Does Trump Believe Putin?

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

"(He should) maybe just think, I should probably put distance between myself and Vladimir Putin".

In Tokyo, no sooner did Trump's plane leave the tarmac than the finance minister declared that "We won't do an FTA".

I mean, they ought to look at Podesta.

"What do you mean you believe him?". As for US intelligence services, which have stuck to their assessment that Russian Federation did meddle with the last election and that Mr. Putin directed that action, Mr. Trump said he is "with" intelligence agencies "especially as now constituted with their leadership".

So, Donald Trump yet again said something mind-blowingly insane this week.

They also hailed the November 8 memorandum among the U.S., Russian Federation and Jordan, which "reinforces the success of the ceasefire initiative" in southern Syria.

It's not that hard to summon up images of our president ignoring reports from his own intelligence agencies about threats to our democracy, with possibly dire results.

The two presidents, today, welcomed the Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan, on November 8, 2017, between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America.

A meeting with Donald Trump that dovetailed with Trump's Asia tour would likely have been a benefit for Russian Federation in its attempts to maneuver through the twists of the "Korean knot".

"The Trump administration's plan of substituting bilateral FTAs for the multilateral TPP is going nowhere fast", said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

If he were a normal elected leader, he might have followed up with a rejoinder about how USA intelligence experts have nearly all come to the opposite conclusion - that Putin's government-sponsored hackers did do their best to throw a monkey wrench into the 2016 presidential electoral process, and may well have done enough damage to give Trump the wiggle room he needed to squeak into the White House. They were sanctioned at a very high level, and that took place very recently. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S. -Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS's losses on the battlefield in recent months. They even paid $100's of millions in ransom. But Trump doesn't believe that the country didn't have an influence. He's Vladimir Putin, ex-KGB.

The White House national security staff consists of people whose grasp on American diplomacy is far firmer than the president's, and one hopes they're directing American policy to a greater extent than the president's words would imply. Although the American leader remains calm outwardly, sources in the White House say that he is anxious about this investigation.

Putin, who has yet to make his presidential ambitions official, is widely expected to run in the 2018 election that would extend his presidency into 2024. "He's the President of the United States".

Contrast Trump's behavior not just with May's, but also that of Ronald Reagan, who was viscerally opposed to Communism and entered office determined to bring down the Soviet empire.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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