Trump’s Helsinki Faceplant Is a Grim Reflection of Washington’s Uncompromising Anti-Russia Crusade

What little breathing-room Trump had to formulate a new Russia policy — and barely any such room existed – has been rendered toxic by his shambolic approach to the rules of imperialist statecraft and an utter failure to coordinate his “strategy” with the rest of Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin leave after a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (ANALYSIS) After over a year and a half of anticipation, the first formal meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was certainly a momentous occasion, but hardly for the intended reasons. It remains too early to definitively tell whether Helsinki will go down in history as the beginning of a new stage of rapprochement

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