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Analysis: Trump Opens His Arms to Russia. His Administration Closes Its Fist.

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By MARK LANDLER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
13 hrs ago



WASHINGTON — It was a jarring moment, even for an American leader whose curious attraction to Russia has often resulted in mixed messages from the United States.

Just a few hours after President Trump doused expectations of extracting any confession from President Vladimir V. Putin on Russia’s election meddling when they meet on Monday, his own Justice Department issued a sweeping indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.

The bold move, precisely the kind that Mr. Trump has long resisted, demonstrated how he is almost wholly untethered from his administration when it comes to dealing with Moscow. Whether it is Russia’s interference in the election, its annexation of Crimea or its intervention in Syria, Mr. Trump’s statements either undercut, or flatly contradict, those of his lieutenants.

The disconnect is so profound that it often seems Mr. Trump is pursuing one Russia policy, set on ushering in a gauzy new era of cooperation with Mr. Putin, while the rest of his administration is pursuing another, set on countering a revanchist power that the White House has labeled one of the greatest threats to American security and prosperity.

As Mr. Trump prepares to meet with Mr. Putin in Finland, diplomats and former government officials said these contradictions would undermine both the president’s efforts to cultivate a relationship with Mr. Putin and his government’s efforts to halt Russia’s campaigns to damage American democratic institutions and bully its neighbors.

“The president has hobbled his own executive branch, and the executive branch has hobbled its own president,” said Strobe Talbott, a Russia expert who served as deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration and was president of the Brookings Institution. “It’s a three-legged race with the contestants going in opposite directions.”

This past week provided a spectacle of crossed signals on Russia. In Europe, Mr. Trump disparaged the investigation of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, while in Washington, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, somberly announced the latest round of indictments in the case.

“I call it the rigged witch hunt,” Mr. Trump said, as Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain looked on. “I think that really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with Russia.”

A few hours later, Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, compared the danger of Russian cyberattacks to the stream of terrorist threats against the United States before Sept. 11, 2001. He said Mr. Putin should be held responsible for them.

In his hawkishness toward Moscow, Mr. Coats lines up with other members of Mr. Trump’s national security team, from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The national security adviser, John R. Bolton, has publicly encouraged Mr. Trump to keep pressing Russia on election meddling, noting that in a preparatory meeting with him, Mr. Putin denied Russian state involvement, but not any Russian involvement at all.

“The president will have to pursue that further, and I think that’s one reason he and President Putin need to have this conversation,” Mr. Bolton said two weeks ago.

The White House enshrined a tough approach to Russia in its national security strategy, which was written under the direction of Mr. Bolton’s predecessor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who spoke regularly about the threat Moscow posed to America’s institutions.

The document says Russia and China “are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”

The administration has deployed time-tested diplomatic weapons against Moscow. According to an internal government document, the United States has imposed sanctions on 213 Russian-related targets, including close associates of Mr. Putin, since January 2017, as punishment for Russia’s cyberattacks and its predatory behavior in Ukraine.

The State Department shut down the Russian Consulate in San Francisco in a tit-for-tat move after Russia struck back against sanctions. And it expelled 60 Russian diplomats to retaliate for Russia’s poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.

In some respects, it has gone further than the Obama administration. In December 2017, the White House approved the sale of lethal defensive weapons to the Ukrainian military for its battle against Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine — a step President Barack Obama resisted because he feared it would escalate the confrontation with Russia.

Mr. Trump does not hesitate to take credit for the hard line toward Russia. But he does so in perfunctory language, rarely turning his fire on Mr. Putin himself and instead making unfavorable comparisons to his predecessor, Mr. Obama.

“President Obama failed very badly with Crimea,” Mr. Trump said on Friday when asked about Russia’s annexation. “This was an Obama disaster. And I think if I were president then, he would not have taken over Crimea.”

On Saturday, while at his golf club in Scotland, Mr. Trump blamed Mr. Obama for not acting against Russia’s election interference. “These Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years. Why didn’t Obama do something about it? Because he thought Crooked Hillary Clinton would win, that’s why,” he said in a tweet.

