No Meeting With More Tyrants Please

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY AUGUST 28, 2019

         PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID AT THE JUST CONCLUDED G-7 GATHERING IN FRANCE HE WOULD WELCOME A MEETING WITH RUSSIA’S VLADIMIR PUTIN AND IS NOT OPPOSED TO ONE WITH IRAN’S PRESIDENT. BOTH WOULD BE A MISTAKE.

         FIRST, JUST FROM A POLITICAL STANDPOINT AND THE OPTICS THAT WOULD GO WITH SUCH A MEETING WITH PUTIN, IT WOULD REVIVE THE RUSSIA COLLUSION NARRATIVE THAT HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN SHOWN TO BE A FRAUD. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT PUTIN’S MINIONS TRIED TO SOW DISCORD DURING OUR 2016 ELECTION AND MAY DO SO AGAIN NEXT YEAR. A MEETING WOUD LEGITIMIZE THAT MEDDLING.

SECOND, THE INVASION AND ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA SHOULD NOT HAVE NO EXPIRATION DATE.

         AS FOR IRAN’S ROUHANI, THE PRESIDENT HAS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF RADICAL ISLAM. THESE MULLAHS BELIEVE THEY HAVE A MANDATE FROM ALLAH TO DESTROY ISRAEL AND THE WEST. THEY SAY SO IN THEIR SERMONS, IN THEIR MEDIA AND DEMONSTRATE IT BY THEIR ACTIONS. THE SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN – THE NUMBER ONE SPONSOR OF STATE TERRORISM IN THE WORLD – SHOULD BE KEPT ON AND TIGHTENED.

         PERSONALITY IS NOT POLICY AND THE PRESIDENT CAN ONLY GO SO FAR WITH THINKING HE CAN DEAL WITH TYRANTS THE WAY HE USED TO DEAL WITH NEW YORKERS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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