Putin and the Puppet

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met face-to-face today — a quick meet ahead of their formal meeting later today, during which Trump will reportedly be accompanied only by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (who has zero diplomatic experience) and a translator, so I'm sure everything will go fine.

It looks like they're getting on swell. Of course, as my friend Sarah Kendzior pointed out, one of the rare exceptions to Trump looking like he hates being president with every fiber of his being is when he gets to hang out with Russians.

If nothing else, at least the meeting gives Trump the opportunity to thank Putin in person for meddling in the U.S. election and giving Trump a huge assist.


Here are some headlines about today's meeting between the two leaders (see if you notice a theme):

Spencer Ackerman at the Daily Beast: How Ex-Spies Think Putin Will Sucker 'Sociopathic Narcissist' Trump.

The Guardian Editors: The Guardian View on Trump and Putin: Mind Games and the Risk of a Misstep.

David Filipov and Abby Phillip at the Washington Post: Here's What's at Stake When Trump Finally Meets Putin.

Neil MacFarquhar at the New York Times: For Russia, Trump-Putin Meeting Is a Sure Winner.

Basically, the entire world is all: DON'T FUCK IT UP, TRUMP. And Trump is all:

What the U.S. President needs to do is go into that meeting and face off with Putin over Russia's meddling in our election and increasing hacking attempts, including and especially [video may autoplay] nuclear site hackings.

What Donald Trump will do is, well, not that. Which is unfortunate for all of us who aren't Russian oligarchs, to put it mildly.

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