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Putin: Trump On TV Is Different From The One In Real Life
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 8 2017

Following Pres Trump’s earlier comments that his “meeting with Putin was trememndous,” the Russian President set an optimistic tone for future Pindo relations, remarking that the Donald Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, adding that “as for personal relations, I think that they are established.” In his 25-minute press conference, Putin carefully touched on all the talking-point ‘tape-bomb gotchas’ expressing hope for Syria, explaining his views on the Russia-meddling accusations, and cyber-security. The Hill reports that Putin reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia meddled in the Pindo electoral process in 2016, and made it clear that he feels the president believes him. Putin said:

He asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it.

After his meeting, he felt like relations between the two countries could at least partially be restored. Putin said of his meeting with Trump:

As for personal relations, I think that they are established. I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to at least partially restore the level of cooperation that we need.

Regarding cyber-security, RT reports the Russian leader said that he and Trump “agreed that there should never be a situation of uncertainty, especially in the future, in this sphere.”

The president and I agreed that we’ll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries. If we manage to organize this work, and I have no reasons to doubt that, then there will be no more speculation on this topic.

The situation in Syria was also addressed during the press conference, with Putin saying the new administration had a “more pragmatic” stance on the issue.

I think their position became more pragmatic. It doesn’t seem to have changed drastically, but there’s an understanding that we can achieve a lot by joining forces.

This approach by Faschingstein made possible the agreement on the southern deescalation zone in Syria, which was “one of the breakthroughs” during Friday’s talks with Trump, the Russian president added. And cue CNN running 24 hour-a-day analysis of every word uttered by him to ‘prove’ he colluded to predethrone Hillary and bring down Pindo demoncrazy.

Trump: “Meeting With Putin Was Tremendous”
Tyler Durden, Jul 8 2017

Pres Trump said that his first face-to-face meeting with Pres Putin on Friday, and which lasted for more than two hours on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, was “tremendous.” Trump said while speaking with UK PM May on Saturday:

I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with Pres Putin.

He did not give further details. The leaders had “positive chemistry” and “connected quickly,” Tillerson said after the meeting on Friday. The leaders discussed many topics, including Ukraine, Syria, and cyber-security and fighting terrorism, according to Putin. After the meeting Pindosi and Russian boxtops announced a ceasefire agreement in southwest Syria applying to the southern Daraa, Quneitra, and As-Suwayda provinces, set to take effect on Jul 9. Although the highly-anticipated meeting on Friday lasted more than two hours, details about what the two world leaders discussed have been scant. Accounts shared by Russian and Pindo boxtops significantly differ. Tillerson said Trump repeatedly pressed Putin regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. Tillerson said:

The two leaders agreed that this is a substantial hindrance on the ability of us to move Pindo-Russian relationships forward and agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of non-interference in the affairs of Pindostan and our democratic process as well as those of other countries.

On the other hand, in his post-conference briefing, Sergei Lavrov implied the topic was brief and not contentious, saying:

Pres Trump said that he heard firm assertions from Pres Putin that it is not true and that Russian authorities have not meddled in the elections, and he said that he accepts these assertions. That’s it.

As The Hill reports, Trump’s critics including Chuck Schumer slammed Trump following the meeting for taking a weak position with Putin by giving him the benefit of the doubt on Russian hacking Schumer blasted:

To give equal credence to the findings of the Pindosi Intelligence Community and the assertion by Mr Putin is a grave dereliction of duty and will only encourage Russia to further interfere in our elections in the future.

In retrospect, Putin may have shut down Schumer and much of the press with its endless tales of Russian intrigue and innuendo. According to Tillerson Putin demanded “proof or evidence” of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Nearly one year later, none has been presented much to the chagrin of countless WaPo and NYT “anonymous sources.”

