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Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’

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Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’

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By Michael McFaul
1/16/19
To defend himself from accusations of collusion or collaboration with Russian government officials during the 2016 presidential election and after, President Trump recently repeated a familiar claim: “I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President.” His statement might have been closer to the truth if he had referred to his administration rather than himself. The Trump administration has a tough policy on Russia, one that I mostly support. But Trump himself does not. For the past two years, he has consistently made it clear that he does not support his own administration’s policy toward Russia. The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy states very bluntly that “China and Russia challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” Trump, however, has never expressed support for this approach. After Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014, the Obama administration increased military spending in Europe and pushed for several enhancements of NATO capabilities, including new troop deployments closer to Russian borders. The Trump administration has supported and expanded this policy. As candidate and president, however, Trump has persistently berated, criticized and undermined NATO. Most recently, we have learned that Trump has even threatened to withdraw from the alliance. The Trump administration rightly has continued the Obama policy of sanctioning Russian officials and companies in response to Putin’s belligerent behavior. Trump, however, has never expressed support for these sanctions. When he signed into law Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), he made clear his disdain for the law.

The Trump administration seeks to contain Russian influence in the Middle East and place maximum pressure on Russia’s most important ally in the region, Iran. Trump, however, just announced his desire to withdraw American soldiers and equipment from Syria, exactly what Putin and his Iranian allies seek. When offered the perfect opportunity to demonstrate toughness on this issue with Putin at his side at a news conference in Helsinki after their summit last summer, Trump did the exact opposite, explaining, “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." He added: “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be.” Trump administration officials have occasionally — though not as often as they should — criticized repressive Putin policies inside Russia. Trump himself has never said a word about the importance of defending human rights in Russia. Not one word. On the contrary, he has repeatedly assigned moral equivalency between how the United States behaves around the world and how Russia behaves. When pressed to criticize Putin, Trump lambasted the United States, saying, “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?” Even on small issues of little relevance to American national interests, Trump sides with Putin. Why is Trump defending the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan? Why is Trump expressing fear that the Montenegrins might spark World War III? These are Putin lines. Why is the president of the United States echoing them? The important question, therefore, is not which U.S. president has been tougher on Russia, but why our current president has gone to such great lengths to distance himself from his own government’s Russia policy.

Despite the sound bites, Donald Trump has actually done nothing to reign in the pariah Putin regime. He also refuses to inform anyone of what was discussed during 5 secret meetings with Putin.

Related: Senate GOP Blocks Bid To Enforce Sanctions On Putin Ally (the Congressional GOP is letting a crony of Putin and friend of Manafort slide)
 

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So Obama was tough on Putin?

As long as you agree Trump isn't tough on Russia, you can believe whatever other crazy you want to believe in terms of former presidents.
 

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Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’

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Despite the sound bites, Donald Trump has actually done nothing to reign in the pariah Putin regime. He also refuses to inform anyone of what was discussed during 5 secret meetings with Putin.

Related: Senate GOP Blocks Bid To Enforce Sanctions On Putin Ally (the Congressional GOP is letting a crony of Putin and friend of Manafort slide)

Right. Trump should be slapping Putin around like a good warmonger. A couple of nukes is what Trump should be sending Putin...not reducing sanctions.

Don't you agree?
 

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Everything you need to make up your mind is in the OP photo....
 

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Right. Trump should be slapping Putin around like a good warmonger. A couple of nukes is what Trump should be sending Putin...not reducing sanctions.
Don't you agree?

Dumbest post of the week.

Being tough on Putin requires nuclear war.

Holy ****, even stupid potato heads don't say things that stupid Mycroft.

Trump, who sides with Putin over our own intelligence agencies.
Trump, who opposes any/all anti-Russian rhetoric and sanctions.
Trump, who has never said bad stuff about Putin...
Trump's many things he's said positive about Putin..
Trump's adoption of little known Russian propaganda as his own presidential positions and rhetoric


and Nuclear war.

That's your spectrum Mycroft. Gods why.
 
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Dumbest post of the week.

Being tough on Putin requires nuclear war.

Holy ****, even stupid potato heads don't say things that stupid Mycroft.

Trump, who sides with Putin over our own intelligence agencies.
Trump, who opposes any/all anti-Russian rhetoric and sanctions.
Trump, who has never said bad stuff about Putin...
Trump's many things he's said positive about Putin..
Trump's adoption of little known Russian propaganda as his own presidential positions and rhetoric


and Nuclear war.

That's your spectrum Mycroft. Gods why.

No...dumbest post...well, maybe not of the week, there have been some pretty dumb ones, but certainly the dumbest of the day...is this thread's OP.
 

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Us Energy independence including developing ANWAR, doubling US economic growth, getting Nato to increase defense spending are no doubt directives of Putin.



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Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’

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Despite the sound bites, Donald Trump has actually done nothing to reign in the pariah Putin regime. He also refuses to inform anyone of what was discussed during 5 secret meetings with Putin.

Related: Senate GOP Blocks Bid To Enforce Sanctions On Putin Ally (the Congressional GOP is letting a crony of Putin and friend of Manafort slide)

I winder if anybody is really surprised ? Hasn't the right (GOP) really gone corrupt all of the way now ?
 
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