By July 17, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Credit Trump with diplomacy

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial

President Donald Trump is accused frequently of shooting from the lip — that is, speaking and tweeting what is on his mind without regard to the potential consequences. This week, he is being criticized harshly for not doing that.

After meeting in Helskinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference. Trump stayed to the script he had planned in advance, of attempting to warm the relationship between our two countries.

Asked about Russian meddling in U.S. politics, the president was dismissive. He brought the issue up with Putin, Trump said. “He said it’s not Russia,” Trump commented, adding, “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

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