President Donald Trump’s actions regarding the thorny relationship between the U.S. and Russia “speak stronger” than his “occasional gaffes,” former CIA officer Scott Uehlinger said Monday on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“The selective outrage of the liberal media is breathtaking to behold,” Uehlinger told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “But, in fact, our policies directed against Russia are considerably stronger than they were a decade ago, and it’s starting to tell.”
“So our policies are working, and in this case deeds speak stronger than the occasional gaffes of the U.S. president,” added the Russia specialist.
Trump was the object of an onslaught of bipartisan backlash following his joint press conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. The commander-in-chief said he holds “both countries responsible” for Russia’s interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election because “We’re all to blame.” He also said that while he has “great confidence in my intelligence people,” he believes that Putin “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
Trump’s “gaffes” provided the springboard for his usual Democratic and media critics to launch increasingly frenzied cries of shock, outrage, hyperbole and apoplexy.
“We have an unprecedented, incredibly biased press. Now, I can’t imagine right now if there was, at the Reykjavík summit with President [Ronald] Reagan and [Mikhail] Gorbachev, having a Western media that would be asking Reagan in front of the world’s cameras to denounce the leader of — in this case, Gorbachev — as a liar to his face,” Uehlinger told Ingraham.
“Because this shows the progressive mainstream media is more willing to grenade throw in the name of derailing Trump than it is in supporting any possible improvement in relations,” he added.
Ingraham noted that “you would have thought that Trump actually had defected to Russia,” given the media’s “mass hysteria” immediately following the news conference.
“Now, did I miss something today? Did Donald Trump withdraw U.S. sanctions on Russia? Or did he invite back those 60 [Russian] diplomats and others he expelled in March from Russia? Did he cancel future sales of lethal weapons to Ukraine?” Ingraham asked. “Of course he didn’t, but he might as well have, given the media and liberal hyperbole on what happened today.”
Although many mainstream media members once favored a “conciliatory stance” in Russian relations, they are “all pretending to care about Russia and casting Trump as a Putin surrogate” with their “selective indignation,” Ingraham said.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said “when other presidents try to start the [Russian] relationship off on the right foot, they’re called warriors for peace. Donald Trump tries to do that, and he’s called deranged.”
Although Trump offered “some answers that were off the mark” during his press conference, the Trump administration’s tough policy in dealing with Russia “is right,” Schlapp insisted.
“The president needs to understand he’s winning on this. Stick to the course,” he said. “The most important part of this is the policy. Should we be getting along with Putin’s Russia? Absolutely. The idea that you have liberals almost calling for open warfare is absurd.”
“By the same token, it’s fair to criticize the president today,” Schlapp admitted. “He had some errant answers. He gave some answers that were actually uncoupled from his own tough policy.”
Stephen Yates, former deputy national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, said the U.S. has “really, really run the limits on absolute Trump Derangement Syndrome across the board on how people react to this kind of thing.”
Because Trump attempted to accomplish “two hard things at one time today” during his press conference with Putin, “that might have been what tripped up some of the communications,” Yates suggested.
“[Trump’s] restoring realism, trying to get great power relations back on track, balancing one power against another to try to solve real problems. The proof of this is in results — not in instantaneous sound bites,” Yates said. “But he’s also the deal-maker. He wants something now … and I think the deal-maker in him used some traits there in the presser that complicated what I think he’s actually doing very well on the longer-term strategy.”