The mainstream media has been on the hunt for things they can use to fuel their Russia-Trump obsession, trying their best to sniff out anything that can be spun in a way to implicate the president and mislead Americans.
Most recently, at the G20 meeting, many outlets claimed that Trump had a secret dinner with Putin in an attempt to stir up these anti-Russia claims. Trump let the world know of his thoughts: “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!” (via Twitter)
As the media has been making an uproar over Trump and Putin’s conversation at a dinner they were both invited to by Chancellor Merkel, they have been overlooking some important details in the matter. National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton, who said no other staff were present in the meeting, brought attention to the fact that the conversation took place in full view of all the other world leaders and spouses at the dinner event.
“At the dinner, President Trump was seated between Mrs. Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, and Mrs. Macri, wife of the President of Argentina. Mrs. Trump was seated next to President Putin,” a White House official explained. “During the course of the dinner, all the leaders circulated throughout the room and spoke with one another freely. President Trump spoke with many leaders during the course of the evening. As the dinner was concluding, President Trump went over to Mrs. Trump, where he spoke briefly with President Putin.” (via Washington Examiner)
The White House spokesman continued, saying that any insinuation that the president was acting in a secret manner is absurd, and that President Trump’s actions were perfectly normal and a sign of leadership. “It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders. Throughout the G20 and in all his other foreign engagements, President Trump has demonstrated American leadership by representing our interests and values on the world stage.” (via Washington Examiner)
Which brings up a fair point: How is a world leader supposed to interact with the heads of other nations? It’s perfectly understandable that the president would be interacting with other leaders at an event, occasionally in a more private capacity. Much of the concern also came from the fact Trump and Putin had to rely solely on the Russian translator, as Trump’s translator was only fluent in Japanese.
Trump cannot possibly bring a translator for every single language spoken among the G20, yet somehow our president is coming under fire for this.
President Trump has been dealing with the Russia controversy since January. Do you think the issue should be put to rest?
The media is committed to making mountains out of molehills. The issue in question isn’t a matter of chatting with a world leader in a more private capacity. It’s just a continuation of the ongoing Russia witch hunt, in which anything that could possibly connect Trump and Russia is being used as ammunition against him.
As Trump said in a follow-up tweet, “The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!” (via Twitter)
Let’s hope the Russia-Trump controversy will be put to rest soon.