Hemingway on Russia: People Are Obsessed About Words, Should Focus On Trump's "Tough" Actions

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Our relationship with Russia is at a significant low point where just having some conversations can lead us to a better outcome. And there are so many important things that they are involved with that we care about, whether it's Syria, Ukraine, North Korea or nuclear arms. I'm kind of surprised there's been this much angst over this press conference. Not that he said things the way he should have. President Trump really did mess up with that press conference but I don't quite know what people want. He actually is pretty tough on Russia. And in the last couple of years, we've seen an increase in the military budget, we've seen an increase in the intelligence budget. We are doing NATO exercises in the Baltics. We provided legal aid to Ukraine and Georgia. We're developing low-yield nuclear weapons. He implemented sanctions that were even stronger than required by Congressional mandate. So if you care about actual actions, I think there's a lot to be happy about in terms of a tough posture towards Russia. People are obsessed about words and they should maybe focus on the actions as well.