OK, well, I’m curious about just how closely Russia followed the Kremlin playbook when it meld (ph) in our democracy, specifically whether the Russians had a preference for President Trump because he had already been ensnared in their web of patronage — web of patronage is a quote from the report. Is it possible that in the Russian’s views — view Trump’s business interests would make him more amenable to cooperating with them, quote, more disposed to deal with Russia as the IC report says? … [Read more...] about GOP Probe: ‘Significant Failings’ with Obama Intel Agencies’ Claim Putin Favored Trump over Hillary
Why putin wants trump
“Putin wants to promote Russia as an equal co-partner with the United States… he’s a politician. He wants to stay in office in his own country, and a lot of the policies he’s pursuing are designed to achieve that, just as some that President Trump is doing,” Pickering said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.” … [Read more...] about Ex-Amb. Pickering: Putin Wants Russia to Be ‘Equal Co-Partner’ With US
Nevertheless, these efforts crumbled in late summer 2015. With the Syrian regime on the brink of collapse and no diplomatic solution in sight, Russia dispatched its air force and later ground troops. This military effort reversed much of the Syrian government’s territorial losses. … [Read more...] about Putin wants a shining legacy. He has to solve 3 big problems first.
Hawks in the Trump administration and top U.S. Middle East allies are worried about Assad’s other patron, Iran, which has deployed significant forces and funded powerful militias to fight an anti-Assad insurgency. With Trump long interested in the idea that Russia and the U.S. can cooperate more closely in Syria, ideally to wind down the American role there altogether, they are now pushing the line that Putin might weed out Iran―and that the two leaders can achieve a landmark agreement on that question. … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin Has Trump Right Where He Wants Him
Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki, Finland, yesterday ready for his 'one-on-one' meeting with Vladimir Putin today The meeting has gone ahead despite an ongoing FBI probe in America into alleged Russian interference in the US election Investigator Robert Mueller's team indicted 12 Russian spies on Friday, accusing them of a "sustained effort" to hack the Democrats in 2016 Trump denies his team colluded with the Russian hacking campaign and has labelled it a 'Rigged Witch Hunt' in today's tweets His meeting with Putin comes just days after he spent a week sowing discord among traditional allies Nato, Britain and the EU In a bombshell interview with The Sun last week, he claimed PM Theresa May's soft Brexit blueprint would "kill" a cherished UK-US trade deal Allies fear he may offer concessions to Vladimir Putin that could include recognising Russian possession of the Crimea, or the relaxing of economic sanctions Yesterday, in an interview with CBS, Trump said the EU was one of America's … [Read more...] about Donald Trump says he wants ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Vladimir Putin as pair hold historic summit in Helsinki