… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Trump is slowly moving over from Tweets to having his key staff doing what they are supposed to — roll out the President’s evolving positions to warm the media up. Conway was chosen to remind us all that changes are on the way on the Russian front.
My guess would be that the Russian diplomats will be brought back; none of them had cancelled their apartment leases, and their kids are doing online classes to stay up on school work. If nothing else, Trump would do it just for spite, for Obama trying to box him in and poison the public well on his new foreign policy.
Remember the Republicans did not try to cut our Nobel Peace Prize man off at the pass when he made his infamous Pax Americana speech in Cairo, and then went on to become the War President, other than his one highlight of ending the Iran nuclear weapons hoax on the world.
Trump has to match Putin’s graciousness and coolness under fire to portray himself as being in Putin’s league, but Putin has a lot more experience at the geopolitical game than Trump. We will not see Trump holding four-hour annual press conferences to display his intimate command of everything going on in the country and the world, which includes being able to recite economic statistics endlessly with no notes. No one in the world can match Putin on his live press events.
Trump is up against the “no Teleprompter” president, although Putin does read prepared speeches for some of his daily events. The NeoCons are betting that, as long as they and the media keep up the anti-Russian threat hysteria, it does not really matter what the truth is, as the public will only remember what they hear over and over.
There is a history of this being the case. But Trump has the bully pulpit and a biting tongue, and as we have seen, no hesitancy in using either. The public will always know what Trump thinks about an issue that he has in his crosshairs. By the end of February, we will know a lot more… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … January 10, 2017 –
President Barack Obama’s response to alleged Russia hacking attacks was “disproportionate,” says a top aide to Donald Trump, noting that the Republican president-elect is likely to roll back some of his predecessor’s actions against Moscow once he takes office.
Kellyanne Conway, who led Trump’s presidential campaign, made the remarks on Monday night, when answering a question by USA Today on whether Trump would review any of Obama’s “steps” against Russia.
“There does seem to be a disproportionate response, a punitive one, by President Obama in the instance of the alleged Russian hacking,” Conway said.
“I predict that President Trump will want to make sure that our actions are proportionate to what occurred, based on what we know,” she added.
In late December, Obama ordered a series of economic sanctions against Russia and ordered 35 Russian diplomats to be expelled over allegations that Moscow had tried to influence the November 8 presidential election in the US.
According to a recent report by US intelligence agencies, “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” Moscow has categorically dismissed the allegation.
Put together by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) , the report charged that Putin “sought to help” Trump by launching a smear campaign against Clinton.
Trump has disputed the report, arguing that these were the same agencies that falsely claimed in 2003 that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
The real estate developer has also praised “very smart” Putin for not retaliating Obama’s actions and waiting instead for the next administration to take over.
Conway’s comments came shortly after the US Treasury Department announced a new set of sanctions against five prominent Russian figures over what it called human rights abuses.
Jim W. Dean is VT Editor Emeritus. He was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022. He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He now writes and posts periodically for VT.
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