Putin dangerously outplayed Trump in Helsinki

Had Trump changed before Helsinki? And if he had not, what exactly did Putin do with him during the one-on-one meeting in the palace of the president of Finland? Where did that “rude and boor” Trump, who ruthlessly attacked Angela Merkel several days ago, undermined Teresa May’s political position and violated the court protocol at a reception with Queen Elizabeth II?

Why did we see at the press conference after the meeting of the leaders of the Russian Federation and the USA a quiet democrat Trump.

In the course of communication with journalists following the Helsinki summit, the Russian president was obviously overplaying the president of America. And this circumstance filled the heart not only with pride, but also with anxiety.

Overplaying Trump does not mean overplaying the American political class. The response from Washington will not take long. And the point here is not only in the “timid” behavior of the American president, but also in the offensive position of the Russian president.

During the visible part of the rendezvous in Helsinki, Putin did not seek to smooth out acute angles – on the contrary, he deliberately sharpened them.

“Did you expect humility from me? Here’s my “humility”! Enjoy it if you can! “- this is the signal from Putin, in our opinion, sent from the Finnish capital to all the numerous American opponents of normalization of relations between our countries.

But first things are first. Let’s start from the beginning – the beginning, which did not foreshadow the shocks that struck journalists in the final of the joint presidential press conference. How it was all civil in this first stage of communication with journalists – civilly on the verge of boredom.

Enumerating the outcome of the meeting, Putin mentions the importance that Russia attaches to “ensuring the security of Israel.” The relocated US embassy in this country from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Donald Trump, nods enthusiastically.

There is another Putin’s curtsey to the American colleague: the settlement on the Korean peninsula, they say, was greatly promoted due to the fact that Trump personally joined the process.

“Settlement on the Korean peninsula” in fact did not move at all. At a recent summit in Singapore, Trump managed only to save face: he did not knock out any real concessions from Kim Jong-no, but he got a pretext to abandon his threats to destroy North Korea. But, however, to what I, in fact, finding fault? If Trump is pleased with undeserved flattery from the mouth of Putin, then you do not need to save on it. All on the altar of normalization of Russian-American relations!

Following Putin for his “offering on this altar” brings and Donald Trump. Anticipating the inevitable attacks of their opponents within the United States because of their “fraternization” with Putin, the American leader solemnly proclaims: “I will take political risk instead of risking the fate of the world!”

Well done, Donald! So they need it! As long as you hold on perfectly! It’s a pity that this “so far” proves so fleeting. Anxious feelings start to emerge after the right to ask questions is given to American journalists.

“Why should we believe that you did not interfere in the American elections?” Putin dismisses this straightforward question from a Reuters correspondent simply brilliantly: “And where did you get that Trump trusts me completely, and I trust him to the end?”

Continuing to answer this question, Putin repeats common truths about the basis of relations between states – but repeats them so convincingly and, it seemed to me, sincerely, that I have a desire to applaud. Desire, which, however, quickly disappears.

Developing his success, Putin turns into a counter-offensive. The president of Russia accuses “some employees” of the American special services that they, together with scandalous businessman William Browder who committed a crime: illegally withdrew a huge amount of money¬† from Russia, taxes that were not paid either in Russia or in the US.


Coupled with this is the Putin’s claim that Browder donated huge sums of money to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. All of this together looks like an open “declaration of war” to US intelligence agencies and their political allies.

Of course, they themselves have long declared war on Russia. Putin in Helsinki just raised the stakes and showed his ability to hold a blow – a skill that in the Finnish capital seems to have completely left Donald Trump.

“Who do you believe – Putin or his own special services?” – Interested in the US president, the correspondent of the agency Associated Press. “I believe both sides,” Trump replies, and heads off into the stream of consciousness about the server of a Pakistani party working for the Democratic Party, about 33,000 unknown to the disappeared emails of Hillary Clinton. It looks all pale, unconvincing, and contrasts sharply with the


Of course, in the position of Putin, if you want, you could find gaps. When Putin began comparing the “private person” George Soros, who on his own initiative regularly interferes in the internal affairs of other countries, with the accused in America of similar misconduct by the famous Russian restaurateur, I was, lost count of puzzled questions. Do Putin’s phrases mean that the American accusations against our restaurateur really have grounds for themselves? And is it correct to compare Soros with the Russian “knight catering”? Putin clearly believed that it was correct. But with all my burning desire I did not force myself to share the confidence of Vladimir Vladimirovich. It’s probably possible to sum up all this: I’m very much afraid that Trump’s “good fellow” will crucify him for such a joint performance with the Russian president. Of course, to do with the leader of the United States something like this his opponents have tried more than once, and Trump still does what he wants – he meets with Putin, says that Russia in Syria “helped us to some extent” and that bad relations with Moscow – the fault of America. But you can not see in everything just positive. In the very recent past, domestic political considerations made Trump take openly anti-Russian decisions – for example, imposing painful sanctions against important elements of our economy. I want to make mistakes. But after the summit in Helsinki of such domestic political considerations, Trump can sharply add up. What is the moral? Probably this: modest and shy Trump sometimes scares much more than Trump in the role of bully.