The Russian Love Affair With Donald Trump Sours As The US And Russia Move Toward War

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In recent months Donald Trump has been severely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for not being sufficiently “anti-Russia”, but the truth is that the Trump administration has not been working hard enough to repair a relationship that is now souring very rapidly.  When Donald Trump won the election in November, the Russians celebrated tremendously, because they greatly preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton.  But just because Trump was victorious does not mean that our relationship with Russia will automatically improve.  Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin both have huge egos, and it is quite easy to imagine a scenario in which things between them go very, very badly.

In fact, we may already be starting to see such a scenario play out.  As you will see below, under President Trump U.S. troops are being deployed to a very sensitive area of Poland, and they are also being sent to key areas of Bulgaria and Romania.  That is not sitting well with the Russian government, but they were much more upset when Trump insisted that Russia must give the Crimea back to Ukraine.  This is something that the Russians would never do, and they were quite stunned that Trump would even suggest such a thing.

On the flip side, the Pentagon was quite annoyed when Russian fighter jets buzzed a U.S. warship in the Black Sea just a few days ago, and when a Russian spy ship set up shop just off the coast of Connecticut recently, President Trump told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that “the greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water”.

When I first heard about that quote I thought it might be “fake news”, but it was actually reported by ABC News and a whole host of other prominent news outlets.

I know that Trump doesn’t have much of a filter, and that is a good thing when he is dealing with the mainstream media, but it can be a very, very bad thing for foreign policy.

Look, you may think that it is a good idea to blow a Russian spy ship out of the water, but you never, ever say such a thing out loud.

The Russians think like mobsters.  That means that they are quite paranoid, and it also means that they take whatever you say very, very seriously.

In a few days, most of us living in the United States will completely forget what Trump said about that Russian spy ship, but over in Russia they will remember this quote forever.

This is just how the Russians operate – they never forget, and they never, ever forgive.

When you are dealing with Russia, you have got to be very, very careful.  Unfortunately, being cautious is not one of Trump’s strengths, and the wild optimism about Trump in Russia is now being replaced by disappointment and anger

The new U.S. president has been in his role for just under a month, taking office in a transition that has been marked by chaos and missteps. And already, from the right of the political spectrum to the marginalized Russian left, a mixture of disappointment with the new U.S. president — who came into office promising to remake relations between the two countries — and a sense of vindication that Trump couldn’t be trusted after all has crept into Russian political chatter.

“Is Trump already out of fashion?” the independent Russian journal Russkaya Fabula asked on Wednesday — the same day that the Trump administration was dealing with the fallout stemming from revelations about National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. The site pointed to a small demonstration by hard-line nationalists this week, which picketed a major state-run news outlet and demanded the end of the “cult of Trump” in Russian media.

And in a sign of how far things have already deteriorated, Putin has ordered state media over in Russia to cut back on their coverage of Trump

The Kremlin ordered state media to cut back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new US administration will be less friendly than first thought, three people familiar with the matter said.

Just before Trump took office, Barack Obama aggressively moved U.S. troops toward the Russian border, and I highly criticized him for that.

So now that Trump is doing the exact same thing, I have to be critical of him as well.  Somebody needs to tell Trump that stationing 1,000 U.S. troops in northeastern Poland is not going to help our relationship with Putin…

The US Army’s Europe headquarters located in Wiesbaden, Germany announced late Saturday that 1,000 US troops and their vehicles would be sent to northeastern Poland at the end of March.

The unit – part of 4,000 US troops being deployed in rotation along NATO’s eastern flank  under its “Atlantic Resolve” mission – will be located at Orzysz.

That particular Polish city is less than 90 miles from the extremely sensitive Russian city of Kaliningrad.

If I was Trump, this is something that I would not have done.

At this point, the Russians are not quite sure what to make of Trump.  In fact, they have even gone so far as to prepare a “psychological dossier” on him to help Putin prepare for his first meeting with Trump…

A dossier on Donald Trump’s psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser.

Unfortunately, Trump tends to listen to those in his immediate vicinity, and in Washington he is surrounded by war hawks that absolutely hate Russia.  The following comes from Pat Buchanan

The anti-Putin paranoia here is astonishing.

That he is a killer, a KGB thug, a murderer, is part of the daily rant of John McCain. At the Munich Security Conference this last weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham promised, “2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the a– in Congress.”

Members of Congress such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham are playing a very dangerous game.

