Henry Beguelin Beguelin Sandals - Women Henry Beguelin Beguelin Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11503365AI 3eceaa

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


Rizzoli Calzature Sandals - Women Rizzoli Calzature Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11506435IN,

  • Made In Italy
    Item made in Italy, synonymous with quality and design creativity.
    Soft Leather
    leather, textured leather, no appliqués, solid colour, buckle, round toeline, square heel, leather lining, leather sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
    Heel height 4.29 inches, Platform height 1.56 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:

Magrit Sandals - Women Magrit Sandals online on Australia - 11570645PV,White NIKE Sneakers NIKE AIR MAX MOTION LWGreen HUNTER Rain boots WOMENS ORIGINAL TALL,Dolce & Gabbana Sandals - Women Dolce & Gabbana Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11472674GA,Marni Sandals - Women Marni Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11301515KR,Vagabond Shoemakers Sandals - Women Vagabond Shoemakers Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11254614AF,D.A.T.E. Sneakers - Women D.A.T.E. Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11517916SC,Alexander Wang Sandals - Women Alexander Wang Sandals online on Australia - 11170169BD,Ikaros Sandals - Women Ikaros Sandals online on Australia - 11435590KDRed(V) Sandals - Women Red(V) Sandals online on Australia - 11183693LD,Grey FLORIS VAN BOMMEL Sneakers 16220,Antica Cuoieria Sandals - Women Antica Cuoieria Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11528046TV,Jil Sander Navy Sandals - Women Jil Sander Navy Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11424395PP,Schutz Sandals - Women Schutz Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11464225GG,Atos Lombardini Sneakers - Women Atos Lombardini Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11235857MQ,Hogan Sneakers - Women Hogan Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11567758BIDonna Italia Sandals - Women Donna Italia Sandals online on Australia - 11571511JC,Miista Aldara - Sandals - Women Miista Sandals online on Australia - 11458164SKBlack VINGINO High boots LAUREN,Cognac RED RAG Sandals 78052Fabiana Ferri Sandals - Women Fabiana Ferri Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11369756QV,O.X.S. Sandals - Women O.X.S. Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11118581KD0-105 Zero Cent Cinq Sneakers - Women 0-105 Zero Cent Cinq Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11335168VK,Drkshdw By Rick Owens Sneakers - Women Drkshdw By Rick Owens Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11358651LK,Bibi Lou Sandals - Women Bibi Lou Sandals online on Australia - 11537616REKanna Sandals - Women Kanna Sandals online on Australia - 11570713HG,Sergio Rossi Sandals - Women Sergio Rossi Sandals online on Australia - 11412516EQ,Black PANAMA JACK Biker boots FELINA B9,Carla G. Sandals - Women Carla G. Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11522916BK,Lea-Gu Sandals - Women Lea-Gu Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11472542QB, 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.

  • Alexander Wang Sneakers - Women Alexander Wang Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11567515CQ,

    The world economyThe next recession

    Toxic politics and constrained central banks could make the next downturn hard to escape
  • Gioseppo Sneakers - Women Gioseppo Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11575743QR,

    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

  • Chloé Sandals - Women Chloé Sandals online on Australia - 11488140LT,

    Climate changeThe latest report on global warming makes grim reading