It appears as though the GOP’s faith in Trump has been shaken by his recent actions, and most recently his decision to sit down “alone” with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a private meeting.
The thought of Putin and Trump by themselves in a room had the controversial president’s former Republican challenger Jeb Bush weighing in on the issue:
It’s a Really Bad Idea to Meet Alone with Putin https://t.co/a80Vgo95tr
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 15, 2018
Trump began his meeting with Putin on Monday morning starting off the event by declaring the “world” wants better ties between the two countries.
While fielding questions from reporters before the official start of their summit in Helsinki, Finland, Trump explained to Putin they have “great opportunities” to rebuild the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, which he argued, “have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.”
“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship,” Trump explained, sitting next to Putin inside the Finnish presidential palace. “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
Trump continued on to say: “I think the world wants to see us get along.”
The president was attempting to defend his choice sit down with Putin, which follows days after the U.S. indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic officials during the 2016 election.
The indictment placed pressure on Trump to up Moscow’s so-called “malign activities” with Putin. However, Trump made no mention of the pressing issues, which also include Russia’s military involvement in Syria and Ukraine, during his overly friendly opening remarks.
The highly anticipated summit started nearly 50 minutes late due to Putin’s late arrival in Helsinki.
It is uncertain whether Trump will have the courage to ask Putin the hard questions or if he will simply pander to him in order to remain “friendly” with Russia.
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