It is okay to be critical of Russia, but if you are constantly making inflammatory statements all the time that is just going to push us toward war.

And as I explained in my latest book, we do not want a war with Russia.

For years, the Russian military has been laser-focused on preparing for a war with the United States, while at the same time the U.S. military has been primarily focused on fighting wars in the Middle East.

So the Russians have been working very hard to upgrade their strategic nuclear arsenal, and at this point their arsenal is far superior to ours.  The following comes from an article that I came across earlier today

Russia is constantly improving its nuclear deterrence and is very close to deploying new technologically-advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles which can defeat any US missile defense systems, a Russian deputy prime minister said in an interview.

“These weapons will soon appear in our armed forces,” Dmitry Rogozin told Rossiya-1 TV on Sunday. While not naming the new ICBM, the deputy PM in charge of the defense industry said the missile will have the capacity to penetrate any American air defenses.

“These weapons are able to clear the United States’ missile defense both of today and of tomorrow – and even of the day after tomorrow,” Rogozin said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to rely on weapons systems that were developed in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Russians are a very dangerous foe, and it is in our national interest to try to have a positive relationship with them.

There are going to be times when we strongly disagree with what the Russians are doing, but our interactions with them should always be focused on trying to avoid a nuclear conflict.

So yes, we should let the Russians know when we are upset about something, but constantly making provocative and incendiary statements is a recipe for disaster.

Hopefully our leaders will start to realize this very soon, because right now our relationship with Russia is deteriorating very rapidly.

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  • Rick E.

    What Trump is doing is acting like Mr. Big Balls regarding Russia! He has been relentlessly accused of being a Russian agent, blah blah blah by the liberals, so now he’s trying to show that he’s as mindless and as deliberately ignorant as the democrats.

    What a stupid comment by Trump! He surely knows that we have ships very close to Russia, as they do towards us. He also must know that this has been going on for many years now for both countries.
    What’s far worse than ships off of our coast is OUR troops on the Russian border! Can one imagine what would happen if Russia placed troops on our Mexican and Canadian border? It would be WW3 for sure!
    This idiotic posturing must stop before it ignites a conflagration we WILL ALL REGRET!!

  • Colin Hammill

    Funny I saw the Trump speech regarding the so-called “spy ship” and he said the stupidest thing to do would be to blow it out of the water!

    • Mollie Norris

      Awesome! It’s hard to keep up with the deception in “truth” media these days.

    • SFTOBEY

      This from Breitbart:

      President Trump, during his press conference on Thursday, called the vessel’s presence “not good” but indicated he would not do anything about it.

      “The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water. Everyone in this country’s going to say ‘oh, it’s so great,’” he said.

      “That’s not great. That’s not great. I would love to be able to get along with Russia,” he said.

      • phariseesdotorg

        “That’s not great. That’s not great. I would love to be able to get along with Russia”. That does not mean he opposes blowing up the ship. It just means he says it is not great to have to blow up the ship, more preferable to avoid that and get along with Russia.

        He keeps saying he would love to be able to get along with Russia, what the heck is stopping him from getting along? If Trump was for the people, which he is not but does say he is, then where is the clamour from the people to start aggression against Russia such that his lie would be truth that everyone would applaud US aggresssion against Russia? The majority of Trump voters are asking for tax relief, Obamacare relief, over-reaching fed gov’t relief, not for war against Russia. In fact, Trump campaigned on better relations with Russia in contrast to Clinton’s warmongering against Russia.
        https://vid.me/xXoi
        Vid is reverse speech on Trump what he really thinks of Putin. So why chump Trump keep saying I’d love to be able to get along with Putin rather than just do it? Trump cannot just do it because he is for taking out Iran, & Syria & wants Russia world influence greatly diminished. Russia won’t allow US to take out Syria, won’t allow coming US attempt to take out Iran. Trump demands China cease its island building activities in the South China sea. China refuses to heed. Trump will go for it & his miltiary men think they can take on both China and Russia, but the US will lose (Daniel 11:14-19).

        Trump does his own predictive programming. The alternative to getting along with Russia is to blow up their spy ship. No middle ground. Shows how things will go when it is at the heads colliding again. Obama backed down when Russia interferred in the US take down of Syria, through its Isis proxy, to stop it. Trump is saying when the wall is hit ‘I can’t get along with Russia’, then it’s going to be war with Russia. Probably that wall will be hit in Syria, it’ll be hit somewhere.

