The Trump-Putin summit was disappointing but not disastrous, Heritage expert James Carafano saidÂ in the Detroit News.Â While heÂ may have missed some opportunities to strongly push back against Russiaâ€™s violations of international treaties and human rights in Crimea, Georgia, and Ukraine, the president also gave Putin no policy concessions. Unlike his predecessors, he has not yet â€œgiven the Russians something for nothing.â€�
In a Daily Signal podcast recorded Monday,Â Heritageâ€™s Peter Brookes warnedÂ members of the right or the left against rushing to judgment based on what Trump said or didnâ€™t say. This meeting and the subsequent press conferenceÂ were the start of a long process of talks and negotiations with Russia in the future.Â Listen to the podcast >>
In a commentary published in The Washington Times,Â Heritage expert Michaela Dodge noted that the Trump-Putin summitâ€™s success should be gauged based on whether President Trump adequately expressed the actions America would take to curb Russiaâ€™s nuclear aggression, or showed a strong enough front of unity between the U.S. and the European countries that Russia has been threatening.
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