Trump, of course, started the day in Helsinki with a wink to Putin (above, no really, he WINKED at PUTIN) and a tweet:
No matter how bad you thought things could go, they just got worse: Trump tweeting in the middle of night before his meeting that the Russia investigation (and Friday’s indictments) are a “Rigged Witch Hunt.” Putin embarrasses his asset by showing up an hour late. pic.twitter.com/MMMXt0x9gG
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 16, 2018
Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 16, 2018
In October of 1962, I spent a lot of time under my desk and drilling on how to file calmly down to the basement.
Read a book, Biff. https://t.co/FgIrXbL6iM
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 16, 2018
But, but, you’re on record several times over the past 15 months saying that it’s never been better... https://t.co/c0hsdiyZf1
— Paul Guyot (@Fizzhogg) July 16, 2018
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) July 16, 2018
Trump says our relationship with Russia is bad *not* because they attacked our democratic process and are still trying to turn Americans against each other ... but because we dared to investigate Russia's attack on our country.
This man is owned by Putin. pic.twitter.com/BKhxUSXF0Q
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 16, 2018
What if FDR had sucked up to Hirohito after Pearl Harbor? Hold that counterfactual in your mind’s eye while you reflect on the factual image of Stalin carving up Europe at Yalta with an ailing FDR and an aging Churchill. What’s your analogy for Helsinki?
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 16, 2018
Here's a translation of what Putin said in his opening remarks with Trump, per NBC's Elena Holdny. Note the comparative lack of flattery and deference in Putin's comments. --> pic.twitter.com/LYxQQ7wtZg
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 16, 2018
— Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS) July 16, 2018
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) July 16, 2018
And they have putin too. How odd. https://t.co/fR36FqoUS8
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) July 16, 2018
POTUS: it's just informal
Huntsman: it's just a meeting
Bolton: it's not a summit
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) July 16, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) July 16, 2018
Regardless of Helsinki 1:1, Mueller indictments signal Putin that US foreign policy and US-Russian relations are not 100% controlled by @realDonaldTrump and US govt knows a great deal about what Russian govt is up to and has options for responding to what Russia has done/might do
— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) July 16, 2018
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 16, 2018
Let’s not forget the last time Donald was left on his own with Russians he told them classified information that harmed an ally. Good luck everyone.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) July 16, 2018
Trump fails to mention Russia’s cyber attacks on the US election & the pending indictment in his opening statement at his meeting with Putin. Is our country so far gone that the GOP leadership & his base will accept this capitulation?
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 16, 2018