Another Late Night Phone Call?

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?

TrumpWell, 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.

15 thoughts on “Another Late Night Phone Call?

  1. Jill, Putin is one happy camper at how his plan has unfolded. He checked a lot of boxes with his intrusion in our and other elections:

    – Cause more civil discord in America – check
    – Create doubt in the election process – check
    – Help elect a divisive ego-maniac who will sow seeds of discord in the US and abroad, lessening US influence – check
    – Sow seeds leading to a positive Brexit vote – check
    – Create doubt in real media allowing the freer flow of disinformation – check

    The only misses were not getting Le Pen elected in France and not defeating Merkel in Germany.

    The mission is simple – get the west to retrench more into nationalism and become at odds with outsiders permitting Putin to become the statesman and garner more influence. The only that can defeat Putin’s efforts are an informed and educated society, which does not look good at this point. Keith

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    • Exactly, Keith! Divide and conquer is the order of the day. And I would add to your list of ‘misses’, Norbert Hofer in Austria last year. So far their plan seems to be having the most success in the U.S., and it appears that many in the EU are looking at what is happening here and turning away from the far-right, populist, nationalist movements. Now if only people in this country could see it and stop feeding the divisiveness that is playing into Putin’s hands. ‘United we stand, divided we fall’. Sigh.

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      • Jill, the tribe needs to be us as Americans, not by political party. The chants of “lock her up” have begun again as Trump tries to dump yet another issue on her. Per Trump and his followers, she probably broke into the Watergate Hotel and assassinated the Kennedys and MLK. Maybe she is responsible for the Iran-Contra affair.

        It is a given that the Russians meddled in our election. It is a given that Trump was an unwitting participant in spreading disinformation (and still is) at the very least. I would add it is a given Trump’s win was aided and abetted by this meddling. It remains to be seen if Trump colluded with the Russians. Trump cheapishly says OK to the first, but denies the latter three.

        He may be in fact innocent of the last one, but he sure is acting guilty and there are too many clues that say he did. Keith

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        • You are quite right! Why, she may have even been the one who really killed Julius Caesar!!! 😉

          He is indeed acting guilty and has since day #1. I would bet my life that all those tangled strands of the web lead back to him. However, that does not mean I would bet that he will ever see just punishment, for that is a tricky issue. If it just gets him out of office so that we can begin to heal this nation, I’ll be satisfied.

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          • Jill, after seeing a smug pundit try to pin this on Clinton, I was thinking of a response that might go like this. “I don’t recall Hillary Clinton reading daily feeds from the Republican National Convention or Donald Trump’s campaign manager’s emails. As I recall, I believe it was Donald Trump who did this about his opponents. Now, what were you saying about her colluding with the Russians?” Keith

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