"President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, prompting vows from Russian authorities that Moscow will respond in kind. The administration described Russia's involvement as "Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities" and sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities for what it said was election interference. The administration also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country and two Russian compounds closed."
We know well Trump lies and he does so ALL the time. Could not slamming Putin have anything to do with the in depth investigation against Trump, et al for conflicts of business interests with Russian oligarchs, money laundering, business loans and other unethical even treasonous ties to Russia? This is an important appendage in Trump's meeting with Putin. It is, pardon the pun, the "elephant in the room." Trump would be hard pressed to issue any indictment of Putin lest he risk blackmail for any of these alleged high crimes, misdemeanors, unconstitutional behaviors and potential treason. Trump would rather play it safe and besmirch western European nations, whose culture he says he wants to protect so much, for not paying into NATO enough thereby threatening NATO's existence than admit that Santa's helper, Putin, be blamed for anything much less that Putin helped Trump win his own election.
Who is Trump fooling? Obviously, the media as not one yet has mentioned the Republican elephant -- a gargantuan investigation of Trump and his cronies for
alleged collusion with Russia and ultimately alleged treason. If you were Trump and knew Putin had damming information on you how quickly would you be to offend him? I aver there is method to Trump's madness. He is in love with Putin because he has to be. He will punt on Putin. As usual Trump would rather throw his nation under the bus then besmirch himself and threaten his presidency. The love of Trump's life is Trump and the only life he cares about saving is his own! RESIST!