July 22, 2018  |  Updated July 23, 2018

Propaganda Gold: Russia Revels in Summit Victory

By Julia Davis

Having masterfully set the stage for another propaganda coup, Russia is enjoying the spoils of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. The Kremlin’s bullhorns predicted an easy victory, but the reality surpassed their wildest expectations. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin performed their parts in a spectacle that was a propagandists’ dream come true.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, known for his perennially stone-faced demeanor, was beaming with glee. When asked how the summit went, Lavrov gushed: “Better than super. Fabulous.” The Russians expected concessions, but even they were shocked by Trump’s willingness to blame America first. Reuters reporter Jeff Mason asked Trump to elaborate upon his Tweet, blaming U.S. “foolishness, stupidity” and the Mueller probe for the decline in U.S. relations with Russia. Mason asked: “Do you hold Russia at all accountable for anything in particular? If so, what would you consider them that they are responsible for?” Trump replied: “Yes, I do. I hold both countries responsibility. I think the United States has been foolish. I think we have all been foolish.”

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