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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:53 PM

Trump won't rule out ceasing military exercises if Putin asks

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump capped off his dramatic appearance at the annual NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday by teasing another controversial possibility, saying he would not rule out ceasing NATO military exercises in the Baltic States if Russian leader Vladimir Putin requested it during their upcoming meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

Asked if he would cancel them, Trump said, "Perhaps we'll talk about that," referring to Putin, a response that has only fueled the the growing uncertainty over the state of the alliance.

Despite Trump's barrage of acidic rhetoric during the summit, diplomats said the President never explicitly threatened to leave NATO and it remains unclear whether he has the power to do so without Senate approval.

However, Trump's comments about possibly canceling NATO military exercises at Putin's request have amplified fears among European leaders that the President could undermine the alliance by making major unilateral concessions to the Russian President -- who he again referred to as a "competitor" rather than an adversary on Thursday.

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Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/12/politics/trump-nato-military-exercises/index.html

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Reply Trump won't rule out ceasing military exercises if Putin asks (Original post)
highplainsdem Jul 12 OP
underpants Jul 12 #1
pangaia Jul 12 #14
Jedi Guy Jul 12 #19
pangaia Jul 13 #23
ancianita Jul 13 #20
uponit7771 Jul 13 #25
McCamy Taylor Jul 12 #2
dalton99a Jul 12 #3
iluvtennis Jul 12 #16
uponit7771 Jul 13 #26
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 12 #4
Drake Notthesinger Jul 12 #5
Solly Mack Jul 12 #6
BigmanPigman Jul 12 #9
Solly Mack Jul 12 #17
BigmanPigman Jul 13 #24
alfredo Jul 12 #11
Solly Mack Jul 12 #18
alfredo Jul 14 #29
Codeine Jul 13 #21
Solly Mack Jul 13 #22
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 12 #7
IronLionZion Jul 12 #8
highplainsdem Jul 12 #10
keithbvadu2 Jul 12 #12
George II Jul 12 #15
George II Jul 12 #13
malthaussen Jul 13 #27
marble falls Jul 13 #28

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:58 PM

1. Putin's going into Estonia. No doubt now.

I wouldn't be surprised if something was initiated while sitting face to face with Trump.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:15 PM

14. SHIT. I have been saying that for over a year.

Even recently. Most here repudiate me.

Oh, can't happen.
right..

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Response to pangaia (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 11:55 PM

19. Remember the 2012 debates?

Everyone laughed at Mitt Romney when he said Russia was our greatest strategic challenge in the coming years. Eerily prescient, at least on this one issue. On the rest, he was unsurprisingly wide of the mark.

Russia is most definitely a bad actor, and we've got a guy in the White House who's practically chomping at the bit to give away the keys to the shop. I wouldn't have believed it possible, but here we are...

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Response to Jedi Guy (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:39 AM

23. Now that you mention it, yes. I do remember.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:08 AM

20. And where is the "new" NATO with that, we need to find out.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 05:17 AM

25. Wish we had the Estonian PM in dem leadership, he's got Putin's act DOWN. Putin's a thug who blames

... everything that went wrong with the USSR on the west in an INFOWAR like CT mindset.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:03 PM

2. I despised Reagan---but Reagan was better than this.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:08 PM

3. Trump won't rule out eating Putin's shit if Putin asks

Heck, he'll do it without being asked

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:47 PM

16. Indeed.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 05:18 AM

26. +1, his sycophant base will declare Putin's shit is the best shit ever

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:20 PM

4. Just like he gave away SKorean mil exercises to Kim, for nothing in return.


Trump gives gifts to his peers (dictators) and flaming bags of dogshit to allies.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:23 PM

5. Forget the Pee-Pee Tape

 

I fully expect BDSM to surface after Helsinki, with Putin as the "upper," of course!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:25 PM

6. I want...I want...

I won't type out what I want.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:59 PM

9. I want what you want!

If it is anything even close to what I have been visualizing I imagine we want the same thing.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:55 PM

17. I'm not exactly a nice person all the time.

I still want what I want though.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 01:20 AM

24. Taking the high road and being civil is not a realistic

option at this point. The gloves are off!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:09 PM

11. I want him to contract a case of the clap from hookers provide by Putin.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:56 PM

18. You're too nice.

That's why I like you.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #18)

Sat Jul 14, 2018, 09:40 AM

29. *GRIN*

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:14 AM

21. We all do.

Just. . . fuck.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:14 AM

22. Yeah :(

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:26 PM

7. He wants NATO members to spend more, but not to be ready. Defense suppliers only benefit. . . . nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:43 PM

8. Putin can help with the military exercises

he'll send tanks and heavy bombers

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:06 PM

10. GD thread on Russian military exercise in Baltic just before NATO summit:

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:11 PM

12. Donald's treason with no record in a private meeting with his master, Vlad.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:16 PM

15. It's not a meeting, it's a performance review.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:15 PM

13. Reminds me of the ol' fraternity spanking routine - "thank you sir, may I have another?"

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:09 AM

27. Or appointing commissars down to platoon level...

... our troops need to be indoctrinated in the New Order.

-- Mal

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:36 AM

28. Shouldn't that be "when Putin tells him to cancel"?

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