While some former Obama administration officials say they now wish Mr. Obama had reacted more forcefully, they argue that if he had spoken out, Mr. Trump would have accused him of trying to rig the election. Mr. Obama did personally issue a warning to Mr. Putin in September 2016 not to tamper with the election, and then his administration formally accused Russia of stealing and leaking emails from the Democratic National Committee, among others.

Mr. Trump has consistently played down Russia’s role in the election, or his obligation to prevent such disruption from happening again. When his spokeswoman issued a statement about the indictment of the 12 Russians, it said nothing about the attack on American democracy, emphasizing instead that no one in his campaign had been accused of wrongdoing.

The president typically adopts a tone of weary irritation when he is asked about questioning Mr. Putin on the topic, like a parent being asked by a child, for the 20th time, whether a long family drive is almost over.

“Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Putin, after the two spoke in Vietnam last November. “I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry, echoing Mr. Trump’s claim of a “deep state” conspiracy behind the special counsel inquiry, said late Friday that political forces in the United States that are opposed to a rapprochement had timed the release of the new indictments to “spoil the atmosphere” before the Russian-American summit meeting.

Officials in the administration argue that its policies give Mr. Trump leverage over Mr. Putin. The Russian leader, they said, desperately wants to ease the pressure of sanctions, on his economy and his cronies. Mr. Trump’s promise to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal is putting pressure on Mr. Putin to seek an arms control treaty to replace the so-called New Start treaty.

Some Obama administration officials agree that the geopolitical conditions should favor the United States. “We’re holding the strongest hand we’ve had with a Russian president in a long time,” said Victoria Nuland, a former assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

“Trump should be demanding a rollback of bad Russian behavior,” said Ms. Nuland, who is now the chief executive of the Center for a New American Security. “Instead we’re wondering what gifts he’s going to give him.”

Former officials acknowledge that Mr. Trump’s aides have given up trying to manage what he says to Mr. Putin in phone calls or meetings. Mr. Putin proposed the idea of a meeting in March during a call in which Mr. Trump ignored advice not to congratulate the Russian leader on his lopsided re-election victory and did not bring up Russia’s meddling in the American election.

Diplomats argue that in the psychology of leader-to-leader relations, Mr. Trump’s refusal to criticize Mr. Putin — combined with his solicitous tone in seeking a relationship with him — outweighs the effect of sanctions or the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

“What matters is what he says,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a senior diplomat who served in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. “There’s no question that President Trump is weakening the policy — when he essentially makes the Russian argument on Crimea, when he doesn’t stand up for NATO or the European Union.”

When the two leaders sit down in Helsinki, Mr. Trump’s abiding desire to win over Mr. Putin will loom as a powerful dynamic.

Those who have studied Mr. Putin argue that he has gotten to know his American counterpart quite well from afar, a familiarity that will give him the upper hand at a summit meeting whose very existence is in many ways an achievement for the Russian president.

“Putin’s going to be incredibly well briefed, have a great background and knowledge about Trump, and as a former intelligence agent, the idea of manipulating Donald Trump comes naturally to him, whereas Trump assumes that he can walk into a room with anybody cold,” said Derek Shearer, a former United States ambassador to Finland who organized a 1997 summit meeting between Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin in Helsinki.

Given Mr. Trump’s distaste for reading briefing memos and impatience with extensive preparation sessions with advisers, it is unclear how he might respond to Mr. Putin’s attempts to win concessions.

“There’s something about Putin, with his macho image and the imperial trappings that he has built up in the 18 years since he came to power that appeals to Trump, and his own self-image,” said Alexander Vershbow, a former United States ambassador to Russia who helped prepare Mr. Clinton for his Helsinki summit meeting two decades ago.

Mr. Putin, he added, “is ready to lure him into many different traps.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...tration-closes-its-fist/ar-AAA4lK6?ocid=ientp
 

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Trump respects Putin because he helped the Christians of Syria by beating the shit out of ISIS. That is also the reason why (((CIA))) hates Putin.
 

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Fascists and neocons HATE Russia. Really, what more does anyone need to know? This is their basic tool of fear on which the swamp, 95% of ALL it's corruption and the MIC depend on. Their ideology simply cannot have any effect on any population without some fabricated boogyman. This IS their ultimate tool of fear and what keeps their pile of BS steamin'.

