Trump’s image on the domestic political scene was severely shaken, and some kind of event was urgently needed to neutralize the foul aftertaste of treachery.
Reopening diplomatic channels is urgent.
The Kremlin will not back down and intends to strongly defend its position, but the Americans are considering new methods of coercion.
Trump's displays of power seem more like a way of escaping a reality that is much more difficult and complex than he could have imagined as a candidate.
Did he act out of gross incompetence or was he compromised by the Kremlin?