Putin Looked Trump in the Eye and Lied to Him

by John R. Bolton
July 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

Source: Putin Looked Trump in the Eye and Lied to Him

Before Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20, media speculation approached hysterical levels. Would it be like the Reagan-Gorbachev get-together at Reykjavik in 1986, or Chamberlain meeting Hitler in Munich in 1938?

Of course, it was like neither. Instead, the encounter was primarily for the leaders to take each other’s measure. This was especially important for Trump, given his opponents’ charges, with no evidence to date, that his campaign colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election.

Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, reported afterwards that Trump opened the meeting by expressing “the concerns of Americans” about Russian election interference. Tillerson emphasized that the discussion was “robust and lengthy”, with Trump returning several times to Russia’s meddling.

Although we do not have Trump’s exact words, US critics immediately attacked him for not referring to his concerns about the intrusions. If Trump did speak broadly about Americans’ worries, he struck the right note. The US is essentially unanimous that no foreign intervention in our constitutional process is acceptable.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with U.S. President Donald Trump (right in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017. (Image source: kremlin.ru)

But there was an even more important outcome: Trump got to experience Putin looking him in the eyes and lying to him, denying Russian interference in the election. It was predictable Putin would say just that, as he has before (offering the gratuitous, nearly insulting suggestion that individual hackers might have been responsible). Commentators were quick to observe that governments almost never straightforwardly acknowledge their intelligence activities.

But attempting to undermine America’s constitution is far more than just a quotidian covert operation. It is in fact a casus belli, a true act of war, and one Washington will never tolerate. For Trump, it should be a highly salutary lesson about the character of Russia’s leadership to watch Putin lie to him. And it should be a fire-bell-in-the-night warning about the value Moscow places on honesty, whether regarding election interference, nuclear proliferation, arms control or the Middle East: negotiate with today’s Russia at your peril.

On specific issues, the meeting’s outcome was also problematic. A ceasefire agreement in southwestern Syria is a clear victory for Russia, Assad’s regime, Hizbollah terrorists and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Although humanitarian in intention, this deal substantially legitimizes Russia’s participation in the Syrian struggle, thereby keeping Assad’s dictatorship alive.

Any ceasefire necessarily relieves pressure on Assad on one front, which he can exploit on another. Even more troubling were Tillerson’s references to the regime’s future, implying discussions with Russia about a post-Assad Syria. If so, this would simply be a continuation of the Obama administration’s delusion that Moscow shared our interest in removing Assad. Russia would acquiesce only if another Russian stooge were to fill his shoes.

Moreover, on North Korea, Tillerson said that Washington wanted to return Pyongyang to the table to discuss rolling back its nuclear weapons program. This too is a continuation of Obama policies, which brought us to the point where the North is dangerously close to delivering nuclear weapons on targets in the US.

For both Syria and North Korea, such comments reflect the influence of America’s permanent bureaucracy, which has been implementing Obama policies for eight years, and which Trump has yet to redirect.

There was undoubtedly much more to the Trump-Putin meeting. But its major consequence – what Trump learnt from observing Putin in action, lying with the benefit of the best KGB training – will be important for years to come.

John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is Chairman of Gatestone Institute, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad”.

This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph and is reprinted here with the kind permission of the author.


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35 Comments on “Putin Looked Trump in the Eye and Lied to Him”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    IT would be hilarious if it was not so dangerous , typical megalomania and ideocracy from a neo con industrial/militarily complex puppet .

    Quote : The US is essentially unanimous that no foreign intervention in our constitutional process is acceptable.

    Unquote :but USA intervention in other country,s is perfectly fine !!

    This is not making the USA great again .

  2. He’s not only a liar, he’s a good dancer as well….

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      But what about :

      Quote : The US is essentially unanimous that no foreign intervention in our constitutional process is acceptable.
      Unquote :but USA intervention in other country,s is perfectly fine !