G20 Reach Compromise On Trade But Trump Holds Out On Climate
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 8 2017

World leaders meeting at the G-20 summit in Germany have agreed on almost every aspect of the joint communique, where in a victory for Merkel they vowed to fight protectionism and secure fair trade seeking to defuse Pres Trump’s threats of unilateral measures the WSJ reported. They have so far failed on a compromise position in the section on climate. where Pindostan is pushing for a reference to fossil fuels, Euro boxtops told Reuters. In the end it was “all against Trump.” As the WSJ puts it:

Securing Mr Trump’s support for the G-20 communiqué to be released later Saturday, as the president threatens to undermine the international order with his “Pindostan First” policies, is emerging as a rallying cry as the two-day gathering in Germany draws to a close.

For the head of the global diplomatic “resistance” against Trump and the so-called new “leader of the free world,” Angela Merkel, the summit was an opportunity to show off her diplomatic skills ahead of a federal election in September, when she is seeking a fourth term in office. She treated the leaders to a concert at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on Friday night, where they listened to Beethoven while their aides began their all night slog to work out a consensus on trade that had eluded the leaders. The communiqué comes after weeks of fears that Merkel, this year’s G20 president, might fail to achieve an agreement in the face of the disputes generated by Donald Trump by his criticisms of free trade and international cooperation and especially his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord. The consensus statement was drafted after “marathon meetings” resulted in compromises on deploying defensive measures for balanced trade and a recognition of Pindostan’s split from the other G-20 members on climate change. The officials said aides had worked until 2 am to finalize the G-20 communique, overcoming differences on trade after Pindo boxtops agreed to language on fighting protectionism. The G-20 agreement also follows days of continuous effort trying to reconcile disputes between Pindostan and other nations while also taking account of the German Chancellor’s pledge to make clear important differences. According to the FT, the result will allow Merkel to claim a success. Another Euro boxtop said:

All things considered, my impression is that we’re getting back in small steps in many areas to a greater degree of business as usual. Pindostan isn’t alone in having different views on trade, but there’s a consensus on securing a level playing field as a common stance forged at the summit.

According to the FT, Berlin is also highlighting the opportunities given for bilateral meetings among world leaders, including the first face-to-face encounter between Trump and Putin, which the two men described as “constructive.” In addition to agreements over trade and migration, the communique includes commitments to address global over-capacity in steel, which could help defuse growing tension in the sector. Pindostan has been considering sanctions against rival producers and the EU is preparing to retaliate, raising risks of a trade war. With the final statement almost nailed down, the summit marked a diplomatic success for Merkel as she finessed differences with Trump, who arrived at the two-day summit isolated on a host of issues, and who was far more focused on his meeting with Putin. Even so he made a point of congratulating Merkel for her hosting, saying:

You have been amazing, and you have done a fantastic job. Thank you very much, Chancellor.

Meanwhile, Trump on Friday said he found chemistry in his first face-to-face meeting with Putin. The two presidents discussed alleged Russian meddling in the Pindosi election, but agreed to focus on future ties rather than dwell on the past, a result that was sharply criticized by leading Demagogs in Congress. Trump’s bromance with Putin aside, on Saturday, the G-20 was delighted that Trump did not destroy any chance for a compromise. An EU boxtop quoted by Reuters said:

We have a G20 communique, not a G19 communique. The outcome is good. We have a communique. There is one issue left, which is on climate, but I am hopeful we can find a compromise. We have all the fundamentals.

Well, almost. Climate change policy proved a sticking point, with Pindostan pressing for inclusion of wording about which other countries had reservations. According to Bloomberg, all G-20 members except for Pindostan said the Paris accord on climate change is “irreversible,” as per the expected final statement:

Pindostan announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs. Pindostan states it will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally-determined contributions. The leaders of the other G-20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible.

As the leaders met on Saturday, police helicopters hovered overhead. Overnight, police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters seeking to disrupt the summit. In the early morning on Saturday, heavily-armed police commandos moved in after activists had spent much of Friday attempting to wrest control of the streets from more than 15,000 police, setting fires, looting and building barricades. Police said 200 officers had been injured, 134 protesters temporarily detained and another 100 taken into custody.

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