Amid the fervor and fury of the media’s obsession over Russia in recent years, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting today in Helsinki, Finland, with a whole slew of salacious topics to discuss.
Of course, the friction between the two has been brewing since well before Donald Trump took the Oval Office in 2016, thanks to former President Barack Obama’s choice to dispel a number of Russian diplomats from the United States over their then-rumored attempts to interfere with the American electoral process. Little did we realize then that Obama and the intelligence community at large were in the midst of attempting to entrap the Trump campaign in a Russian collusion scheme with a number of possible spies infiltrating the campaign of the business mogul
Then, just last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a further 12 indictments of Russian intelligence and military personnel whom he believes were interested in affecting the outcome of the election itself. Now, just days later, the two heads of state, Trump and Putin, are meeting in Helsinki, Finland, and the latter has a whole hell of a lot of explaining to do.
Trump and Putin delivered opening remarks at the presidential palace in Helsinki, Finland, before engaging in one-on-one talks that could drag on for hours.
Trump started by congratulating Putin for Russia’s impressive performance at the 2018 World Cup, where the host nation made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Croatia in a penalty shoot-out.
Of course, we can expect nothing less than an ultra fine-toothed comb of analysis by the corporately-funded media, who will be hanging on every piece of Trumpian dialogue and body language as if there were no other way in which they could determine the success of these talks. (Before they even begin, mind you).
Personally, my hope would be that Trump would walk in, pop Putin right in the eye, tell him “that’s for messing with our election”, and walk out. Sure, it’s not the most constructive possible outcome, but it sure would be satisfying.
For now, we watch and we wait.