Donald Trump made a very damning public statement that has many US officials scratching their heads. He openly admitted to being a Russian asset, and claimed that good relations with Russia are generally a good thing. The fact that Donald Trump has mentioned that he would like to lift sanctions on Russia has caused much concern for many Americans.
Trump made the following comments during a press interview, “Trump said that “if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.” Donald Trump has claimed that he wants to strengthen ties to Russia, and that being friendly with them is generally a good thing. He has dismissed intelligence reports accusing Russia of election hacking, and publicly stated that he won fair and square.
Recent revelations have just been reported about how Donald Trump would like to lift sanctions put in place by outgoing president Obama against Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine. However, those sanctions are likely to be lifted, as long as Russia takes a helpful stance on fighting terrorism, says Donald Trump.
Donald Trump wants to withdraw the US from NATO, and withdraw US troops from Syria all together. This is in line with what Russia has been calling for, for quite some time now actually. In fact in 2015, foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov questioned why NATO even exists, and urged NATO members to withdraw from the organization, claiming it poses existential threat to the Russia federation.
Donald Trump also wants to weakened US diplomatic relations with China, and potentially start a trade war with one of the largest economies in the world. Donald Trump has gone on record discrediting the US intelligence community, while simultaneously praising Russian president Vladimir Putin. This is seen as very suspicious by some, prompting them to accuse Russia of blackmailing Donald Trump.
In past comments Donald Trump has seemed to indicate that he is willing to either make US protections under NATO conditional on whether or not America is paid for their service, or simply withdrawing from NATO all together. This has caused many NATO members to become very concerned over whether or not the future of NATO can coexists with a Donald Trump presidency.
Essentially Donald Trump is trying to turn America into glorified mercenaries, which is a stark change of direction from how American foreign policy and international diplomacy has been carried out historically. Essentially, Donald Trump is allowing Russia to grow its sphere of influence in other parts of the world, as America’s influence diminishes.
Some have accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of trying to recreate the formerly disbanded Soviet Union. Some even has went as far as to say that Vladimir Putin actually helped get Donald Trump elected, by hacking the US elections and by spreading fake news and propaganda.
Some reports have even claimed that Russia has dirt on Trump, and is blackmailing him into his Russia friendly positions. Whatever the case may be, there is one thing that is very clear; and that is a Donald Trump presidency will significantly change America’s domestic and foreign policy.
According to reports, us president Donald Trump will also be meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin shortly after his inauguration. Within the first few weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump is expected to attend a summit in Iceland where he will be joined by Vladimir Putin.
Some have denied the reports, but still it does little to ease the doubts many have posed about Trump’s many ties with foreign governments. This is true especially in light of the fact that on December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be his nominee for Secretary of State.
This action caused concern for many, because Rex Tillerson does have business ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Additionally many have taken issue with the fact that in 2014, Tillerson strongly opposed the sanctions against Russia. This is compounded by the fact that Tilllerson was previously the director of the joint US-Russian oil company Exxon Neftegas.
The fact that Donald Trump has mentioned that he would like to lift sanctions on Russia has caused much concern for many Americans. This is especially true in light of the fact that in January 2017, it was revealed that while Tillerson was a senior executive at ExxonMobil, a European joint venture called Infineum conducted business with Iran, Syria, and Sudan when those states were under US sanctions.
The meeting has not be formally announced yet. As of now the report is unsubstantiated and has received criticism from some high ranking officials. In fact the White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted out that the reports were 100% false.
According to reports, this meeting has not been formally announced, and Iceland has not even been contacted as of yet. Still there were earlier reports that Donald Trump’s transition team actually had a phone call to high ranking government officials within Russia to arrange an in person meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, on December 28th.
This was in light of the fact that outgoing US President Barrack Obama had just expelled Russian spies from the US, in retaliation to reports by the intelligence community that Russian actors interfered in the US elections.
Donald Trump has claimed that he wants to strengthen ties to Russia, and that being friendly with them is generally a good thing. He has dismissed intelligence reports accusing Russia of election hacking, and publicly stated that he won fair and square.
The alleged topic to be discussed is actually nuclear disarmament. This is in light of the fact that both Russia’s Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump publicly made statements detailing their desires to increase the capabilities of their country’s nuclear weapons.