The republican President-elect Donald Trump was making statements favorable to Russian interests early on during his campaign rallies and of course, the question is why?
One answer could be related to what Jeff Nesbit reported in the 8/1/16 Time Magazine article. “The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”
“What’s more, three of Trump’s top advisors (Carter Page, Paul Manafort and General Mike Flynn) all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.”
“Finally, for all of his denials of Russian ties lately, Trump has boasted in the past of his many meetings with Russian oligarchs. During one trip to Moscow, Trump bragged that they all showed up to meet him to discuss projects around the globe. “Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room” just to meet with him, Trump said at the time.”
“And when Trump built a tower in Panama, his clients were wealthy Russians, the Washington Post reported. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., said at a real estate conference in 2008, according to a trade publication, eTurboNews.”
There was the signal of a policy change towards Russia, when there was the successful maneuver by the president elect’s campaign team to have wording removed from the republican platform, that would have allowed the U.S. to sell arms to Ukrainians who are opposed to becoming part of Russia.
With the president-elect’s penchant for discounting the U.S. intelligence agencies’ consensus regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, along with his pro-Russian rhetoric throughout the campaign, there is the concern about whether his policy towards Russia has more to do with U.S. business interests versus U.S. national security priorities. The president-elect needs to become more informed about the real nature of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, an ex- KGB director.
In the 12/12/16 Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens penned a “tongue and cheek” piece about how the Russian’s methods would make Macbeth blush and Richard III smile, “How I Learned to Love Putin:”
“Vladimir Putin used to worry me. A lot. But I’m over it.”
Can Russia be trusted? In September 2013 Mr. Putin warned, in reference to Syria, that “military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries” would prove “ineffective and pointless.” Russia intervened in Syria two years later. In March 2014 Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian military exercises would not lead to an invasion of eastern Ukraine. Russian forces crossed the border later that year. In 1987 Russia signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This October, the U.S. accused Russia of producing a cruise missile in violation of the agreement.
“Russia’s willingness to lie used to distress me. But after this election season, political outrage has become passé. Why worry about Mr. Putin when it’s so much easier to love him?”
Some Historical Perspective
“It once appalled me to think that he might hold his office thanks to a false-flag operation that would have made Macbeth blush and Richard III smile. But I’m OK with it now. We need Mr. Putin to defeat the terrorists in Syria.”
Around (4/3/1998) gathering of climate change deniers created “Global Client Science Communications” plan designed to convince the public that climate change was a hoax.)
ExxonMobil, even though aware since around 1981, that fossil fuels do affect climate change, began funding (with millions of dollars) organizations which were focused on countering the science of climate change including “Frontiers of Science and CEI.” But this ended in 2006.
On 10/27/2006, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller and Republican Senator Olympia Snowe sent a joint bipartisan letter to Rex Tillerson, the new CEO of ExxonMobil, about its funding of various groups, stating “We fervently hope that reports that ExxonMobil intends to end its funding of the climate change denial campaign of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.”
In his July 2012 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Exxon’s CEO Mr. Tillerson downplayed the impact climate change on the world stage. He used phrases like “the fear to it is way, overblown,” “society will adapt to climate change,” and “it is an engineering problem with engineering solutions.”