Trump-Putin meeting was positive

Russian President Vladimir Putin met President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and the world stood still — well, almost, judging from the incoming the latter has endured for not setting his hair on fire.

I would have spanked the Russian for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email trove if, for no other reason, than the mediocrity of what was revealed. I was not surprised that Her Ladyship’s courtiers were petty, that their anti-Catholicism was in full flower behind presumed computer security, that the queen bee herself sensed that her message was failing on the hustings, that the DNC chairwoman had her thumb on the Clinton scale and even that debate questions were provided ahead of time to Clinton. But when I spend my very valuable time reading other people’s mail, I expect to be rewarded, entertained, even titillated, and this, Vladimir, did not rise to my standards.


Other than that, I thought the meeting went pretty well. We covered our behinds and they lied about where theirs had been. Par for the diplomatic course. All Trump critics with your knickers in a knot, lighten up: At least the Donald didn’t regale us with stories of having seen his counterpart’s soul as Dubya did.

From Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Send Bill Richardson and Colin Powell to Pyongyang

Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and United States ambassador to the United Nations, at one time was a dear friend of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il, the father of Kim Jong Un — the current provocateur of this North Korean missile crisis. Given Richardson’s propitious history with the elder, he holds the potential for establishing a viable bond with junior.

General Colin Powell, former secretary of State, remains a dynamic force in international relations and political affairs. His diplomatic knowledge, skills and abilities are unparalleled.      

Unequivocally, the United States’ options involving this North Korean nuclear threat are risky and few. In this context, there are two courses of action held for consideration: suspending these large-scale joint American-South Korean military war-game exercises throughout the peninsula, which have only acted as catalytic threats to North Korea’s national interests and sphere of influence, and sending Bill Richardson and Colin Powell to Pyongyang to negotiate with Kim a stand-down arrangement involving his thermonuclear program.

From Earl Beal, Terre Haute, Ind.

More about Donald Trump Jr. and Russiagate

On Tuesday, President Trump said his son is a “high quality person” and that he applauds young Don’s transparency. If that is the president’s definition transparent, then I have a bucket of mud I’d like to sell him.

U.S. election law is very clear:  “A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value, or expressly or impliedly promise to make a contribution or a donation, in connection with any Federal, State, or local election.”  Correct me if I am wrong, but the dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE (i.e., the “other thing of value”)... isn’t this exactly what Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were hoping to get in their meeting with the Russian government lawyer?

The definition of accomplice is “a person who helps another commit a crime.”  I’m no lawyer, but I’ve seen a lot of them on TV.  Seems like the son, the son-in-law and former presidential campaign manager are in a heap of legal trouble.

From Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach, Calif.