Daniel Nucinkis says Donald Trump couldn’t deliver a Russia-favourable policy any more than he could refrain from tweeting, Yugo Kovach thinks the problem lies more with Capitol Hill than with the White House, and Bill Conde suggests the president is trying to get himself ousted
This is Putin’s victory (Turmoil fuels schism between Trump’s White House and Republican party, 29 July). Whether there was collusion by the Trump campaign or not is irrelevant, and Putin’s interference in the election is beyond doubt. But the idea that this was about getting rid of sanctions or having a US president sympathetic to Russian interests is laughable. Trump is no one’s puppet and couldn’t deliver a Russia-favourable policy any more than he could refrain from tweeting: he is incapable of delivering anything at all.
The WannaCry assault on the world’s digital infrastructure was not about ransom money: its purpose was to sow chaos. In the same vein, Putin’s meddling to deliver Trump into the White House had only one purpose: to destabilise US democracy and, with it, western liberal democracy in general. The last week shows he has achieved his first goal. Sad.