Trump could be more vulnerable in a summit with Putin than he was with Kim Jong Un

Trump-Kim-PutinCurrent and former US officials sounded the alarm about President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I’m afraid,” a former State Department told The New Yorker in a story published on Friday. “Our guy here is like an amateur boxer going up against Muhammad Ali.”

“There’s no stopping him,” a senior White House official reportedly told veteran journalist and New Yorker writer Susan Glasser in June. “He wants to have a meeting with Putin, so he’s going to have a meeting with Putin.”

Citing interviews with more than a dozen former senior officials who worked for Republican and Democratic presidents, Glasser indicated there is “no historical precedent for Trump’s meeting with Putin.”

This approach to diplomacy with Russia has confounded some foreign-policy experts, as it’s happening despite the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, and accusations that Russia carried out a nerve-agent attack in the UK in March.

Trump’s Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June was also met with early doubt, given the reclusive nation’s pattern of behavior and Kim’s mercurial nature. But Tom Graham, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Russia, told The New Yorker that the US “had more time for planning,” compared to Trump’s upcoming meeting with Putin.

In preparation for the US-North Korea summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twice flew to North Korea and US intelligence officials met with their North Korean counterparts on several occasions.

Based on media reports, preparations for the US-Russia summit appear to have been limited — aside from a group of Republican lawmakers visiting Russia during the week of Independence Day. National security adviser John Bolton reportedly flew to Moscow once.

That summit has also been overshadowed by the Justice Department’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers in connection with the hacking of several Democratic Party organizations and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Russian intelligence officers tried to hack email accounts affiliated with Clinton’s campaign by sending “spearphishing” emails to employees with links that contained malware.

In light of the indictment, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including the Arizona Sen. John McCain, called on Trump to cancel the Putin meeting.

“If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward,” McCain said in a statement on Friday.

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  • Niemals

    The New Yorker story published on Friday. “Our guy here is like an amateur boxer going up against Muhammad Ali.”, a perfect description of a wannabe president.

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  • Niemals

    Have you heard the little story about Donald Trump that says a lot about the US president’s strategy?
    Back when he still had his own TV show, he told everyone that his show was number one on the television market. It was not true at this point in time, but “The Donald” as they all called it in New York, kept claiming it.
    Once, his producer asked him why he was telling the untruth.
    Trump is said to have smiled and explained that if he, Trump, only claimed it often enough, then people believed him. That’s what happened with his voters…

    The world stage has space for many great egos and self-actors. But if Trump and Putin sit opposite each other today, then it might be egotically tight in the room.
    The two think big and know how to stage it.
    The world will look closely who shakes hands with whom, who puts the arm around who as dominant, who talks first, who laughs and who stays cool.
    These things are significant.
    The scene will then analyze thousands of journalists.
    Therefore, both power centers, the Kremlin and the White House, should have an expert section that meticulously examines body language.
    At least with the drug adicted Russian president one can assume that he is well prepared and has studied the US president like a professional boxer before a decisive fight.

    The first round goes to….