Donald Trump seems determined to undermine relations with our allies, while at the same time forming close bonds with Russia and Vladimir Putin. The old saying that “you are judged by the company you keep” has never been more apt. Trump has had nothing but praise for Putin, and vice versa. My best guess is still that either Trump or Bannon gave the order for Mike Flynn to make the catastrophic telephone call to the Russian ambassador on Christmas day, giving him a ‘heads up’ on the sanctions President Obama planned to implement. Trump and his team have an unprecedented number of ties to Russia and those in the Russian government, many of which are currently under investigation by Congress and the intelligence community. Blogger-friend Gronda Morin has written an excellent, well-researched post outlining the latest in the area of Trump-Putin cooperation, and has given me permission to re-blog her work. It is an excellent piece, and I hope you will take a few minutes to read and absorb what she has to say, as I think it is extremely important, and not likely to be the last we hear about these issues. Thank you, Gronda, for all the time and effort you put into this post!
It looks like the White House doesn’t want to give up on the idea of lifting US sanctions against Russia.
Here is the rest of the story...
On 2/19/17, Megan Twohey and Scott Shane of the NY Times penned the report, “A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates.”
“A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.”
“Mr. Flynn is gone but the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager…
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