The extraordinary summit on July 16 between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin marks a phase-shift in history. It is the result of a long, difficult battle, led in no small part by American economist and political opposition leader Lyndon LaRouche over the past 50 years, to create an alignment of interests among nations and cultures as the necessary force to usher in a just, new world economic order freed of geopolitics and offering mutual development to all peoples and nations. It is thus a reflection of the now unstoppable “new paradigm” sweeping over the world.
Presidents Trump and Putin met the press after a two-and-a-half-hour private discussion and a luncheon with their aides. They both confronted the “foolishness” and “danger” of allowing the relations between the two leading nuclear powers to continue to deteriorate. Only through dialogue and cooperation, they both stressed, can the dangers of war, radicalism and terrorism be averted and solutions to regional conflicts, cybersecurity threats, etc., be sought. While disagreements between the two were discussed and frankly recognized, including on Iran and Ukraine, they intend to move ahead to cooperate on shared interests.
In his opening statement, Vladimir Putin noted that “the current tension, the tense atmosphere, essentially have no solid reason behind it. The Cold War is a thing of past. The era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of remote past….” He proposed setting up three different panels of experts to work on solutions to the fundamental issues, one on cyber affairs (to get to the truth of so-called charges of Russian meddling in elections), one of business leaders to further economic cooperation, and a third of political and military experts to look for ways to improve relations.
Donald Trump, in his statement, said he had determined to “continue the proud tradition of bold American diplomacy. From the earliest days of our republic, American leaders have understood that diplomacy and engagement is preferable to conflict and hostility.” He said that the relationship between the two nations “has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed, as of about four hours ago,” adding that “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.”
Important international issues discussed included Iran, Ukraine and the progress made on the Korean Peninsula, which the two leaders welcomed. On Syria, both noted with satisfaction the defeat of ISIS, and insisted on the need of humanitarian aid for the country, and of creating the conditions for the refugees to return.
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump also agreed that the National Security Councils of both countries would hold regular meetings to follow up on the issues discussed during the day. Just before the meetings, Trump mentioned to the press that the two leaders were cooperating with “our mutual friend President Xi.”
All peace-loving citizens of the world would welcome such dialogue and a reduction of tensions. Not so those forces still attempting to save the unipolar world and its trans-Atlantic financial system on the verge of collapse. Thus, during the press conference, the American journalists could only bring up Russian meddling in the presidential elections, challenging the U.S. President to denounce Mr. Putin “with the whole world watching”. Trump answered by asking to see the evidence: why did the FBI never examine the supposedly hacked DNC server, why was the FBI told to leave the office of the DNC? Show me the facts, was his answer.
Former CIA chief John Brennan, with whom President Obama used to draw up lists of terrorist suspects to assassinate, perhaps best demonstrated the hysteria among the forces out to impeach Trump, tweeting:
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of high crimes and misdemeanours. It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”
Given the general hysteria in the mainstream media reports, we would strongly urge our readers to watch the press conference themselves online, and/or to read the actual transcripts, rather than the spins put on them.