MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” contributor Mike Barnicle and guest Julia Ioffe agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already won the summit between him and President Trump as it began on Monday morning.
“It occurs to several people that Putin has already won here, just by virtue of the fact that we have this picture of the two of them together. You think that’s an accurate assessment?” Barnacle asked the GQ magazine correspondent.
“Absolutely. And that’s actually how Moscow sees it. People who are in official positions in Moscow have not exactly been hiding it. They’ve been crowing all over social media all morning,” Ioffe responded. “The main Russian state television, the main newscast last night was saying this is already a victory for Vladimir Putin.”
“[The Russian media is] not hiding anymore how they see the power dynamic. They’re not pretending that this is a meeting of equals,” she continued.
President Trump met with Putin on Monday morning in Helsinki. Their meeting comes just days after the Department Of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials. (RELATED: Rosenstein: No Allegation In Indictment That Russian Hacking Changed Vote Count, Election Result)