      • Well…so what. It’s called protecting your interests. Save your argument for the morality police.

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          Well so what , nice argument , i will remember !

          But you have clearly a moral flaw , mm, to be correct a moral flaw in the eyes of the world not for the good old USA boys and girls .
          In this way you will never make the USA great again but just helping to destroy it ,and you will never be able to understand this , o well so what !

          Protecting your interest need these days a lot more than a moral less childish big bully attitude , .

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Just relax and chew well you morning grits down .

      • Don’t eat grits for breakfast. A few cups of coffee while watching FOX news is all I need to get started. Don’t listen to jazz either.

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          I get the coffee bit FOX on a empty stomach ?? you must have some masochistic tendency’s .

          O my, poor man no jazz in your life !

          Perhaps this is working for you , kinda delta blues but a bit different .
          Lazer Lloyd- The Bomb Shelter Blues

          • Before you attack me and the rest of the USA, consider this. Your righteous misdirected morality prevents you from admitting it’s OK to meddle in Iran’s domestic affairs?? Who has not done such a thing with other countries? How about Israel, the UK, France? Are they not doing this as well? It’s a matter of national security. How’s that democracy working out in Russian controlled Syria? Assad stays in power by Putin’s meddling. Grow up. You are the one with the moral flaw. Besides, I see you’re back to name calling when someone disagrees with you. Seems childish and immoral to me.

            Again, I say…so what? That’s my argument. Remember it.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            You still not get it , it is not me who is a morality trumpeter but it the good old USA .
            I just hold up a mirror , wherein you have a look at yourself .
            And you just expose yourself , but do not worry it is all over the world known , no high white USA horses .
            Do i attack the whole of the USA by holding up a mirror ?
            Come on Bro , now you sound frustrated , i understand it is hard to swallow for you to be dragged down from you fictive high morality shinning house on the hill to reality as indoctrinated from childhood . you know you are the best the brightest and you can be all what you wanna be and get an A+ for trying , nearly the same as the Islamic superiority feelings .

            I have big hopes Trump will make the USA big again, but on merits and not on blackmail and fictive superiority carried by dumb down flag wavers , o can you see .

            Knowing that the seed is sown is the biggest reward for a teacher.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Really LS i do accept you as an intelligent person but loaded with indoctrinated Americanism .
            Let me explain it in this way , IF Trump pull off a effective corporation with Russia and pull Russia out from the corner where Russia HAVE to find allies like Chima and Iran, i WILL fly the Spangled Banner proudly !

            With all due respect Joop six pack deplorable Klepzeiker !

            Living Is To Struggle

          • Joop, I used to play lead guitar in a band and guess what….we played a lot of blues. I have nothing against jazz. Besides, there are a lot of different flavors and this is my favorite….

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Now we are getting somewhere , you are more sophisticated than i could extracted from your comments here .

            You will get this .

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Music is an expression of the human brain , the mathematical order of tone , tempo ,and VERY important EMOTIONS, and is a part of the basic human needs .


            Without fear , try this !
            GINO VANNELLI – Where Am I Going (w / lyrics)

          • Went to a Gino Vannelli concert in Houston in the mid 70’s Good performance.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Yep ,we 2 times , we have 7 albums from him .

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Trump says time to work ‘constructively’ with Russia

      Perhaps he gets it that the old fashion Chicago style does not work so well anymore, time to sing another tune .
      I have big hopes !

  3. John Prophet Says:

    The Score

    I have thoughts,
    They well up
    from within.
    We all have thoughts,
    ideas, welling up from
    who knows where.
    Many unique,
    having meaning.
    Unique meaning.
    Our world, all around,
    pulsating with such
    thoughts, ideas.
    Bubbling in a cauldron,
    mixing, coalescing with
    The symphony’s crescendo
    ever playing out.
    Where will it take us?
    Will it ever end?
    Humanities music, the
    score, years in the making.
    The proof of us
    is in the music.
    Is anyone listening?

