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Sun Jul 16, 2017, 08:03 AM

Russia Isn't Delivering for Donald Trump - By the NYT Editorial Board

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JULY 15, 2017

Even without the widening scandal over election interference, President Trump would have had a hard time managing Americaís relations with Russia, which are as tense as at any time since the end of the Cold War.

The complex differences between the two countries will not be easily resolved. Moreover, President Vladimir Putin has shown a ruthless commitment to self-preservation that relies heavily on returning Russia to a mythical place of power and glory, not in helping the West build a more stable world.

Mr. Trump is making sound policy making even harder, though, with his admiration of Mr. Putin and his willingness to surrender the countryís international leadership, which was on display during the Group of 20 meeting in Germany. Mr. Trump is noticeably more comfortable with Mr. Putin than he is with most of Americaís democratic allies, despite Mr. Putinís record of crushing domestic opponents, invading Ukraine and bombing civilians in Syria.

There is nothing wrong with Mr. Trumpís ambition to improve relations with Moscow, given Russiaís importance as a nuclear weapons superpower with a United Nations Security Council veto. But that does not mean it is wise to underestimate, as Mr. Trump seems to do, the threat posed by Mr. Putinís efforts to weaken NATO and the trans-Atlantic alliance, subvert democratic procedures and institutions in Europe and America, wage cyberwarfare, destabilize Ukraine and secure influence in Syria. Some Trump administration officials recognize those hazards; Mr. Trump does not.

One example is the mixed signals he is sending about maintaining sanctions on Russia. On Air Force One to Paris on Wednesday, he told reporters, ďI would not and have never even thought about taking them off.Ē

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DonViejo Jul 2017 OP
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jul 16, 2017, 08:11 AM

1. Did they not get the memo that Russia has us by the balls?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jul 16, 2017, 09:23 AM

2. Great editorial

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jul 16, 2017, 09:35 AM

3. Assumption #1:

NEVER assume that Trumpy is telling the truth.

Assumption #2: Always refer to Assumption #1.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jul 16, 2017, 11:08 AM

4. Isn't it the other way around?

Donald Trump hasn't lifted the sanctions, at least as of yet.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jul 16, 2017, 08:55 PM

5. Pretty glaring typo there ...

"despite Mr. Putinís record of crushing domestic opponents, invading Ukraine and bombing civilians in Syria"

should be

"because of Mr. Putinís record of crushing domestic opponents, invading Ukraine and bombing civilians in Syria"

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