From Russia with Revenge

If someone had been tasked with setting to music the first official meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, last July, would any song have been more apropos than Metallica’s Master of Puppets? The memory is likely a bit fuzzy, now, but a number of statements made in the waning days of the Obama administration by some of the most senior officials of the U.S. government bemoaning Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election via the internets must have made for quite the comedic spectacle at the Kremlin.

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