In Argentina for the annual G-20 conference, Mr. Trump is reported avoiding Mr. Putin after cancelling any official meeting between them.
Analysts probing this response remind that in the 2016 campaign Mr. Trump had been enthusiastic about Mr. Putin, and in follow-up meetings.
His collegiality with the Russian leader last June was so warm it led to charges of “treason” from Mr. Brennan, formerly head of the CIA.
At that time Mr. Trump deigned to suggest to Mr. Putin that the Russia-gate controversy was contrived and a waste of time.
In high dudgeon Mr. Brennan shouted “treason” a number of times and nearly choked on a radish at dinner.
Now, however, the winds of bromance have altered toward stiff northern breezes off the Arctic in December.
Not helping, according to analysts, was Mr. Putin’s very warm and excited greeting with Mr. Bin Salman at the beginning of this new G-20 conference.
The two exchanged high fives and a ferocious grinning episode in the full glare of cameras nearby.
Additionally, Mr. Macron’s intimacy with Mr. Bin Salman has somewhat frosted Trump sensibilities, especially since Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron have turned a corner in their intimacy.
Mr. Macron was overheard, in a lover’s aggrieved tone, telling Mr. Bin Salman, “You never listen to me."
This was in context with urging a political investigation is needed to clear the big man from Saudi Arabia.
With Mr. Trump now locked out of the boudoir in these relationships so to speak, a good deal of frost and frozen smiling is occurring around the edges of G-20 normal business.
Press Secretary Sanders is hot in denial.
“We need further information on the Ukraine situation with those ships plagiarizing Crimean waters to begin with,” she has stated.
Mr. Trump was also annoyed that Mr. Bin Salman kept to the Saudi consulate in Buenos Aires, instead of lodging at The Four Seasons.
This was perhaps due to the amount of protest in the streets over Mr. Bin Salman's indecorous relationship to the Khashoggi assassination.
“Well, I will continue at least looking presidential, if nothing else,” Trump was overheard to mutter as the meetings began.
The President was also as usual annoyed with the Mueller probe.
Once again this investigation has substituted illegal business maneuverings instead of “collusion to fix the 2016 election,” its original mission.
All in all, politics at this time continues with its theatrical brilliance, and whatever actual gains for the world are taking place remain obscure.