Is Trump Putin’s ‘stooge?’

Apart from satisfying the American president’s insatiable need for attention, there is no obvious reason for this meeting, no pressing issues that can be settled to the advantage of the United States.

There were calls for Trump to cancel the summit because of the indictments against the Russians, who were acting in their official capacity as intelligence authorities. The White House response, however, contained no condemnation of Russia.

One could assume that Putin, meantime, is hoping for a meeting much like the one enjoyed by Kim Jong Un — Trump will make dramatic concessions for no reason other than the compulsion to sound grand.