July 17, 2018, New York, NY – Many leading right-wing websites criticized Trump’s remarks about Russian meddling in the U.S. elections, according to TheRighting’s daily analysis of conservative media websites. It was a rare display of disapproval from right-wing media outlets who are usually supportive of the President.
Among the headlines from outlets rebuking Trump:
Trump Fails Spectacularly in Helsinki
President Trump's habit of saying whatever pops into his head is damaging America's standing in the world.
Putin Eats Trump’s Lunch in Helsinki
President Trump seemed to lack authority, praising Putin when he should have been condemning him, and ceding opportunities to confront Putin on his most egregious actions of the past decade – including meddling in the 2016 election and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Paul Ryan Reminds Trump That Russia Is Not Our Ally
Ryan also appeared critical of Trump’s friendly tone with the Russian president, urging tougher action against Putin.
Trump arrived in Helsinki confident that he could wing it, and he couldn’t. Perhaps it was divine providence that protected America from Hillary Clinton. Trump is still considerably better than a President Clinton 2.0. But the Donald is pushing it.
Trump Showed Weakness with Putin
By going soft on Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump will paradoxically find it even harder to make deals with the Russian. Republicans and Democrats will unite in Congress, as they should, to limit his diplomatic running room.
President Trump had a real opportunity to forge a new relationship with Russia by projecting strength and commanding respect. He failed to do so.
Although Trump’s incredible statements at the press conference were irresponsible, naïve, and even dangerous, they do not reflect current U.S. policy toward Russia. And that’s a very good thing.
Ben Shapiro: On Monday, President Trump proved once again that when it comes to his rhetoric, at least, ego trumps good sense...Trump’s language undermined our foreign policy and our national security.
Trump has a strange ability to abstract himself from his own administration that he often comments on as if he's a pundit with no responsibility for it. In Helsinki, he talked about the United States the same way, as an entity he stands apart from and critiques accordingly. The result was dismaying...
Support for Trumps remarks in Helsinki came from several right-wing commentators and websites including Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchanan and Townhall.