Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump's Russophilia Concerns His Nat'l. Security Team

The news that Putin puppet and Russian money-launderer Donald "Rump" Trump has scrapped the CIA's support for anti-Assad forces in Syria is just the latest example of his eagerness to do things in Moscow's interest. Through his decision, Rump has given his friend, Russian thug and autocrat Vladimir "Vlad the Invader" Putin a free hand in Syria on behalf of dictator and war criminal Bashar al-Assad. He's also strengthened the hand of Iran, which is a major supporter of Assad in the region.

We don't know what Rump discussed with Putin in his three hours of talks in Hamburg during the G-20 meetings, including a one hour head-to-head with no one else present but Putin's interpreter. He laughingly claimed yesterday that they discussed adoption of Russian children by Americans, something that was halted by Russia after the Magnitsky Act was passed in 2012, which imposed sanctions on many of Putin's closest Kremlin allies. So, if they discussed "adoptions" they discussed lifting those sanctions, since the two go hand-in-hand in Putin's mind. There's the likelihood that they also discussed the return of two properties used for Russian espionage, one on Maryland's eastern shore and the other in New York, that were closed by President Obama following Moscow's meddling in the elections. Rump has shown a willingness to return the properties, which would give Moscow the green light to continue its cyber attacks on the U.S. (Who knows - he may have even asked Putin to be his "cleaner" on any pesky past financial transactions.)

There's purportedly some angst among Rump's national security and foreign policy teams about his "Russia First" attitude when dealing with Putin. He met either alone or with one advisor with the Kremlin thug longer than any other leader while in Hamburg, notably seeming to diminish the North Korean crisis that will have to involve the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea. Rump having one-on-one meetings with former KGB colonel Putin was something Rump's advisors wanted to avoid at all costs in Hamburg, lest he give away the store (or intelligence) to curry favor with his handler. With the Syrian decision and the desire to capitulate on the Russian compounds, it looks like he's well on his way to doing just that for now.

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