For those who want to blame Putin for OKing the Uranium One deal, just how naive are you? Would you not jump at the chance to purchase the energy required for your foe's most devastating weapons? What better way to peacefully take the upper hand in the struggle? Not only that IF your foes actions are ever exposed to the populace of their country they will be derided and ultimately be deposed while your foe's country bear's the embarrassment globally. If not handled properly it could very well trigger the collapse of your foe's government or at least deeply hinder their ability to impose their will on the nations of the world. Sound familiar?
 

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Trump touches down in Helsinki for 'low expectations' summit after venting: If I was given Moscow 'as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia' it wouldn't be good enough for Democrats and the Media

  • President Trump flew to Helsinki Sunday for his summit with Vladimir Putin
  • He vented that no matter well he does he won't be appreciated
  • Said that would apply even if 'I was given the great city of Moscow'
  • Blasted the media as the 'enemy of the people,' a term used in Soviet times
  • The shots came after indictments of 14 Russians accused of election hack conspiracy
  • Trump said in an interview taped Saturday of his meeting with Putin: 'I go in with low expectations'
  • He called the European Union a 'foe' on trade
  • There is no clear agenda for Monday's meeting and no 'deliverables' agreed to
  • Asked of his goals for the summit, Trump said: 'I'll let you know after the meeting'
  • Foreign policy experts worry the president will promise concessions to Putin
  • Trump could pledge to ease sanctions or cut U.S. military exercises in Europe
  • He said he will raise Russian election hacking but doesn't expect to get a confession
  • He golfed at his Scottish course for a second day on Sunday
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...Helsinki-Putin-meeting-downtime-Scotland.html
 

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Trump begins his Putin summit day by bashing U.S. 'foolishness and stupidity' on Russia – as he rails against the 'Rigged Witch Hunt' and 'Crooked Hillary' but reassures: 'We'll do just fine'

  • President Trump is in Helsinki Monday for his summit with Vladimir Putin
  • He meets the Russian president for 90 minutes one-on-one
  • He began Monday by bashing the Mueller probe
  • The Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers Friday
  • Russia is 'ready' to discuss meddling and non-intervention, RIA reported in Russia
  • He went after U.S. 'foolishness and stupidity' dealing with Russia
  • Trump earlier vented that no matter how well he does he won't be appreciated
  • Said that would apply even if 'I was given the great city of Moscow'
  • Blasted the media as the 'enemy of the people,' a term used in Soviet times
  • The shots came after indictments of 12 Russian spies accused of election hack conspiracy
  • Trump said in an interview taped Saturday of his meeting with Putin: 'I go in with low expectations'
  • He called the European Union a 'foe' on trade
  • There is no clear agenda for Monday's meeting and no 'deliverables' agreed to
  • Foreign policy experts worry the president will promise concessions to Putin
  • Trump could pledge to ease sanctions or cut U.S. military exercises in Europe
  • He golfed his Scottish course for a second day on Sunday
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ashing-Rigged-Witch-Hunt-Crooked-Hillary.html
 

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Vinograd: Trump an asset of the Russian government
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CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd says President Donald Trump has proven to be a tool of Russian President Vladimir Putin to spread misinformation and disinformation.
 

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Mark Warner: Putin will take advantage of Trump
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said that he he wants more administration officials in room when President Trump meets with Russian President Putin at their upcoming summit
 

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Democrats and Deep State Terrified of What Putin May Tell Trump at Helsinki Meeting
by Jim Hoft July 15, 2018 488 Comments
Guest post by Joe Hoft




The Democrats, Deep State Mueller and Rosenstein and their MSM are doing all they can to prevent President Donald Trump from meeting with Russian President Putin.
Why are they so persistent in stopping the President of the US from meeting with Putin? You would think this was a good thing, right?

President Trump is planning on meeting with Russian President Putin over the next few days in Finland. These will be the first scheduled meetings between the US President, accused by the Democrats and the Deep State and their MSM of the fake story of colluding with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.

