For Me, The President Wanting To Withdraw From NATO Is Proof Positive He’s A Russian Asset

I already know with 100% certainty that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report  regarding  the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe will be absolutely devastating because of how the republican President Donald Trump’and others have been behaving in the past month.

Since December 2018, President Trump has been acting as if he has nothing to lose by doing exactly what he has been wanting to do for the past 2 years. There’s no one left in the White House who’ll move to block him from acting on his worst instincts. He has little control over preventing the FBI’s final report from eventually seeing the light of day, even though his lawyers will endeavor to delay this inevitable outcome.

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So for his first act starting in December 2018, and without warning to any national security experts or other parties with a need to know, the President ordered the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Then for his second act, the president decided to push for a government shutdown starting on the 22nd December with no end in sight over the lack of allocation of adequate funds by the US Congress to build his US SW border wall.

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President Trump had figured out that after most republicans with the majority control of both houses in the US Congress had resisted budgeting more than $1.6 billion dollars for his wall during the past two years, that he could now force the new Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives as of January 2019, to give into his demands  for $5.7 billion dollars if he subjected the country to a partial government shutdown despite the pain this would cause to 800,000 public servants who would have to forgo their paychecks or have them delayed.

He has been absolutely convinced that this political tactic would benefit him by consolidating his anti-immigration hardliners of his base of voters, plus there was the possibility that he could shift the blame for the shutdown onto the democrats who now had the majority of seats in the US House, causing them some grief.

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WHAT REPUBLICANS WERE SAYING IN 2017

It turns out that the president had planned to do this shutdown over his not getting the funds he wanted for his wall in 2017 but cooler heads in the White House were able to get him to reconsider acting on this impulse. But now, he felt free to act.

For the president’s final coup d’etat, there’s the breaking news about his having given serious consideration to have the US withdraw from NATO as of a year ago. In 2017-2018,  cooler heads working in the White House were able to stop him but they’re gone. It’s being reported that the president is seriously considering making good on his plans to withdraw the US from being a member of NATO.

What all 3 of the above events have in common, is that they are all consistent with steps that Russia’s President Putin would have wanted President Trump to do.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On January 15, 2019, Julian E. Barnes and Helene Cooper of the New York Times penned the following report, “Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia”

Excerpts:

“There are few things that President Vladimir  Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.”

“Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.”

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“Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.”

“In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, they said, Mr. Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States.”

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“At the time, Mr. Trump’s national security team, including Jim Mattis, then the defense secretary, and John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, scrambled to keep American strategy on track without mention of a withdrawal that would drastically reduce Washington’s influence in Europe and could embolden Russia for decades.”

“Now, the president’s repeatedly stated desire to withdraw from NATO is raising new worries among national security officials amid growing concern about Mr. Trump’s efforts to keep his meetings with Mr. Putin secret from even his own aides, and an F.B.I. investigation into the administration’s Russia ties.”

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“A move to withdraw from the alliance, in place since 1949, “would be one of the most damaging things that any president could do to U.S. interests,” said Michèle A. Flournoy, an under secretary of defense under President Barack Obama.”

“It would destroy 70-plus years of painstaking work across multiple administrations, Republican and Democratic, to create perhaps the most powerful and advantageous alliance in history,” Ms. Flournoy said in an interview. “And it would be the wildest success that Vladimir Putin could dream of.”

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“Retired Adm. James G. Stavridis, the former supreme allied commander of NATO, said an American withdrawal from the alliance would be “a geopolitical mistake of epic proportion.”

“Even discussing the idea of leaving NATO — let alone actually doing so — would be the gift of the century for Putin,” Admiral Stavridis said.

“Senior Trump administration officials discussed the internal and highly sensitive efforts to preserve the military alliance on condition of anonymity.”

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“After the White House was asked for comment on Monday, a senior administration official pointed to Mr. Trump’s remarks in July when he called the United States’ commitment to NATO “very strong” and the alliance “very important.” The official declined to comment further.”

“American national security officials believe that Russia has largely focused on undermining solidarity between the United States and Europe after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Its goal was to upend NATO, which Moscow views as a threat.”

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“An American withdrawal from the alliance would accomplish all that Mr. Putin has been trying to put into motion, the officials said — essentially, doing the Russian leader’s hardest and most critical work for him.”

When Mr. Trump first raised the possibility of leaving the alliance, senior administration officials were unsure if he was serious. He has returned to the idea several times, officials said increasing their worries.

“(At the last 2018 July NATO meeting) Mr. Trump’s threats to withdraw had sent officials scrambling to prevent the annual gathering of NATO leaders in Brussels last from turning into a disaster.”

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“Senior national security officials had already pushed the military alliance’s ambassadors to complete a formal agreement on several NATO goals — including shared defenses against Russia — before the summit meeting even began, to shield it from Mr. Trump.”

“In the end, the NATO leaders publicly papered over their differences to present a unified front. But both European leaders and American officials emerged from the two days in Brussels shaken and worried that Mr. Trump would renew his threat to withdraw from the alliance.”

Link to entire report: Trump Discussed Pulling US From NATOAides Say .

7 comments

  1. Gronda, just think about the following statement. The President of the United States had to speak out and say he is not working for Russia. The sad truth is we have come to this, where is loyalty is a question.

    A pro-Trump Senator has been asked to head the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He kept saying “the President understands….” Does he? Or, does he understand and is appear to be acting against Russia. The truth is Congress has been tough on Russia, not the President. They sanctioned Russia with a veto-proof majority, Trump’s people phoned in a requirement to list people of concern, Trump got made that we kicked out so many Russian agents, and then there is his comments and private meeting with Putin and that Steele Dossier, which continues to get more credibility.

    Is Trump a compromised Russian asset? I believe it to be true. Keith

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  2. Dear Keith,

    I, you, Jill and others in our blogging family have been way ahead of this curve as we’ve believed President Trump to be a Russian agent for ages. Everything that he has done has favored Russian’s interests.

    News pundits are finally challenging right wing guests whenever they use the talking point that President Trump has been tough on Russia with sanctions. You are right in saying that this claim is an outright lie based on facts.

    The latest news about the president wanting to have the US exit NATO is the last straw for me.He has to go, yesterday.

    PS Someone needs to sit on Senator Lindsey Graham. I find his behaviors suspect.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Roger,

      A draft-dodging high-income property developer of questionable morals with small hands, small heart, small private parts on a overweight body, knows NOTHING. NOTHING about military affairs.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • BUT … he does know what he needs to do to increase his personal wealth and status … particularly in Russia where he wants to build his luxury hotel.

        I personally don’t think any of this has to do with national security. It’s all about TRUMP’s (financial) security.

        Further, this is a man who has been running his own company for many years. Anyone who thinks he has a CLUE about (or cares) how his decisions and actions affect THIS NATION is giving him far more credit than he deserves.

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  3. Hello Gronda. I agree he is either an agent or an asset of Russia / Putin. The question I wonder about , is he doing it deliberately or has he been duped? He either has been compromised either by money concerns or by personal actions, or simply so stupid all the Russians needed to do was flatter him and string him along to get him to do anything they suggested. One last point, we all know tRump has no memory. The whole wall thing was his campaigns way to get him to remember to talk about immigration. Yes, he kept forgetting to talk at his rallies about his signator policy. It is reported he has raised the issue out of the blue many times during the last year. So who is reminding him, and how are they doing it? Is it someone on the White House staff that is in contact with Russian leaders? Is tRump talking to Russian leaders with nobody knowing and recording it? Or is it one of his Mar-a-Lago cronies who is under Russian control? Hugs

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