On Monday, July 16, President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two met in Helsinki, Finland. The meeting was a part of President Trump and First Lady Melania's grand European tour, where they have been meeting with several world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II!
After President Trump and President Putin met in private for over two hours, they held a joint press conference. When he spoke at the conference, President Trump talked about why he operates the way that he does. He addressed the constant media criticism that he receives for having hard conversations with tough leaders.
In the past, the mainstream media has suggested that President Trump sit back and do nothing, in the fear that something would appear politically incorrect or would enrage one of the leaders. For instance, with the entire situation over the last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the media suggested that President Trump avoid any sort of dialogue with him. Now, however, Americans are thankful that our president was able to get through to him.
Now, President Trump has made one statement that speaks to all of his critics.
Before President Trump made the powerful statement in a single sentence, he talked about why he meets with the people that he does and works hard on behalf of the country. He specifically pointed out how he has always done that, despite the media's consistent criticism of him.
He said, "Nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, to refuse to engage, but that would not accomplish anything. As President, I cannot make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics, or the media, or Democrats who want to do nothing but resist and obstruct..."
After, President Trump threw down this powerful sentence:
He said, "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics."
What do you think about the sentence? Do you think it encapsulates President Trump's entire platform? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, people are obsessing over Melania's unique outfit she stepped off of the plane in.