Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended President Donald Trump’s controversial press conference with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin by explaining that he was turning on the charm for the sake of a “true reset.”
Here’s what she said
“For three hours today, President Donald Trump and Russian Vladimir Putin met at a summit in Helsinki,” Ingraham said.
“And although the meeting is now in the history books,” she explained, “the fallout and the political tax have just begun. Now so much of the commentary today was devoid of even the slightest hint of context, or history, so we thought we’d try to rectify that tonight.”
“He was following a strategy that he’s used effectively with Xi Jinping of China, and Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and the president, of course, was gracious and chummy with Vladimir Putin today,” she added.
“President Trump prefers to turn on the charm in person, while using the hammer and sickle behind the scenes,” Ingraham explained. “But the president made his objective clear – he was there to begin a true reset of our relationship with Russia.”
Ingraham admitted that Trump gave a “verbal gift” to his critics when Trump said that he believed Putin’s “strong and powerful” denials over his U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment. But she decried the media reaction and compared it to the reaction to concessions made by the former Obama administration to the Russians.
“Now you can also say this,” Ingraham allowed, “Trump clearly should not have created any semblance of moral equivalency between our intel community, even if it has its flaws, which it does, and the assurances of Vladimir Putin.”
Ingraham said he committed an “unforced error,” but defended him on the substance of his critique against the intelligence agencies.
Here’s Ingraham’s defense of Trump’s comments today:
After the press conference, many of the president’s critics decried what they saw as a capitulation to a despotic ruler that has been accused of assassinating his political opponents and invading neighboring countries on petty premises.
Others, like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended the president based on past deceits and failures of the U.S. intelligence agencies.