The Mind Reels

Confusion over Trump’s representation of national interest ■ Winslow Myers / Contributed “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” —Winston Churchill Equally enigmatic is how Mr. Trump went about representing the national interest of the United States at Helsinki. Until Mr. Mueller is ready to provide possible clarification, the fog around the president’s motivation persists: narcissistic ineptitude almost surely; perhaps also kompromat, collusion, and/or fear of money laundering becoming exposed. All the confusion provides an object lesson in the plasticity of enemy-imaging. As someone old enough

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