The Deep State is going crazy – CNN reports the following –

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections. Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
The top Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump must immediately cancel his meeting with Putin.”​
Far left VOX goes as far as to call the meeting a gift for Putin.

Corrupt Rosenstein came out Friday with a quickly scheduled presser to announce the indictment of another 12 Russians supposedly who interfered in the 2016 election. The case however, like the prior indictments against Russians, appears weak at best. Numerous observations already over the weekend show the indictments are suspect.


So why are the Democrats, the Deep State and the MSM so petrified of President Trump meeting with Putin? The answer is because they are deathly afraid of not what Putin might tell Trump but what evidence Putin might have that would indict their leaders in prior criminal actions.

Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas says that Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein should be fired due to their involvement with Russia and the Uranium One scandal where Russia paid the Clinton foundation over $140 million and in return the Obama Administration provided 20% of US uranium to Russia.


Mueller, Rosenstein, Obama, the Clintons and many more have questionable actions in the past related to Russia. These people do not want Trump to obtain evidence of their sordid actions with Russia. They are trying to prevent Trump from meeting Putin and finding out.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/20...hat-putin-may-tell-trump-at-helsinki-meeting/
 

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Putin rides a horse without a shirt on holding a badass hunting rifle.

Eurocucks fall off horses and get paralyzed
 

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Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki: Talks & protest (MIX FEED)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump are holding a bilateral meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.
 

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Putin's Limo: First public appearance of Aurus outside Russia
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in Helsinki to meet with US counterpart Donald Trump, is using the occasion to showcase Russia’s new Aurus limo, the state car designed as part of a new luxury brand. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ad5
 

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Get ready for the Ministry of Truth to make shit up to smear any good that comes from this meeting...........


 

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Vinograd: Trump an asset of the Russian government
CNN



Published on Jul 15, 2018
CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd says President Donald Trump has proven to be a tool of Russian President Vladimir Putin to spread misinformation and disinformation.
Mark Warner: Putin will take advantage of Trump
CNN


Published on Jul 15, 2018
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said that he he wants more administration officials in room when President Trump meets with Russian President Putin at their upcoming summit
:laughing::belly laugh::funky::dancing guy:dduck::blond::thumbs up 2:

Demodummies are our entertainment today.Soon their queen is going down along with that embarrassment, the Kenyan, pederast Podesta, psycho Strozk, Comey the cuck, scatterbrain Pelosi, wicked witch of the west Feinstein, McStain will hopefully get wiped up before gets wiped out, wretched Rosenstein and all the assorted asshats that populate the swamp and make it work. The Demodummies party will be going down in flames. The left will go apoplectic along with shedding many more tears than on election night...I might actually run out of popcorn! But it will be so worth buying more!
 

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:laughing::belly laugh::funky::dancing guy:dduck::blond::thumbs up 2:

Demodummies are our entertainment today.Soon their queen is going down along with that embarrassment, the Kenyan, pederast Podesta, psycho Strozk, Comey the cuck, scatterbrain Pelosi, wicked witch of the west Feinstein, McStain will hopefully get wiped up before gets wiped out, wretched Rosenstein and all the assorted asshats that populate the swamp and make it work. The Demodummies party will be going down in flames. The left will go apoplectic along with shedding many more tears than on election night...I might actually run out of popcorn! But it will be so worth buying more!
Just hearing these people speak makes me nauseous. The brunette has so much Botox stretching her face out her lips barely move when she speaks!
 

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Just hearing these people speak makes me nauseous. The brunette has so much Botox stretching her face out her lips barely move when she speaks!
Maybe, but I don't think it's botox. She is probably so wound up, so uptight, so tense at this moment because so many of her biases and prejudices and all the lies she actually believes and all the ginned up anger and hate against Trump is ALL being challenged and that right in her face that her head is about a pubic hair's width away from exploding in front of the camera. I hope that's televised!

The media has entered it's very own apocalypse. Any day now it could go down in flames. DEFINITELY when and after the arrests start! Their remaining time is no longer measured in decades or years or even months...it's down to weeks and days. May their guilt weigh heavily on their souls and their poverty as tattered clothing in an endless ice storm. Then comes the pedopukes and the doers of unspeakable evil of acts I can't/won't even imagine. May their last days on earth be the beginning manifestation of their eternal curse.
 

