The Trump-Putin summit was a repulsive spectacle. It was also pointless.

The Helsinki summit was a carnival of lib-owning obfuscation

President Trump and Vladimir Putin.
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If you were expecting President Trump and his Russian counterpart to say anything of interest about Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of the 2016 election in Helsinki on Monday, you were always going to be disappointed. Frank language about possible collusion was about as likely as real-life evidence of the apparently unkillable liberal slash fiction in which Trump and Vladimir Putin are lovers who ride flying unicorns together. The pee tape, if it exists, is safe inside a Kremlin MacBook.

Whatever words the two might have exchanged about interference by Russians in our last presidential contest — a reality as incontestable as the similar efforts made by the United States in Russia and countless other countries across the world — away from the cameras and microphones could have been hugely significant. Or they might have been the same throwaway nonsense we all heard. We will probably never know.

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