It’s not often that I’m at a loss for words, but the Helsinki Summit left me speechless.

Speechless when President Trump blamed the U.S. for the soured relationship with Russia. Speechless when he said he was inclined to believe Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the last election, instead of the U.S. intelligence community. Speechless, but sadly no longer surprised.

As absurd as the President’s statements, and as transparent as his attempts to take them back. What's even more disturbing to me is what might have been said during the men’s private meeting-- with no one else present.

It’s disturbing to the Pentagon as well because Russia seems very optimistic about the verbal agreements the President apparently made.

The President told 60 Minutes he told Mr. Putin the United States won’t tolerate election interference in the future. Mr. Trump quoted himself as talking tough saying, “That’s the way it’s going to be.” And if you believe Mr. Trump said that to Putin’s face, then former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a name for you.

By now, we should all understand the kind of man our President is. The kind who talks and tweets tough to his base, but crumbles when face to face with the likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. In Texas, they call it "all hat, and no cattle."

Here’s my problem: I actually agree with the President that we should engage our adversaries rather than isolate them. But there’s a difference between engaging them and getting engaged to them.

I understand that nothing I say will change the opinions of Mr. Trump’s base, and it’s now apparent that nothing he says will either. But Republicans are starting to demonstrate a hint of a backbone. Even Senator Dan Sullivan was critical of the President’s Helsinki performance. Senator Murkowski was especially harsh and accurate about the damage done by Mr. Trump.

As for Congressman Don Young? Silence. Well, I guess he’s speechless too.

John's opinions are his own and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.

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