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Jees , we are really going deep tonight, i know it you guys could do it , emotional/sensitive with ratio , what a concept !
      Lift up your feet for the next step !

      You guys gotta love me , pssst do not tell , do not spoil the magic !

      Ps : what a Voice clear and so in tune , freaking amazing !

      • John Prophet Says:

        To Be Young

        I can still remember,
        some of how it felt.
        The newness of things.
        Each day being a sunny day
        of newness.
        of what’s all around you.
        I can still remember the thrill
        of it all.

        The thrill fades overtime
        as life starts
        taking its toll, its shots
        at your body and soul.
        Survival mode takes over,
        as the realities of life sets in.

        Years pass bloody and beaten now.
        But a survivor
        of the gauntlet called life.

        I can still remember some
        of how it was to be young.

  4. John Prophet Says:

    Creativity, it’s a beautiful thing!

  5. Joop, you have good taste in music, but you need to work on that condescending attitude you seem to have when dealing with others on this site. Is that a Dutch thing?

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      It is not a condescending attitude but just a opinion (s) you do not like , you are not used that somebody tells you that straight away without holding back.
      That straight forward is a kind of a Dutch thing and i,am even stronger in it .
      If you can not stand it the heat stay out of the kitchen .
      You are a grown up human being so you must be able to stand the truth hoe ugly it may be , get used to it, i know it can be sometimes a bit difficult for you .
      I,am born standing straight up and talking back , an old fashioned Dutch attitude , it made us great in the past till that dammed political correctness and that left wing ideological crap took over .
      And now i want my gold back all 640 metric ton !
      Sorry LS you get not a A for trying in the real world .

      • You should have stood with your people and fought political correctness instead of running into the jungle halfway across the globe.

        • Are you irritated JP?

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          I did very heavy for a long long time, till the awareness came in like a bunker buster that it was all useless, because the majority loves it and are to fucking stupid .

          Yep, location location on the border of the north Hadley cell , avoiding as long as possible the fallout , just in case the bright ones are gonna play with nukes .

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Are you irritated LS ?

      • John Prophet Says:

        “You are a grown up human being so you must be able to stand the truth hoe ugly it may be , get used to it, i know it can be sometimes a bit difficult for you .”

        Truth? Joop, you are not the Lord Commander of the “truth”. A bit presumptuous I’d say.

        • John Prophet Says:

          Truth. a fact or belief that is accepted as true.

          It’s clear we all don’t have the same beliefs.

        • joopklepzeiker Says:

          The truth in the discussion with LS who admitted openly that he is in favor of regime changes J.Bolton neocon Chicago style , as is a common style in the USA foreign/geo politics .
          Nobody can deny that with any intellectual honesty .

          The universal truth is not mine as you brought up trying to make a point , context bro , context !
          But a nice try ., sorry not an A+ for trying !

          • John Prophet Says:

            It’s still his truth!

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Yep his truth , but how do you know it is his truth by mouth or by brain/hart ?
            You know the difference ?
            And his truth is wrong the facts show,s that clearly .
            But political correctness does not allow to say that in the peoples paradise also known as the USA !
            You guys getting always an A+ for being right or for trying .
            The BIG dispute/discussion killer , lets agree that we disagree !

          • “The truth in the discussion with LS who admitted openly that he is in favor of regime changes J.Bolton neocon Chicago style , as is a common style in the USA foreign/geo politics.”

            Never said that, Joop…and that’s the truth.

          • joopklepzeiker Says:

            Jees LS !

            Louisiana Steve
            In reply to joopklepzeiker.
            Well…so what. It’s called protecting your interests. Save your argument for the morality police.

  6. John Prophet Says:

    What is truth?
    Is truth unchanging law?
    We both have truths
    Are mine the same as Yours?

    Read more: Jesus Christ Superstar – Trial Before Pilate Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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