be swayed by Putin to think of these issues in specific ways that are beneficial to Russia.
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