The black farce of Trump’s relations with the Kremlin roll on with a summit set for July 16th and Trump announcing that Putin has denied meddling in the 2016 elections. So that’s alright then. Didn’t happen.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with aiming for a détente with Russia but Putin’s track record isn’t one which inspires trust in either integrity or motives. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials insist that the Trump administration has been tougher toward Russia than Obama was. They cite American sanctions, arming of Ukrainian troops, expulsion of diplomats and vocal public shaming of Russia for its cyberattacks. And yet and yet – as a former diplomat said about Trump: “what he’s been saying completely undermines the policy. It’s like he’s untethered from his own administration.”
The meet is scheduled three days after the Solar Eclipse at 21 Cancer which is conjunct Trump’s Saturn Venus in Cancer and conjunct Putin’s Uranus.
An Eclipse on Saturn is grow-up-time, face responsibilities, pay the price for past actions. With Venus involved it may lead to an emotional crisis, leaving him feeling bereft and alone, his guardian angel having disappeared and with a dent in his self-image. The eclipse effect runs on for several months.
An Eclipse conjunct Uranus offers an opportunity for more freedom – and Putin is licking his lips with relish in the aftermath with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter, making him even more pushily confident than usual.
Trump looks bad-tempered from early July and certainly at odds with Mike Pompeo. July was always going to be the start of a run of disagreements between them, worsening through 2019.
Trump’s relationship with Putin is very enmeshed with a composite power-hungry Sun Pluto conjunction, so very much a bond with one dominant partner. If birth times are accurate there’s also a composite Yod of Sun Pluto sextile Neptune inconjunct Moon which would suggest a contact which will have fateful consequences for both.
There’ll be a definite burp of tension and irritation between them from July 25th into mid August and again in October.
The concern amongst Western allies is that Trump’s bro-romance will give Putin carte blanche to do as he pleases in eastern Europe, with the US seemingly intent on pulling away from NATO.
None of the USA/Russia relationship charts look positive this year so the president may well be out on a limb.