Trump wants a second date with Pootie

Oh well, no worries, call off the alarms: Putin is defending Trump from critics.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday defended Donald Trump from angry criticism following their summit in Helsinki, as the U.S. president called for a second face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart.

Mr. Putin, in his first comments in days, praised the Helsinki summit and said it led to some “useful promises.” Little more than an hour later, Mr. Trump tweeted that he wanted a follow-up meeting with Mr. Putin to work on the issues he said they discussed, including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and cyberattacks.

And handing US citizens over to Putin on request.

“It is important that a full-fledged meeting took place allowing us to speak directly, and overall it was successful.” Mr. Putin said.

For Putin.

In the days after the summit, both the Russian defense and foreign ministries said they were either ready to begin or already had started working on agreements hashed out between the two leaders, but neither offered any details as to what they were.

The Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov, speaking to Russian media, said earlier in the week that a number of oral promises had been made between the two leaders.

Which, if true, is of course deeply unnerving, since no one here has any idea what those “oral promises” were. Unless the spooks managed to put a wire on Trump without his knowledge, which I hope they did.

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