New trust confirmed at 3rd meeting

September 10, 1990|By New York Times

HELSINKI, Finland -- It was hard to believe, watching the two presidents boast about their new cooperation at the United Nations and at their three summit meetings, that it was less than two years ago that the Soviet Union still had an aura of evil for the presidential candidate George Bush.

While their differences became clearer after seven hours of talks at the Presidential Palace, Bush did not seem disappointed. Rather, he seemed swept away by the symbolism of Mikhail S. Gorbachev's smile.

As he tries with phone calls and letters and impromptu summits to draw his fellow leaders into a global club, Bush acts on former Secretary of State Henry Stimson's theory that "the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him."

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