The president has been followed by protests from England to Scotland to Finland as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite Congressional objections.
After the Scottish Prime Minister kicked off a pride parade rather than meet with the president, and after Princes Charles and William refused to meet with him in England, the president of the United States was met with even more protests in Helsinki, Finland where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
To add insult to injury, Putin forced the president to wait by landing an hour later than expected.
Most shameful and embarrassing of all, though, was the way that the president of the United States betrayed, maligned, and denigrated his own intelligence agencies.
“The main thing — we discussed it also — is zero collusion. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” — the 45th president of the United States
The comments distance the president even further from his own governmental and intelligence agencies and deepens the already worrisome rift between the executive branch and the FBI.
His decision to move forward with the talks despite the indictment of 12 Russian officials last week and in the face of bipartisan criticism is further proof that the president’s agenda is not only separate from but above that of the rest of our government.
When the two leaders arrived in Helsinki, they were faced with some 300 billboards purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the country’s leading newspaper.
The billboards highlighted the less-than-ideal relationships both leaders have with the press.
No progress was made on the illegal annexation of Crimea, nor the invasion of Ukraine.
Seeing as the president simply repeated Putin’s claims of “no collusion,” it seems no progress was made on behalf of the American people whatsoever.