Here is a sampling of the headlines today, which are almost uniformly awful for Trump.
PUTIN PETS HIS POODLE
TRUMP’S DISGRACEFUL BOW TO RUSSIA
It was the first time in memory a president was this deferential, this weak, in the presence of an adversary.
AN APPALLING SPECTACLE
Los Angeles Times
OPENLY COLLUDING WITH CRIMINAL LEADER
Yet in refusing to acknowledge the plain facts about Russia’s behavior, while trashing his own country’s justice system, Trump in fact was openly colluding with the criminal leader of a hostile power.
New York Daily News
LAYS AT PUTIN’S FEET
New York Times
TRUMP COWERS BEFORE PUTIN
New York Newsday
In all, it was an astonishing display, and one that should leave the president’s supporters in Congress and the nation alarmed. A country can hardly defend itself against future assaults if its president can’t acknowledge the ones that have already taken place.
DISGRACED THE DIGNITY OF HIS OFFICE
San Diego Union-Tribune
Donald Trump’s trip to Europe to meet with other national leaders has proven to be an almost unfathomable new low for his presidency. In offering unrelenting attacks not just on U.S. allies but U.S. ideals, Trump has disgraced the dignity of his office, or at least what was left of it.
. . . . For that to come from the leader of a nation whose predecessors were proud to also be leaders of the free world is appalling enough. But in Trump’s dealings with vicious Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the president isn’t just ignorant of history; he’s changing its course. Every American president ever has stood up for America — until July 16, 2018.
AMERICAN HUMILIATION, UNMITIGATED DISASTER
San Francisco Chronicle
BETRAYED, DISGRACES HIS COUNTRY
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The president of the United States failed, if not outright betrayed, his country before a world audience on Monday. President Donald Trump’s performance at a news conference in Helsinki was nothing short of disgraceful. He might as well have bowed and kissed the ring of Russian President Vladimir Putin to make his loyalty official.
FAILED TO DEFEND AMERICA’S FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO FREE ELECTIONS
Tampa Bay Times
STUNNING AND WRONG
The president’s statements in Helsinki were stunning and wrong.