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Trump v Putin - 'An Amateur Boxer Up Against Muhammad Ali'


'Trump Will Be No Match for Putin in Helsinki' says The New Yorker.

On Monday, in Helsinki, Trump will have his long-awaited summit with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, a meeting he has personally pursued over the cautions of his advisers and despite the long political shadow of alleged Russian influence over his 2016 campaign.

Putin could not have set up the summit better if he had scripted it himself. Over two days this week, at the annual meeting of the NATO alliance, which Putin views as his mortal enemy, the Trump disregarded the plan for a show of “unity and strength” that his own NATO Ambassador had promised and instead manufactured an utterly predictable crisis with his own allies.

“There’s no stopping him,” a senior Administration official told me in June. “He wants to have a meeting with Putin, so he’s going to have a meeting with Putin.”
I’ve been involved with most U.S.-Russian high-level encounters since then-Vice President George H. W. Bush’s first meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1985.
- John Beyrle, a career diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow through George W. Bush’s Barack Obama’s first term, said.
There is no historical precedent that I know of for such a potentially high-stakes U.S.-Russia meeting to take place with so little advance preparation, and with such a dark cloud of suspicion and uncertainty hanging over it. We really are in uncharted waters here.
Asked what word or phrase best summed up Trump’s approach to Putin, Beyrle responded, “untethered” and “daydream-ish.”

Tom Graham, the top N.S.C. official for Russia during Putin’s first term, added “contradictory and incoherent,” as well as “ideologically driven and non-strategic.”

Prediction - Putin will run quietly rings around him, Trump will publicly claim a 'success' and nothing will come of anything.