Former Bush Cheif of Staff Andy Card(2001-2006) was quoted saying that this might have been the toughest week the most challenging week of his presidency.


“I think he had the most challenging week of his presidency in terms of living up to his own expectations,” said Andy Card, who was chief of staff to GOP President George W. Bush. “I do think he’s come to recognize that it didn’t go the way he thought it would go.” But, Mr. Card added, “I’m not sure he likes learning the lessons he’s learned.”

He isn’t wrong with this analysis. Trump was looking for a major win with this summit with Putin but the media and political establishment refused to let that happen. Unlike with the North Korean summit, Trump was forced onto the defensive due to the political backlash and media narratives.