Let's first set the frame of reference for most of Hollywood's view of President Donald Trump — with a bit of hyperbole. Trump could cure cancer, solve world hunger, and walk on water, and Hollywood elitists would still find fault in his every move.
So obviously Trump's sideline meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, was red meat for the taking — before it even occurred. After all, these two men “worked hand in hand” to deny Hillary Rodham Clinton her rightful ascension to the presidency, or so the left charges.
Finally, the moment of the long anticipated, first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Putin happened. After the two-hour-and-15-minute meeting — originally planned for 40 minutes — was over, Trump said the following:
“President Putin and I have been discussing various things and I think it's going very well. We had some very good talks.
We're gonna have a talk now, and obviously, that's gonna continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States, and for everybody concerned. And it's an honor to be with you.”
Innocuous, mostly obligatory-sounding fodder for the media, right? Hardly.
Hollywood went crazy, including Twitter fave Cher, who was incensed that Trump mentioned Russia before the U.S. — momentarily “forgetting” that Trump is decried by the left for his “”nationalist“ ”America first" attitude:
Actor/director Rob Reiner had a bit of memory lapse, as well, forgetting who was president when Russia invaded, and subsequently annexed, Crimea. Still, “Meathead” had enough of his wits under control to slam Trump with an ad hominem:
Obviously Reiner must not believe Trump's travel ban isn't an effort “to protect us,” but let's move on. What Hollywood tweet storm against “Trump the snail” would be complete without a few shots from Rosie O'Donnell?
Or a “mean buffoon,” as it were:
Actor Ron Perlman used the Trump-Putin meeting to jump to conclusions and make up his own facts — a favorite strategy of the left:
Star Trek actor George Takei — a frequent basher of all things Trump — said it was hard to know what went on in the meeting, as well, which apparently could've been something sinister, in his mind:
Comedian Albert Brookes tweeted a... “joke”:
As did Arsenio Hall:
While Hollywood and various media outlets slammed Trump over Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's assertion that he accepted Putin's denial of election meddling, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — both men were in attendance — disputed Lavrov's claim, saying Trump repeatedly pressed Putin on the allegation.
Very seldom do two adversaries come out of a closed-door meeting with the same account of what transpired. Then again, if the left has a choice between believing President Trump, and “anyone not Trump,” the latter is likely to win out every time.
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