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Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: Trump May Emerge as an American Statesman

July 9, 2017 (EIRNS)—Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on July 7, said that the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which had taken place shortly before the interview, was "potentially the most fateful" U.S.-Russian summit since World War II. "The reason is that the relationship with Russia is so dangerous and yet we have a President who might’ve been crippled or cowed by these Russia-gate attacks on him and yet he was not," Cohen said. "He was, I think, politically courageous. It went well. They did important things and this will be astonishing to be said, I know, but I think, maybe today we witnessed President Trump emerging as an American statesman. I think it was a very good day for everybody."

Cohen said that the headline he would put on the meeting is: "Potentially historic new détente, anti-Cold War partnership begun by Trump and Putin, but meanwhile attempts to sabotage it escalate."