I try hard to be very even-handed regarding President Trump, to praise him when he deserves it, to criticize him when he deserves it, and to do the best I can to understand and consider the mindset of the many people in my audience who are true members of the #MAGA crowd.
And, perhaps other than on the issue of trade, I go out of my way to explain what I think he's thinking even when I think he's wrong.
But as I watched the joint press conference between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin from Helsinki yesterday, I thought to myself "This is the worst performance I have ever seen by an American president in any foreign policy scenario." I'm not saying there have never been worse, but I don't know of any during my lifetime.
On Tuesday we'll talk about the headlines but we'll also spend time talking about the reaction among the media, politicians, and ordinary folks online and in emails to me.
The full press conference is here, though the most interesting stuff is probably the last 15 minutes:
Newt Gingrich is hardly a "never Trumper". Neither is Graham...
President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 16, 2018
Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 16, 2018
This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves. (1/3)
If this cartoon involved Obama instead of Trump, the left would be going absolutely crazy with cries of "homophobic." But I have to give them a little credit: at least some on the left are actually calling out this NY Times "opinion" video for the piece of dreck that it is. It's only a minute long and you can watch it if you want to feel a little ill...not because of "homophobia" but because anybody thought that this was an important piece of today's political commentary.
On a more uplifting note: