In this July 11, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, as French President Emmanuel Macron, center, watches on the sidelines of a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels Belgium. Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, none so much as President Donald Trump. Historians say Trump’s tumultuous trip across Europe smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. The president’s “America first” approach to foreign policy left him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting allies and sowing doubts about his commitment to the NATO alliance.
Photo: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool
Photo: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool

‘Cut it out, critics,’ the right says

From The Washington Post: “What got him into hot water was repeating that mantra with Putin standing at his side.”

2. It is better to talk: Russia is not America’s friend, but we can converse

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “It is that it is better to talk, and talk frankly, with our foreign allies and our enemies.”

3. Donald Trump challenged status quo during Helsinki summit with Putin: Rep. Andy Biggs

From USA TODAY: “Ignore the howls of Democrats and establishment Republicans. The Trump-Putin summit was a good first step toward normal, diplomatic relations.”

‘Trump thinks you're stupid,’ the left says

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