One bad day from Trump; years and years of bad days from Bren­nan

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

Well, that cer­tainly was not The Art of the Deal. And that was not the tough guy from Queens we so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally elected. Pres­i­dent Trump is the most coura­geous, imag­i­na­tive, and dy­namic Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal leader in more than a quar­ter-cen­tury. He is will­ing to tackle huge prob­lems and fiercely pur­sue bold and in­ven­tive cour­ses in search of so­lu­tions to prob­lems that cow­ardly politi­cians have ig­nored for decades.

None of that was on dis­play Mon­day in Helsinki.

Mr. Trump was de­fen­sive, short­sighted and small-minded in an­swer­ing re­porters’ ques­tions.

He equiv­o­cated be­tween Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials on whether Rus­sia tried in­ter­fer­ing with the 2016 elec­tion. (Of course they did. They al­ways do. And Mr. Putin is a mur­der­ous thug who’d be­long in prison in a coun­try that had the rule of law … Spoiler: Rus­sia doesn’t.)

In­stead of see­ing the big pic­ture of a hos­tile ad­ver­sary at­tack­ing our coun­try, Pres­i­dent Trump was fo­cused on de­fend­ing him­self from these ab­surd ac­cu­sa­tions he “col­luded” with Rus­sia. When he was not do­ing that, he used the global stage to de­fend the le­git­i­macy of his 2016 vic­tory.

No se­ri­ous per­son cares about any of this non­sense. No­body but the worst par­ti­san hacks think Mr. Trump “col­luded” with Rus­sia. Nor do any se­ri­ous peo­ple think his vic­tory was some­how not le­git­i­mate.

For a guy who nor­mally does ma­jes­tic whale breaches in the open wa­ter, these were guppy flips in a tiny fish bowl. It was em­bar­rass­ing and to­tally un­wor­thy of the Don­ald Trump we know and love.

Mr. Trump is at his very best when he is stand­ing toe-to-toe telling friends and foes alike the hard truths they don’t want to hear. That is the Art of the Deal that Amer­i­cans love and that is what got him le­git­i­mately elected pres­i­dent.

Mr. Trump’s fear­less­ness in stand­ing up to all of the worst, most weaselly politi­cians in both par­ties — kick­ing their teeth in when nec­es­sary — is what we love about Mr. Trump.

Still, as bad as Mr. Trump’s per­for­mance in Helsinki was, it is not nearly as bad as the per­for­mance of the en­tire po­lit­i­cal ma­chine over the past decade.

For in­stance, it was not nearly as bad as al­low­ing Rus­sia to in­vade Ukraine.

It was not nearly as bad as, say, reneg­ing on U.S. as­sur­ances to pro­tect East­ern Euro­pean al­lies with anti-mis­sile sys­tems.

It was not any­where in the same galaxy as ig­nor­ing your own “red line” laid down in Syria af­ter Syr­ian butcher and Putin-pup­pet Bashar As­sad gassed his own peo­ple.

And, fi­nally, it was no where near as bad as whis­per­ing to Rus­sia that you will have more “flex­i­bil­ity” af­ter re-elec­tion to sur­ren­der ev­ery­thing to Rus­sian power.

And let’s not for­get the whole trea­sonous deal with Iran where the U.S. gov­ern­ment worked fever­ishly to lift sanc­tions against one of our most vir­u­lent en­e­mies and state spon­sors of ter­ror­ism. In the process, the U.S. also gave the mil­i­tant theoc­racy bil­lions of dol­lars, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions in pal­lets of cash, and set them on a path­way to a nu­clear bomb.

Those are just a hand­ful of diplo­matic atroc­i­ties per­pet­u­ated by Pres­i­dent Obama and his weak, dis­hon­est hench­men, such as for­mer CIA Di­rec­tor John O. Bren­nan.

Mr. Bren­nan, a known liar who once got caught spy­ing on Congress, took to Twit­ter on Mon­day to de­mand that Mr. Trump’s en­tire ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sign in protest of the pres­i­dent’s weak per­for­mance in Helsinki.

Re­ally, Mr. Bren­nan? And what should be the pun­ish­ment for al­low­ing Rus­sia to in­vade Ukraine? Or for aban­don­ing East­ern Europe al­lies to the whims of Rus­sia?

And pray tell, Mr. Bren­nan, what should be the pun­ish­ment for ig­nor­ing the gassed chil­dren of Syria?

Ac­tu­ally, no need to an­swer. Be­cause you prob­a­bly would just be ly­ing again.

So, Mr. Trump had a bad day. That is just one bad day, ver­sus years and years and years of bad days for you, Mr. Bren­nan, and the rest of your dis­hon­est, anti-Amer­i­can trea­sonous cow­ards. Con­tact Charles Hurt at [email protected]­ing­ton­ or on Twit­ter @charleshur­t.

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