Letter: What happened with Putin?

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2019 6:45 p.m.

    @ECR - Burke, VA T Jan. 17, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    The answer to all your questions is Money and the quest to rule the world.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Jan. 18, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    They were probably just saying hello, and talking about the grandkids, while getting out of the weather. Funny how 2 faced libs only want to find out and discover things about public figures they hate, but conveniently look the other way about public figures they worship?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:39 p.m.

    ECR - Burke, VA
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    And thank you, too. Your comments are always worth reading.

    As are comments from the likes of Hutt, Thomas Jefferson, Laura from Washington, Impartial, Kent from Provo, and FT.

    It's refreshing to see that there are still some people out there who are able to see through the smog and understand what's really happening to us.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:44 p.m.

    Secrecy in political governments is unnecessary and undesirable, it provides the opportunity for people to commit crimes against those governed.

    Good men will sometimes do bad things in secrete, but Even bad men will do good things when their actions are not secreted. Since we cannot tell the difference, using only their outward appearance, we should demand that all government actions not be done in secrete

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:31 p.m.

    Daedalus, Stephen - ARVADA, CO
    Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    Another absolutely excellent and spot on comment. I appreciate your thoughts here. Keep them coming.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 2:47 p.m.

    I imagine them getting together and each of them going over the performance appraisal form. Trump gave himself an A+; Putin was somewhat less enthusiastic of his performance. Then go over the goals for the next year. After that, back to work.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 2:05 p.m.

    What if it was something like this:

    "[T]his can be solved but it's important for [you] to give me space....This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:57 p.m.

    My question to the liberals is "why are you so wrapped up in what Trump said to the Russians?" when non of you cared about what Hillary said to the Russians while she was Sec. of State.

    Nor when Obama had private meetings with Russia, where he miked dropped the famous comment "Wait until I am reelected then I will have more flexibility". Did you demand Obama answer the question "Why do you need more flexibility with Russia?"

    You guys really need to come away from the edge.. it is getting ridiculous.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 1:10 p.m.

    Why is it that the same individuals complaining that Trump doesn't tell what the conversations were are the same ones that didn't care what Obama said, like I will have more flexibility after the election. Shouldn't we all just take a step back and let the leaders do their jobs. We all have to stop being so critical of everything, we all used to like each other, we got along.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    Why is it that EVERYTHING President Trump does is considered "unprecedented?"

    You people all talk like no US President - ever - had a private conversation with a world leader.

    Gimme a break. Give us all a break.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    Some Americans are going to be flabbergasted at what the Muellar investigation uncovers. Others will care little, clinging to their snake oil in hopes that one day it will truly cure them of the ills from which they suffer.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:02 a.m.

    "You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the very private conference could reveal many things about both presidents. The time has arrived for President Trump to reveal what happened."

    Does anyone think Trump's account of their conversations would be truthful? The only way to get the truth would be to subpoena the translator and his/her notes (although Trump confiscated those in one case). But the translator's testimony before a Congressional inquiry would shed a great deal of light on what happened. This has not escaped Adam Schiff's attention. It will be enlightening to see what happens.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    Thanks for your letter Stan. Most of the country os waiting for the president to answer your question and so many more like:
    1. Why would the President of the United States choose to openly side with the leader of an adversarial country rather than believe what his own intelligence community - all of them - have to say about the criminal acts of that adversary?
    2. Why would the President of the United States praise the most despotic leaders of the world - Putin, Kim Jung Un, Duterte, Erdoan - while he insults and antagonizes the leaders of our long time allies?
    3. Why would the President of the United States suggest the the United States should leave NATO, the organization that has kept peace in Europe since it was founded?
    4. Why would the President of the United States keep secret the contents of his meeting with Putin not just to the general population but also to his top advisors relating to international policy?
    5, How can the top advisors to the president - his National Security advisor, his campaign chairman and vice chairman and other advisors - all confess the criminal acts relating to the campaign without the president knowing about them or being involved as well?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    Trump will tell us what's up with him and Putin, just as soon as he shows us his tax returns. Never.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    Trump reveal what happened?

    Fat chance.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Jan. 17, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    "The time has arrived for President Trump to reveal what happened."

    No, the time "came" a long time ago.

    Did you expect Donald Trump to give us an honest accounting of what took place? Seriously?

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    The letter writer's frustration that Americans, lawmakers, and senior officials in the administration lack even summary information about the multiple meetings between Trump and Putin is understandable ... up to a point.

    Trump took the oath of office, and in theory he is working on behalf of America and its citizens. So actions that run contrary to those historical norms are confusing and frustrating.
    Citizens naturally want their elected officials to conform to the expectations Americans have held for 230+ years about governance.

    But there are no guarantees in life.

    For the sake of argument, consider the possibility that Trump is working on behalf of Russia, himself, or some combination. Then his actions to prevent any other American from learning what he discussed with Putin make complete sense. No longer frustrating, no longer confusing.

    Well, at least not frustrating or confusing in the same way.

    The American system can handle such an unfortunate scenario. But it is frustrating and confusing to see a non-trivial chunk of the electorate and elected officials condone actions that are antithetical to America. But that too may make more sense in time.