Guido Sgariglia Sandals - Women Guido Sgariglia Sandals online on Guido United Kingdom - 11550145LQ 564d53

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

by

Rick Owens Sandals - Women Rick Owens Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11395703TS,

  • Made In Italy
    Item made in Italy, synonymous with quality and design creativity.
  • COMPOSITION
    Soft Leather
  • DETAILS
    leather, no appliqués, solid colour, buckle, round toeline, geometric heel, leather lining, rubber sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
  • MEASUREMENTS
    Heel height 4.29 inches, Platform height 1.17 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:

Mac Collection Sandals - Women Mac Collection Sandals online on Australia - 11472617XUBlack NIKE Sneakers NIKE AIR MAX MOTION LWBeige TOMMY HILFIGER Espadrilles ICONIC ELBA BASIC SLING BACKDolce & Gabbana Sandals - Women Dolce & Gabbana Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11472674GA,Maria Cristina Sandals - Women Maria Cristina Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11518988FLValentino Garavani Sandals - Women Valentino Garavani Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11442489CP,D.A.T.E. Sneakers - Women D.A.T.E. Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11497979AH,Alexander Mcqueen Sandals - Women Alexander Mcqueen Sandals online on Australia - 11284326HU,Ikaros Sandals - Women Ikaros Sandals online on Australia - 11537524SO,Rochas Sandals - Women Rochas Sandals online on Australia - 11234059KS,witte LACOSTE Sneakers CARNABY EVO HEREN,Ash Sandals - Women Ash Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11525684HTJeffrey Campbell Sandals - Women Jeffrey Campbell Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11410265UL,Sarah Summer Sandals - Women Sarah Summer Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11538228KW,Asics Sneakers - Women Asics Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11465350QO,Hogan Sneakers - Women Hogan Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11187467CE,Dolce & Gabbana Sandals - Women Dolce & Gabbana Sandals online on Australia - 11158921GW,Melluso Sandals - Women Melluso Sandals online on Australia - 11532577NS,Blue SHOESME Booties CR8W104,Black TEVA Sandals SANBORN UNIVERSAL,Emanuela Passeri Sandals - Women Emanuela Passeri Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11508434OW,Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals - Women Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11515751LO,Avec Modération Slippers - Women Avec Modération Slippers online on United Kingdom - 11262966AF,Dolce & Gabbana Sneakers - Women Dolce & Gabbana Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11522400DQAudley Sandals - Women Audley Sandals online on Australia - 11575977EM,Kallistè Sandals - Women Kallistè Sandals online on Australia - 11266698LV,See By Chloé Sandals - Women See By Chloé Sandals online on Australia - 11380491UJ,Black RED RAG Classic ankle boots 76528,Cafènoir Sandals - Women Cafènoir Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11329819OC,Le Capricciose® Sandals - Women Le Capricciose® Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11454157CH, 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 Smith Sneakers - Women Alexander Smith Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11450646HM,

    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 - 11576089ON,

    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

  • Chie Mihara Cm_Kesya5 - Sandals - Women Chie Mihara Sandals online on Australia - 11212586MC,

    Climate changeThe latest report on global warming makes grim reading