Russian president Vladimir Putin seems to be taunting U.S. President Donald Trump. Time after time, U.S. policy is overturned in favor of Russia because of Trump’s decisions to defer to Putin.
Trump Puts Russia First
The list of those decisions is a long one, and include”
- The GOP changed the Republican platform to support Russian interests in Ukraine.
- In January of 2018, Trump failed to meet a deadline to implement sanctions against Russia.
- Trump refused to admit that Russia directed efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
- After the U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats in response to Russia’s poisoning of a Russian man on U.K. soil, Trump was furious when he found the U.S. penalties were harsher than other nations’.
- Before the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. announced sanctions on Russia, Trump forced a reversal of these sanctions but failed to let her know.
All of these reports come together to paint a very clear picture: the United States, under President Trump, is subservient to Russia. The latest instance of this is shocking.
Syrian Gas Attacks and U.S. Response
After Russia-backed Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people (killing more than 40 people), Trump took to Twitter with his plans to retaliate:
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
He was soon forced to retract his statement, as he had yet to actually come to an agreement with Western allies about a coordinated response. Eventually, the coalition raid was executed. Trump quickly hailed it as a success:
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
Revealed: Russia Dictated Bombing Locations
One new development is rocking the world today. According to breaking reports, Russia dictated to Trump exactly where he wasn’t allowed to bomb:
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) April 20, 2018
In this interview, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked about the lead up to the raid let by the U.S., the U.K., and France. The interviewer asked Lavrov a very loaded question:
‘How detailed was the first notice of the planned missile attack and how early did Russia get it? Did we have an opportunity to draw “red lines” around some areas? Literally, “red lines” on the map?’
I’m sure every single person in the West would very much like to know the answer to that question. Lavrov gave a long and detailed answer, detailing the Russian dictation of the scope of the raid:
‘…contact was made at the top level in the army, at the level of the generals, between our representatives and the heads of of the US-led coalition. They were informed of where our “red lines” were, including the “red lines” located “on the territory,” geographically.’
Lavrov further claims that Russia’s instructions were followed to the letter:
‘…the results show that these “red lines” were not crossed.’
Russia Breaking U.S. News
Notice the source on this. Sputnik is a news agency completely controlled by the Russian government. One of the most interesting developments in the Trump administration is that the Kremlin is breaking news about the White House. There are several other instances of Russia knowing and releasing information before the White House or any other U.S. media company. It is shocking that Russia continues to exert control over the American news media and White House Press Office.
BREAKING: Kremlin spokesman says President Vladimir Putin is meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 12, 2017
BREAKING: Kremlin: Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set. https://t.co/jZTUfXCa70
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 2, 2018
Trump congratulates Putin on election, discusses meeting to overcome 'piled-up problems in U.S.-Russian relations,' Kremlin says https://t.co/X4SuLT0QhU
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 20, 2018
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 28, 2017
The most incredible example of this occurred in May of 2017 and concerned an Oval Office meeting between Trump and several Russian officials. U.S. press was barred from the meeting, but Russian press was not. And, to the frustration of White House officials, Russian photographers posted to social media without clearing it through the White House:
— MFA Russia ?? (@mfa_russia) May 10, 2017
They even posted photos of Lavrov making a joke about Comey’s then recent firing:
— MFA Russia ?? (@mfa_russia) May 10, 2017
The White House was livid:
‘”They tricked us,” an angry White House official said…That’s the problem with the Russians — they lie,” the official added.’
This is clearly not disinformation, either. In these instances, the White House eventually confirmed these Russian news stories.
The White House failed to mention that Trump proposed Putin visit White House during their March 20 phone call. But after the Kremlin leaked the info to Russian news outlets, Sarah Sanders was forced to confirm it.#Maddow https://t.co/1SxRMDR77L pic.twitter.com/rilWpzY91J
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) April 2, 2018
Read the full interview with Lavrov here.
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