Fox News journalist John Roberts made an unsuspecting observation about Trump’s recent summit with Putin.
After the President failed to call out Putin publicly over the Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, Roberts surmised the President “threw the United States under the bus.”
Wow, Fox’s John Roberts says Putin summit will “cost [Trump] dearly,” and that there is “consensus across this land… that [Trump] threw the United States under the bus.” pic.twitter.com/d10mSefeFy
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) July 16, 2018
The summit with Putin has led to some mixed feelings in the Republican party.
While there are those that believe calling out Putin in public was not the right move, they would also say letting Putin off the hook entirely was taking things too far.
That is exactly what Trump did, though.
After speaking to Putin, Trump stated, “He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
That comment is naïve at best.
As Trump’s comments filtered through the media community, nary a positive word was said.
And Roberts, as someone who’s been very fair to Trump in terms of coverage, was one of those slamming the President for his comments.
Roberts stated, “The early indications are that this is going to cost the president dearly politically.”
“Now, he is taking it on the chin, not just from Democrats but Republicans as well, from literally every state across the nation.”
From a diplomatic standpoint, few would argue embarrassing Putin by putting him on the spot in front of the cameras would have been a good thing.
However, most also would have liked Trump to address the issue privately, then make a comment the issue had been addressed without necessarily going into the particulars.
From his statement, though, it appears as though Trump is letting Putin off the hook altogether, and that may not sit will people.
It will be interesting to see how the President treats Roberts from this point forward, as well as how he is received by die-hard Trump supporters on social media.