Conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, early August 2017:
Putin: So, Donald, I understand Congress has passed a bill to impose additional sanctions on my country?
Trump: Yeah, but don’t worry about it, Vlad. I have a plan. I have a great plan. You’re gonna love this plan. Leave it to me, okay Vlad? Just leave it to me.
Putin: Do not call me Vlad. It is Vladimir, or President Putin. What is this “plan”?
Trump: I can’t really disclose that just yet … Vla … er … Vladimir. I can’t … I have to keep it secret, because you know I’ve been … I’ve been … you know … all the leaks … the leaks are terrible, but we’re getting rid of the leakers.
Putin: Donald, if you have a plan to stop these sanctions I need to know what it is. I uncerstand that you have no choice but to sign the bill, is that correct?
Trump: Well, you know, Vlad .. imir … they kind of have me … you know, they’re dishonest, and … they lied … they listened to the fake news and they said terrible things about me, told horrible, horrible lies about me, and … yeah, I have to sign the bill, but you will never see the sanctions, never see sanctions, never see them at all. Trust me.
Putin: (under breath mutters “said the spider to the fly”) What is the plan, Donald? I am losing patience. Last year you promised me … promised me that you would lift the sanctions your first week in office, but not only did you not lift those sanctions, you are about to sign a bill to impose more sanctions!!! I bought you the office you now hold, if it weren’t for me, you would be back in your shabby little hotel business being sued right and left. But I bought that election for you because you promised to lift those чертов черт sanctions!!! WHAT. IS. THE. PLAN?
Trump: Calm down, calm down, Vlad. I told you, leave it to me, I’ve got a great plan and it’s a beautiful plan, maybe the best plan … maybe even better than any other ideas. I mean …
Putin: ENOUGH! Here’s the deal, Donald: You tell me this plan right this minute, or I make a call to Mr. Robert Mueller and give him the exact details of how I purchased the election for you.
Trump: Ok, OK … but Vlad … you cannot tell … you cannot tell a soul, okay, ‘cause I got enough … I got enough trouble as it is. Now here’s the plan. I’m gonna have Rex … y’know .. Rex Tillerson? You know Rex, right, my Secretary of State? Well, I’m gonna have him shut down … he’s gonna shut down the entire Sanctions Office! So, the sanctions are … they’re technically approved … but … here’s the beauty of the plan … it’s a wonderful plan, a beautiful plan … there won’t be anybody in the sanctions office to file … nobody … not a single soul … to file the paperwork!!! Isn’t that a beautiful plan?
Putin: It is a ridiculous plan, but it just might work as long as you keep it under wraps and away from the press. Let me put it to you this way, Donald: IT BETTER WORK. I have Mr. Mueller’s number in my pocket.
The above conversation is strictly a product of my imagination. However, I now believe that some similar conversation took place at some point during the first half of August. In late July, Congress passed a veto-proof bill imposing additional sanctions on Russia and restricting Trump’s ability to ease the sanctions already in place. I opined at that time that Trump was uncharacteristically docile about signing a bill that he was very much against. His response was …
“The bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”
Rather mild for da Trumpeter, don’t you think?
It is my belief that he had already planned to dismantle the Sanctions office so that while the sanctions may have been passed into law, they would never actually be implemented. I am not offering this as fact, but merely as my own theory. But it seems to fit in with Trump’s method of operation, go under/over/around the hurdles in the way in order to get what he wants.
‘Checks and balances’ is rapidly becoming a meaningless phrase in Washington. Corruption, greed and lies are much more the buzzwords of this administration. I imagine that Mr. Putin is having a little celebration tonight.