With the republican President-elect Donald Trump having openly declared his desire to reorient American foreign policy in a pro-Russian direction on many occasions, there is no reason, not to take him seriously. This stance along with his consistent description of climate change as a Chinese hoax, is part of a puzzle which is adding up to a major clue into the president-elect’s future plans. Then his resistance to admitting that the U.S. intelligence reports are accurate regarding Russia’s hacking of U.S. democratic campaign related websites in order to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election process, paints the picture that the president-elect has interests tied to propping up the fossil fuel industry that the U.S. public is not fully aware of, yet.
And yes, the Russian meddling did have an effect on our elections. The American public will never know what the outcome of the election would have been barring this interference. However, the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton also made crucial tactical mistakes which she and the democratic party will have to own. But the president-elect will also have to live with the reality that his victory is tainted. However, any investigations into Russia’s role will not be re-litigated as to whether the president-elect did in fact, win the 2016 presidential election’s electoral vote, even though he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. HE DOES NOT HAVE A MANDATE.
Still, he will have no choice but to come to terms with the U.S. intelligence assessment regarding Russia’s meddling because real life and facts cannot be as easily dismissed as the president -elect would like. Unlike in the business world, there are checks and balances within the U.S. political system that will force him to admit to Russia’s malfeasance despite his resorting to every political trick in the book to do otherwise.
On 12/18/16 Damian Paletta and Kate O’Keeffe penned the following WSJ report, “Donald Trump’s Team Tones Down Skepticism on Russia Hacking Evidence:”
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said the president-elect “would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the American people that they are actually on the same page.”