Revenge on the US is sweet for Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. The writer says that while the US President was seen by the Washington policy establishment to be disgracing himself on an international
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. The writer says that while the US President was seen by the Washington policy establishment to be disgracing himself on an international stage, the Russian President appeared to look on, smirking.PHOTO: REUTERS

The Washington foreign policy establishment has experienced many emotions since the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki: incredulity, fear, anger. But foremost among those emotions is a profound sense of humiliation. Here was the US President disgracing himself on an international stage, while the Russian President looked on, smirking.

For Mr Vladimir Putin, inflicting this kind of embarrassment on America is deeply satisfying.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'Revenge on the US is sweet for Vladimir Putin'. Subscribe