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US Establishment In Hysterics That Trump-Putin Summit Might Succeed


by Tyler Durden
Sun, 07/08/2018 - 20:50


Authored by Jim Jatras, op-ed via RT.com,

There are many reasons the bipartisan US establishment hates Trump. His heresies from neoliberal orthodoxies on immigration and trade are prominent. But top among them is his oft-stated intention to improve relations with Russia.



That’s fighting words for the Deep State and its mainstream media arm, for which demonizing Russia and its president Vladimir Putin is an obsession.

The fact that Donald Trump made his intention to get along with Moscow a priority during his 2016 campaign, both against his Republican primary rivals and Hillary Clinton (who has compared Putin to Hitler) was cause for alarm. This is because far more than even the frightening prospect that the 70-year state of war on the Korean Peninsula might end, US reconciliation with Russia would yank the rug out from under the phony justifications for spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually to counter a “threat” that ceased to exist over a quarter century ago. Absent hostility to Russia that money has no reason to keep sustaining the power, privilege, and prosperity of a horde of moochers and profiteers, both at home and abroad.

That’s why when it was reported soon after his January 2017 inauguration that Trump was seeking to open dialogue with the Kremlin and set an early summit with Putin there was a hysterical counteraction. As described just over a year ago by conservative columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan:

“Trump planned a swift lifting of sanctions on Russia after inauguration and a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin to prevent a second Cold War. The State Department was tasked with working out the details. Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received ‘panicky’ calls of ‘Please, my God, can you stop this?’. Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded. “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.​

Back then, constitutional government and the rule of law took a back seat to bureaucratic obstructionism, atop months of a phony “Russian collusion” story that even anti-Russian Republican Congressmen are now calling to “finish the hell up.” But now, in the aftermath of the successful Singapore summit and with the collusion narrative looking ever more threadbare, Trump is back on track. The summit with Putin will finally take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, the site of earlier meetings between American and Russian leaders.

Today the assaults on Trump are no less frenzied than a year ago, but they seem to pack less of a punch with the critics’ glum awareness that, aside from some extraordinary provocation, little can be done to stop the summit from taking place. The Beltway Swamp’s flagship bulletin board Washington Post accused Trump of “kowtowing” to Putin by merely agreeing to meet with him. Trump’s one-on-one with the “autocrat” Putin will be a “meeting of kindred spirits,” warned the conceited New York Times. Putin has “devoured” Trump grumbled über-Russophobe Ralph Peters on CNN. Trump wants to “Finlandize” the US moaned Max Boot. Officials in the United Kingdom, a key culprit in ginning up “Russiagate” in the first place, are particularly scared that – horror! – there could be a peace deal between Trump and Putin.

Major worries are voiced by useless freeloader countries we call“allies,” whose governments fret that the US will become less reliable – to their rulers’ interests of course, not to those of the American people. This specifically means the members of NATO, whose summit Trump will attend prior to Helsinki. As former US ambassador to Moscow and to NATO Alexander Vershbow suggests, “allies are wondering whether they will be in for nothing more than a tongue lashing by President Trump over insufficient defense spending, further inflaming transatlantic divisions over trade, the Iran deal, and other issues.”

Indeed, Trump’s hammering on the NATO deadbeats’ treating the US as a piggy bank that will no longer be at their disposal exposes the biggest fraud at the heart of the long-obsolete alliance: there is no threat of Russian military “aggression” and they all know it. If these countries really thought they were in danger of invasion from Russia (and not from Third World migrants, regarding which NATO is totally worthless) they wouldn’t need Trump to nag them about spending, they’d commit more money because they knew they had to.

The proof is in noting which NATO member, after the US, consistently spends the largest GDP share on its military: Greece. Is that because the penniless Greeks are terrified of Russia? No, they’re afraid of a genuine threat from their fellow NATO “ally,”Turkey.

