Leading Russian newspapers are in nearly unanimous agreement that the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration has been a disaster.
As Steve Rosenberg — who covers Moscow for the BBC — noted in a recent video, Moscow’s newspapers of record have been running a host of columns and editorials criticizing the Trump White House for failing to repair the damaged relationship between Russia and the United States, and even praised his predecessors for doing more to keep the two nations on a friendly basis than the billionaire real estate mogul.
Rosenberg focused on Pravda, Moskovskij Komsomolets, Nezavisamaya Gazeta, and Izvestia, which are all four widely circulated newspapers in Russia.
“Trump began in a lively fashion, but disappointed many, including Russia,” read one Pravda editorial on Trump’s first 100 days. The paper then asked respected pundits and politicians to weigh in, saying, “What do you think now of Trump?
“I don’t see the difference between Trump and Obama,” one pundit remarked.
“Trump has sacrificed international relations to overcome opposition back home,” another opined.
“He hasn’t scored any achievements in 100 days,” another Russian pundit told Pravda.
The newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets, which has been publishing since 1919, recently hosted an editorial that read, “Don’t expect any breakthrough in relationships between Moscow and Washington.”
“The strategic aims of both sides haven’t changed at all, and they haven’t moved closer to each other,” a Russian political pundit told Moskovskij Komsomolets.
Nezavisamaya Gazeta’s take on Trump’s first 100 days wasn’t any more favorable. Its editorial summing up the first three months of President Trump’s tenure brazenly called Trump a failure, saying both his Democratic and Republican predecessors were better at diplomacy than his administration.
“The Putin-Trump bromance has come to nothing… Trump’s attempt to transform U.S./Russian relations has failed even quicker than similar attempts by previous administrations. George [W.] Bush supported contact with Putin up to Russia’s five-day war with Georgia, and Hillary Clinton has given [Russian foreign minister] Sergey Lavrov that red button symbolizing a reset.”
The only remotely positive review of Trump’s first 100 days came from Izvestia, which, until 2008, was essentially tied at the hip with the Kremlin, as it was previously owned by state-owned oil conglomerate Gazprom. The paper interviewed Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov, who is the chairman of the pro-Kremlin Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. While Karaganov acknowledged Trump’s initial three months was lacking in performance, he instead blamed the Resistance for stopping a bulk of Trump’s agenda:
“There is a battle going on against the current U.S. president,” Karaganov told Izvestia. “Trump has been in power for 100 days, but there is a campaign against him by the liberal media and the American establishment.”
Watch Rosenberg’s full report below:
One Russian paper on Trump's first 100 days: "He's disappointed many, including Russia". Another: "The Putin-Trump bromance came to nothing" pic.twitter.com/NWh8UBTA8u
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) April 28, 2017
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.