I don’t know how else to interpret this outcome of the Trump-Putin meeting. Via WaPo:
HAMBURG — President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed brokering “commitments of noninterference” in the U.S. political system during a lengthy face-to-face meeting in Germany, the first in-person encounter between the two leaders about Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 election.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who attended the two-hour-and-fifteen-minute meeting, said it did not focus on the United States moving to punish Russia for the allegations that it hacked and leaked information that would help Trump win the election. Instead, Tillerson said the two leaders discussed “how do we move forward” regarding the election-hacking issue.
He said the White House was not “dismissing the issue” but wanted to focus on “how do we secure a commitment” that there will not be interference in the future.
Trump is just carrying on a long tradition. Remember when Abraham Lincoln contacted Jefferson Davis to discuss brokering commitments of non-firing on Ft. Sumter? Or when FDR and Emperor Hirohito put that unpleasantness at Pearl Harbor behind them and agreed to move on? Or, more recently, when President Obama called Osama bin Laden and asked how to secure a commitment that there would be no more terrorist attacks?
This is outrageous. It’s insulting. It’s cowardly. Any Republican who goes along with this “let bygones be bygones” strategy is a fucking traitor, pure and simple. And my guess is it will be every last one of the craven worms: After they finish furrowing their brows and expressing “concern,” they’ll go back to sniffing around after tax cuts while Putin consolidates control of our government.