Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Global geopolitical Series: Trump defends better relations with Russian Federation as 'good thing'

A source familiar with President Donald Trump's thinking said the president is infuriated over the leak that he was instructed by his national security team not to congratulate Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election Putin re-elected as Russian president, Election Commission declares polls valid
Olivia Ford | 24 March, 2018, 16:33

There was no such sentiment from Trump himself, with the president instead suggesting his warm relationship with Putin could reset relations.

The billionaire real-estate developer from New York City who ran his business by edict must come to terms with the fact that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are co-equal.

During his March 1 State of the Nation speech, Putin revealed an array of new, powerful weapons he claimed were being developed for Russia's armed forces and were capable of thwarting advanced USA defenses.

Engaging Russia and preventing an arms race are undeniably important.

If Trump isn't Putin's lackey, it's past time for him to prove it. The phone call reinforced that approach. Election observers and Putin's political opponents have issued charges of widespread fraud in the election.

To put it plainly, the balloting was an exercise in fakery, and yet Putin heard from the leader of the world's lone superpower. The issue has loomed over the administration since Trump took office previous year and has infuriated the President.

"Only "stupid" people or fools" would dismiss closer ties with Russian Federation, he said before being sworn into office. "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing", the United States President wrote on Twitter. Many see Trump's congratulation to Putin as an endorsement of a rigged election system in Russian Federation. One of those officials was responsible for British soccer fans headed to Russian Federation for the games, according to Johnson.

Our intelligence community has warned Trump that, under Putin's leadership, the Russians have - and will continue to - meddle in our elections.

On Tuesday, 23 Russian diplomats expelled by the United Kingdom left London.

The Putin government retaliated by kicking out British diplomats.

So, here is the question: Does Trump just have a disgusting obsession with brutal dictators or do Putin and the Russians have some serious dirt on or leverage over the "billionaire"?

Maintaining Russia's defense capabilities will also remain among his priorities, he said, but promised that "there will be no increase in spending, no arms race". "Also to discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea and other things".

Trump defended his call in a series of tweets, pointing out that Obama had also congratulated Putin, during his presidency. "It's a completely disgusting statement", said a Kremlin spokesman, reported the BBC. McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the US presidential election.

But his administration has, of late, been extremely tough on the Russians via the implementation of sanctions over election meddling and through Nikki Haley's actions condemning them in the British spy poisoning attack.

Asked why Moscow would feel it could carry out such an attack, Mr. Johnson said: "It was a sign that President Putin, or the Russian state, wanted to give to potential defectors in their own agencies that this is what happens to you if you decide that you support a country with a different set of values such as our own: You can expect to be assassinated".

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