In the absence of an actual military menace from the east, NATO advocates are scrambling to come up with ever more imaginative justifications. As described by one member of Latvia’s parliament on the website of the Atlantic Council, a leading Washington establishment think tank, the real Russian threat comes from “hybrid warfare, with an increased focus on asymmetric and nontraditional military capabilities, has made it considerably more difficult for NATO to counter destabilization efforts, information operations, cyber-attacks, disinformation, propaganda, and psychological operations.”Yeah sure, maybe Trump will fall for that! Anything to save the Atlantic Council’s $30 million budget provided by a Who’s Who of US government agencies, NATO and Gulf Arab governments, and military contractor firms.

However, it should not be thought that the US and NATO establishment’s hostility to Russia is entirely venal. There is also a strong ideological component. Whereas during the first Cold War much of the western establishment, especially on the Left, felt an affinity for the materialist goals of communism (if not its methods), Russia’s reemergence under Putin as a conservative country in which national traditions and the Orthodox Church are respected has led to a bitter sense of betrayal. That makes Putin, as articulated by Hillary Clinton, leader of the worldwide “authoritarian, white-supremacist, and xenophobic movement” who is “emboldening right-wing nationalists, separatists, racists, and even neo-Nazis.” No Soviet leader, not even Joseph Stalin, was ever portrayed in such diabolical fashion in US media and government circles the way Putin is.

It is no coincidence that Trump himself is vilified in the same dire Hitlerian terms once reserved for foreign targets of regime change like Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Gaddafi. Together with the rising elements of anti-establishmentism in Europe, most recently in the installation of a patriotic Lega/Five-Star government in Rome, the post-modern, neo-liberal elite on both sides of the Atlantic feels its dominance slipping away.

For some Democratic partisans and Never-Trump neo-conservative Republicans, horror at improved US-Russia relations competes with the loathing of Trump personally. But for other Americans, both supporters of the President and people who find him objectionable, the summit should not be seen as a litmus test about their attitudes toward the current occupant of the White House. Rather, the issue is what the summit can mean for Americans’ safety and security – and perhaps our very survival.

Claims of Russian collusion and attitudes toward Trump have obscured the fact that Russia is the only country on the planet with a nuclear establishment on a par with ours. Even during the worst periods of the first Cold War with the USSR, US administrations of both parties kept in mind that a minimum of mutual respect and open communication was not just prudent, it was literally a matter of life and death – for the American people and for the world.

During the past few years as we have entered what has been called a second Cold War, this time with post-communist Russia, the seriousness with which the US used to regard the old Soviet Union has been lacking. The bipartisan foreign policy consensus became a closed, incestuous loop in which Republicans and Democrats vied for who could be most strident in their anti-Russian attitudes: let’s poke the bear and see if he growls!



NATO expansion right in Russia’s face became an end in itself, continuing with induction of Montenegro in 2017, plans to welcome Macedonia (or North Macedonia or whatever other silly name is concocted to appease Hellenic pride) – even Ukraine, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina remain formally on track for joining.

Color revolutions and disastrous wars of regime change toppled Moscow-friendly governments, justified as supposed “democracy promotion.” Risk of confrontation between US and Russian military personnel – studiously avoided during Cold War 1 – takes place with reckless glee in Russia’s Black and Baltic Seas littorals, in Ukraine, and especially in Syria, where earlier this year American forces reportedly slaughtered many Russian contractors – to the delight of some of those now warning darkly against the Trump-Putin meeting. Perhaps most dangerously, the painfully constructed complex of arms control agreements has atrophied as both sides build up stocks of new hypersonic, cyber, and space weapons.

It is perhaps beyond the power of either Trump or Putin to reverse this dangerous trend with one stroke, but maybe they can at least make a start in arresting it. The usual suspects warn of failure, but their real worry is that the summit might be a success. Let’s hope their worst nightmare comes true and peace breaks out.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...nt-hysterics-trump-putin-summit-might-succeed
Shepard Traitor Smith from Fox News just accused our President of Treason
 

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Shepard Traitor Smith from Fox News just accused our President of Treason
Yep. The Ministry of Truth, traitor RINO's and their democrat party are SHITTING THEMSELVES.
What a great day to be alive and aware, folks! . . :2 thumbs up:

