Putin will bring a specific list of demands. Trump, not so much. A senior member of George W. Bush’s Cabinet once told me a revealing story about Vladimir Putin. Each meeting, the official said, began the same way: Putin would reach into his suit jacket pocket, remove notecards listing perceived American sins against Russia, and read them one by one. Only then would the substantive discussions begin.
That’s a key detail to keep in mind in the runup to President Trump’s meeting with Putin next week, which will mark the first time they will sit down together in person. Trump’s own …read more