Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been one of President Donald Trump’s most outspoken critics over the president’s comments following a summit in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But, it was not so long ago that Schumer and Putin were literally having coffee and doughnuts together.
In New York 2003 Schumer & Putin sharing a Krispy Kreme doughnut & coffee as Russia’s Lukoil oil company first New York gas station opens. pic.twitter.com/zCj8XrWPiM
— kathy (@stankm) July 18, 2018
Not only did Schumer entertain the Russian president, he seemed to gush over his presence.
The cherished moment for Schumer occured after a Russian-owned oil company opened its first gas station in New York.
Schumer played tour guide for Putin and showed him around town.
The tour included a stop for coffee and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
After the visit, Schumer said: “When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I’ve had in politics.”
It Didn’t Stop There
Schumer’s “friendship” with Russia did not stop at doughnuts and coffee, either.
As George W. Bush’s presidency was winding down and Democrats were making a play for the White House in 2008, Schumer was calling for a better working relationship with Russia.
In June 2008, he penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, where he specifically called for Bush to make Russia part of the equation in dealing with Iran.
He wrote: “The Bush Administration…needs to use every diplomatic tool in its arsenal to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons.”
That solution, in his eyes, was Russia.
To say Trump’s post-summit press conference with Putin was a successful endeavor would be foolish.
However, nobody knows what was said behind closed doors between the two presidents.
Trump did shed some light on what was said on Wednesday during an interview with Jeff Glor of CBS, though:
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 18, 2018
Having heard that interview, it is a fairly safe assumption Trump was doing nothing more than poking the bear during his press conference, something we all know he loves to do.
If we take him at his word, Trump addressed the situation privately but refused to call Putin out while they shared a stage.
Last time I checked, that is called diplomacy — something Schumer himself called on Republicans to use to bring Russia to the table previously.