Schutz Sandals Sandals - Women Schutz Sandals Schutz online on United Kingdom - 11482686QN 1a7965

The summit offered up a graphic reaffirmation of what was already known


Bensimon Sneakers - Women Bensimon Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11525661UH,

    Soft Leather
    no appliqués, basic solid colour, buckling ankle strap closure, round toeline, stiletto heel, leather lining, leather sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
    Heel height 4.68 inches
THE story of the meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has a beginning and an end, but no middle.

It began with a statement from the American president. The lowly state of Russo-American relations, he tweeted, was not the fault of the Russian government for seizing Crimea, shooting down a passenger airliner, interfering in America’s presidential election or using a banned nerve agent to kill citizens of a close ally on its own soil. No, it was the fault “of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt”.

It ended with a joint press conference that John McCain, a Republican senator, described as, “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

In the middle was a void, in which the two presidents met with nobody else in the room but their interpreters. For those who watch Mr Trump daily and have observed his habit of being confrontational with other people when at a safe distance and then seeking to please them when face-to-face, this encounter seemed freighted with risk. Would he give away Crimea by mistake? Would he commit to some Russian-led military initiative in Syria? In fact this part seems to have gone relatively well. Both presidents reported that they talked about nuclear weapons, including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) which covers short- and medium-range nuclear missiles. The chances of them signing an extension to the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) are perhaps greater now than they were before the meeting. That is not nothing.

Yet it is hard to pinpoint a decisive change in American foreign policy that came out of the Helsinki meeting. What it offered instead was a reaffirmation of things that America already knew about its president. Mr Trump thinks that the world benefits when America and Russia have close relations, and that “the United States has been foolish” on this point. He takes the judgment of America’s intelligence services that Russia intervened in the 2016 election campaign to be a personal insult, an accusation that he needed outside help to beat Hillary Clinton. He will readily believe the word of a former KGB agent over the views of the CIA or FBI on this point. Americans who question this are liable to be described by their president as enemies of the people. The probe run by Robert Mueller is “a disaster for our country”. It was jarring to see Mr Trump say these things standing on a podium next to Mr Putin, but they are all things he has said before, countless times. This is not a performance. He really means it.

One part, near the end of the press conference, is worth quoting at length to give an unmediated sample of the president’s thinking:

Blue FALCOTTO Baby shoes 1195Black WHAT FOR Sandals TOMASA,Espadrilles For Jo No Fui Sandals - Women Espadrilles For Jo No Fui Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11525511NW,Nine West Sandals - Women Nine West Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11271396XO,( Verba ) Sneakers - Women ( Verba ) Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11426427VF,Diesel Sneakers - Women Diesel Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11413767GE,Balmain Sandals - Women Balmain Sandals online on Australia - 11525681NC,Juli Pascal Paris Sandals - Women Juli Pascal Paris Sandals online on Australia - 11455217RM,Schutz Sandals - Women Schutz Sandals online on Australia - 11464218XLBrown CLARKS Ankle boots FRIYA DESERT,Bally Sandals - Women Bally Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11486527EE,Kanna Sandals - Women Kanna Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11570540GS,Silvian Heach Sandals - Women Silvian Heach Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11577914RG,Cafènoir Sneakers - Women Cafènoir Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11478298CJ,Stephen Pump - Women Stephen Pumps online on Australia - 11484431KI,Ezzio Sandals - Women Ezzio Sandals online on Australia - 11460407KDOffidani Sandals - Women Offidani Sandals online on Australia - 11517510KF,Grey HIP Sneakers H1253,Blue PAUL GREEN Slip-on shoes 4243,Gattinoni Sandals - Women Gattinoni Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11550342JN,Paula Cademartori Sandals - Women Paula Cademartori Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11491810WS,8 Sneakers - Women 8 Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11456733KL,Elena Iachi Sneakers - Women Elena Iachi Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11294310AO,Calpierre Sandals - Women Calpierre Sandals online on Australia - 11579505FC,Laura Biagiotti Sandals - Women Laura Biagiotti Sandals online on Australia - 11566533NS,Sophia Webster Sandals - Women Sophia Webster Sandals online on Australia - 11531568JG,Grey GABOR Booties 716Celine Sandals - Women Celine Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11362858AQLoeffler Randall Sandals - Women Loeffler Randall Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11429796OQ,Stuart Weitzman Sandals - Women Stuart Weitzman Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11569680LQ For readers who are rubbing their eyes at this point, it is important not to lose sight of a few things that will endure once this summit is over. Mr Mueller’s probe has gathered so much detail about the activities of the GRU that its future activities would seem to be compromised. Russia’s economy is weak, and American sanctions will not be lifted by the Senate anytime soon. Some of America’s institutions are not doing their job. But some of them quietly are.

  • Hogan Sneakers - Women Hogan Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11472301MK,

    The world economyThe next recession

    Toxic politics and constrained central banks could make the next downturn hard to escape
  • Dsquared2 Sandals - Women Dsquared2 Sandals online on Australia - 11162029LV,

    More rogue than reformerWhat it means if Saudi Arabia murdered a journalist in Turkey

  • An ugly beauty contestNigeria’s presidential election pits a wheeler-dealer against a soldier

  • Miista Ivon - Sandals - Women Miista Sandals online on Australia - 11458641UB,

    Climate changeThe latest report on global warming makes grim reading