Plenty of conservatives, from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich, are blasting President Trump Monday for his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Trump drew some sort of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia, saying both countries were responsible for the decline of diplomatic relations:

“I think we’re all to blame?” That’s diplomatic, we suppose, but we like editor Charles C. W. Cooke’s take:


Yes, we understand that Reagan wasn’t on stage with Gorbachev when he demanded, “Tear down this wall!” But on a day that’s been pretty exhausting for many American patriots, it’s nice to see a tweet about the presser that doesn’t include the word “treason” or “impeach.”

We’d say Trump’s presser ranks somewhere below each and every one of those. It wasn’t good, but come on — diplomacy isn’t always pretty.

And we’re old enough to remember that the American media loved Mikhail Gorbachev — man, did they fawn over that guy. We don’t think they’d have a problem with Putin either had Hillary won, either.