Required Reading – July 21

Here’s what you need to know following the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki:

Parry: Trump Keeps on Ticking

“The Russians know full well he can be their enemy. Pearl Harbor. Kristallnacht. Treason. High crimes and misdemeanors. These are some of the hyperventilating left’s overheated and ludicrous characterizations of President Trump’s remarks at his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin. Listening to the Democrats and their wholly owned media subsidiary, you would have thought that Trump had (a) smilingly handed Putin a large red “reset” button or (b) had been caught on a hot mic during a global nuclear security summit murmuring to Putin’s representative that, after the midterm elections, he would have more flexibility in his dealings with Russia or (c) had signed off on a deal to give the Russians control of 20% of America’s uranium reserves in return for a $140,000,000 donation by Russian interests to his family’s foundation and a $500,000 fee paid to Melania for giving a speech in Moscow or (d) endangered national security by transmitting classified government documents over an unsecure private email server or (e) paid Russians for salacious, unverified slime to discredit Hillary Clinton or (f) during a presidential debate casually dismissed the Russian threat by joking that ‘The 1980s called; they want their foreign policy back.’ Of course, he did none of the above. So, what did Trump do that for the thousandth time has summoned the furies of Le Résistance de la Gauche?”

Read more at Spectator.

Krumholz: At Helsinki, Trump Undermined Our Power-Abusing Intelligence Agencies, Not America

“After all the selective leaking to frame the Trump administration for obstruction, after a U.S. presidential campaign was spied on by the opposing Party’s administration, after years of botched or politicized intelligence assessments, after years of arming bad guys around the world, and after multiple revelations of spying on Journalists, Congress, and American citizens — of course it is appropriate to doubt the U.S. intelligence agencies. […]  America can still be America without the intelligence bureaucracy we have today, or even with our intelligence-gathering back in the control of the Pentagon.”

Read more at The Federalist.

Glick: Trump Was the Big Winner at Helsinki Summit

“Trump met with Putin because as president, he is required to meet with the leader of Russia just as every U.S. president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to meet with his counterpart at the Kremlin.

U.S. national security and indeed, international security are dependent on the leaders of the two powerful nations developing cooperative relations. The ability of U.S. and Russian leaders to work together plays a key role in preventing another world war. It would have been a dereliction of duty if Trump had not met with Putin. This brings us to the substance of the meeting, which was exceedingly positive and constructive.”

Read more at Breitbart.

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