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TRUMP Attacks “Foolishness” of Democrat-Media “Witch Hunt” … MEDIA AND #NEVERTRUMP GOES INSANE!
July 16, 2018, 9:55 am by Jim Hoft 90 Comments

BUSTED: FAKE NEWS Media Mocks Trump for His Comments to Finnish President — Then Photos FROM LAST WEEK Prove Trump Right
July 16, 2018, 9:11 am by Jim Hoft 137 Comments

Trump Brings Up Pakistani Imran Awan During Helsinki Presser (VIDEO)
July 16, 2018, 12:04 pm by Cristina Laila 69 Comments

Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Unhinged: Trump’s Press Conference ‘Exceeds High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Nothing Short of Treasonous’
July 16, 2018, 12:34 pm by Cristina Laila 250 Comments

Pelosi Freaks Over Trump-Putin Summit – Orders Speaker Paul Ryan to ‘Stop Protecting President Trump’
July 16, 2018, 1:07 pm by Cristina Laila 104 Comments

With Pelosi’s Urging– Paul Ryan Slams Trump for Putin Meeting
July 16, 2018, 1:29 pm by Jim Hoft 145 Comments

Putin Destroys Deep State – Blows Up Mueller’s Indictment of Concord Management
July 16, 2018, 1:36 pm by Jim Hoft 63 Comments


PUTIN DROPS BOMB AT HELSINKI PRESSER: Says US Intelligence Helped Move $400,000,000 to HILLARY Campaign!! (VIDEO)

July 16, 2018, 10:58 am by Jim Hoft 636 Comments
  • President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

During the press conference Putin dropped a bomb!

Putin accused a Bill Browder of donating $400,000,000 to HILLARY CLINTON!!!
Vladimir Putin: Last year there was one extradition case by the United States… Mueller can use this treaty as an official request to us… in this case this kind of effort should be a reciprical one… For instance we can bring up Mr. Browder… They sent a huge amount of money $400,000,000 to Hillary Clinton!

Putin offered permitting officials in the US, including Mueller, to Russia to assist in their investigation of the supposed Trump-Russia collusion story. Then Putin dropped his bomb where the US could reciprocate Russia in one of their investigations –

For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well that’s their personal case. It might have been legal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned was illegal. So we have solid reason to believe that some [US] intelligence offers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest in questioning them.
MORE on Bill Browder… Browder is an American-born British financier. He is the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management, an investment fund that at one time was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia.

Bill Browder’s grandfather was head of the Communist Party USA.

The Russian government put Browder on the Interpol most wanted list in 2017.

The Washington Post reported:

Browder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he testified that Prevezon “hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky. . . . He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistleblower and was instead a criminal.” As a former Wall Street Journal reporter, Simpson had extensive contacts with his former media colleagues he could use to spread anti-Magnitsky propaganda.​

Browder alleged that “Glenn Simpson was trying, on behalf of the Putin regime, to cover up the murder of Sergei Magnitsky, knowingly lying to journalists in Washington to write false stories. . . . Natalia Veselnitskaya hired him to lie, and Natalia Veselnitskaya was working for Putin. So it’s pretty clear to me that this was a major Putin operation.” (In a statement, Fusion GPS counsel Joshua Levy strongly denied Browder’s claims: “William Browder has an ax to grind with Fusion GPS. His retaliatory attacks on the company are not supported by a shred of evidence. His latest claim that Fusion GPS was hired by the Kremlin to cover up the murder of Sergei Magnitsky — five years after it occurred — is untrue and defamatory. His death was a tragedy, and no one at Fusion GPS has ever said anything to the contrary.”)​

Earlier this year, Browder filed a complaint with the Justice Department accusing Fusion GPS and others involved in the anti-Magnitsky campaign of unlawfully lobbying on behalf of Russian interests in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In a letter to the department, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote, “The issue is of particular concern to the Committee given that when Fusion GPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it appears to have been simultaneously overseeing the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier of allegations of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”​

Here’s the bottom line: We have congressional testimony, under oath, that Clinton hired the same firm to smear Trump that Putin reportedly used to smear Magnitsky. Moreover, we also know that the Fusion GPS dossier relied on senior Russian government officials for much of the dirt it compiled, including “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and a “former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Together, those are bombshell revelations.​
Yet today, there is barely a peep in the mainstream media about the Clinton-Fusion-Putin connection.​
Browder spoke out against Trump meeting with Putin on Sunday.