  • denniscerasoli

    The rhino’s in Washington are trying to keep Trump on a war footing with Putin but he is still The Commander And Chief and i wouldn’t sell him short with the ego thing.Trump is a businessman and he knows that a good deal benefits both parties,and don’t sell Putin short either because i still think that peaceful coexistence can work and it had better for the good of all of us.One thing is certain,and that is Putin will not give up Crimea which can be fixed so that both America and Russia can save face.Number 1,the people of Crimea voted to be part of Russia,and number 2 Ukraine is not a member of NATO.The mistake that Obama made was allowing the CIA to meddle into their internal affairs and propping up Poreshenko because he leaned towards the west and that is the view of many including Pat Buchanan who has as much knowledge on world affairs as Henry Kessinger,and the question should be who were the aggressors in the first place.

  • XRGRSF

    Trump has been in office for one month. All of this is going to take time, and the Russians know that. However, there are factions within the Empire who want war now, and at any cost. To them war is for profit, and they can’t conceive of defeat. If they prevail, and they may well do so, we are doomed.

    • NonYo Business

      Doomed only so long as couch potatoes and keyboard commando’s sit on their asses.

  • Mollie Norris

    NATO is intent on starting WWII, in addition to US Zionazis; the Zionist “Synagogue of Satan” who provided 95% of Hitler’s funding. We don’t have any hope of world peace given Trump’s support of terrorist Rothschild anti-Torah Israel.

    • SFTOBEY

      We already had WWII. I’m sure you meant WWIII.

  • dav1bg

    Hillary and Trump are first cousins, I really didn’t expect a big change.

  • dav1bg

    Something interesting: John Wilkes Booth was a 33rd degree Mason. So was the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln a Masonic Hit? Hennery Kissinger is a 33rd degree Mason.

  • omni

    stupid article

  • Jim Estes
  • jugito

    Snyder, you are dead wrong. Russia stole Kaliningrad from Germany and does not own it, so Poland and Germany and Lithuania should evict the Russians because of the constant intimidation and threat of military action from Russian forces there.
    Ditto Crimea. A concerted effort to displace Russia from Crimea would make sense because Russia cannot be depended upon to protect the Ukraine in the event of conflict. Russia has absolutely nothing to gain from any kind of war against the USA. And you are mistaken in your thinking that the USA cannot deliver fatal destructive into Russia. Yes, the countries should get along, but it is time for the aggression of Russia against Europe and Ukraine to end permanently. And Trump is right to push in that direction along with the other NATO members. THAT’s the purpose of NATO, after all.

  • phariseesdotorg

    Surely Russia intelligence knows of reverse speech anaylsis. Trump reverse speech analysis revealed “You’ll so fear. You’re no saviour”. In forward speech he says: I am going to represent the American people [before Putin] very very strongly, very forcefully. https://vid.me/xXoi
    That gives Russia intelligence virtually the whole Trump in a nutshell as to how he shall proceed in relation to Putin. Trump sees himself as saviour of US, just like Hitler toward Germany & Trump will use military as Hitler did, but without playing military genius strategist as Hitler did overruling his generals with disastrous outcome for Hitler’s Germany. Why would Russia fear the US, Trump? That explains why Trump refuses to rescind what Obama Vat puppet started, amassing US troops & equip joining Nato bordering Russia. Trump thinks he can instill fear in Putin. Daniel 11:14-19 foretells US military defeat, Russia conquers new territory and China occupies the Middle East for a time. Under that occupation the Jews build the Jerusalem Temple. “The smoke of Satan has made its way into the Temple of God through some crack”, said Pope Paul VI whose signature viewed upside down showed a ‘666’. Christianity has always been of Satan. What happened under PPVI is the Spirit of the Beast came into the Vatican (Rev. 17:10-11 – papal office became office of a king as well when UN declared Vatican a nation in 1964). PPVI was from 1963-1978. Berg is the 5th pope king since 1964. Ratzinger 4th, and will be 6th. Then one more man pope king after Nazi Rat., then comes the Beast pope king, an evil entity not of mankind but of Satan’s kingdom. http://www.pharisees.org/POPE_VI_AND_SATAN.html

  • Mark Owen

    You all just keep listening to the propaganda from the left about Trump. The last thing Trump wants is war with Russia. The left and their news media will never give us the truth. They will put their spin on it and serve it up as fact. Wake up! Unless you see a bright flash off in the distance, disregard anything the MSM says. They are all trying their best to destroy Trump, and by listening and believing them we would all be a part of it.