'Kowtow to the Kremlin': Conservative WSJ Editorial Board Blasts Trump for 'Beseeching' Putin in Scathing Op-Ed

The Wall Street Journal editorial board offered an uncharacteristically scathing assessment of President Donald Trump after his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The board suggested the president is engaging in a "Trump First Doctrine" and questioning his loyalty to the country.

"The charitable explanation for this kowtow to the Kremlin is that Mr. Trump can’t get past his fury that critics claim his election was tainted by Russian interference. And so he couldn’t resist, in front of the world, going off on a solipsistic ramble about ‘Hillary Clinton’s emails’ and Democratic ‘servers.'” the board wrote. “He can’t seem to figure out that the more he indulges his ego in this fashion, and the more he seems to indulge Mr. Putin, the more ammunition he gives to his opponents.”

The board also attacked Trump for being a weak leader.

“For a rare moment in his Presidency, Mr. Trump also projected weakness,” the piece fumed. “He was the one on stage beseeching Mr. Putin for a better relationship, while the Russian played it cool and matter of fact. Mr. Trump touted their personal rapport, saying the bilateral relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.’ In four hours?”

The editorial went so far as to suggest Republicans unite with Democrats to put new checks on Trump's diplomatic powers.

“By going soft on Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump will paradoxically find it even harder to make deals with the Russians. Republicans and Democrats will unite in Congress, as they should, to limit his diplomatic running room," the board suggested. "Mr. Trump may decide to court Mr. Putin anyway, like Barack Obama did Iran’s mullahs, but political isolation concerning a foreign adversary is a weak and dangerous place to be.”

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