Bill Browder
@Billbrowder


My thoughts on the huge error of Trump meeting with Putin as effective 'equals' in Helsinki. Putin is a guy who should be contained, not engaged.
ABC News
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"Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld


https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/20...roup-gave-400000000-to-hillary-clinton-video/
 

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Smith is a pos communist fag like 99% of the so called msm.
Trump is coming home with a list of Pedophiles and proof that is why he met with Putin today. The false flag was when Rosenstein announced the indightments two days ago. I think Rosenstein will be gone sooner than you think
 

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Newt Gingrich says Trump made 'the most serious mistake of his presidency' after doubting Russian interference findings in Helsinki

  • 'President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin,' Gingrich posted in a tweet
  • While taking questions from reporters in Finland on Monday, Trump repeatedly expressed doubts that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election
  • Trump's comments were made despite numerous indictments made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and opinion of the US intelligence community
  • Gingrich, normally a staunch supporter of Trump, joined other GOP heavyweights in expressing concern over the President's statements in Finland

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5961205/Newt-Gingrich-says-Trump-mistake-presidency.html
 

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Ex-CIA chief John Brennan calls Trump 'nothing short of treasonous' after fawning press conference with Putin and says performance goes beyond 'high crimes and misdemeanors'

  • The former CIA chief accused Trump of being 'wholly in the pocket of Putin'
  • Brennan, who served under President Obama, is one of Trump's harshest critics
  • He was CIA chief during the 2016 election but has since called the president a 'snake oil salesman' while Trump has attacked Brennan too, via Twitter
  • Republicans also savaged the president over his performance with Putin
  • John McCain called it 'one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory'
  • Paul Ryan told Trump he had to realize that Russia 'is not our ally' and said: 'The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable.'
  • Nancy Pelosi said: 'What do the Russians have on @realDonaldTrump personally, financially, & politically?'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-short-treasonous-Putin-press-conference.html
 

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'Russia has NEVER interfered in the United States' says angry Putin in testy interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace as he REFUSES to touch indictment naming his spies as election meddlers

  • Chris Wallace, on his interview: 'We engaged. We argued. I interrupted. He scolded me. You don't want to miss it'
  • He said he held up the DoJ indictment to the Russian President and asked him about the details but Vladimir Putin 'wouldn't touch it'
  • Putin denied any state involvement in the 2016 presidential election
  • 'I'm not interested in this issue,' Putin said when asked about Special Counsel Robert Mueller
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tment-naming-spies-meddled-Fox-interview.html
 

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Cuomo: Trump betrayed country as exercise in vanity
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
CNN's Chris Cuomo reacts to President Donald Trump's comments during the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
 

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Schumer: Possibility that Putin has damaging info on Trump
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was "appalled" by President Trump's comments at his press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying that "the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump."
 

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Ex-CIA chief Brennan: Trump's comments nothing short of treasonous
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
Following President Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted that Trump's comments were "nothing short of treasonous." CNN panelists discuss.
 

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John McCain: Trump abased himself before a tyrant
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
In a statement following the Helsinki summit, Republican Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's news conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
 

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A closer look at talks between Trump and Putin in Helsinki
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
President Trump called his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin a "deeply productive dialogue." The two leaders discussed a range of topics Monday including Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, denuclearization and Syria. McClatchy News foreign affairs columnist Markos Kounalakis joins CBSN with all of the day's developments.
 

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Trump should've defended the US during Putin meeting: Trish Regan
Fox Business


Published on Jul 16, 2018
FBN’s Trish Regan discusses President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 

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Trump was not a “strong man” next to Putin today: Tim Carney
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Published on Jul 16, 2018
FoxNews.com columnist Liz Peek, Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney and UBS Senior Vice President of Investments Jim Lacamp discuss how President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to show that Trump was not strong enough against Putin.