One step forward, and then six million steps back – that seems to be the trend with the Trump Administration one year in.
Like with everything else, I’m noticing a serious discrepancy between what we were promised during the Campaign, and what we’ve seen from the President once he entered office.
We were told that friendship and mutual respect with the Russians was one of the top goals, and yet now we’re back to Obama-tier accusations that have no weight or evidence behind them.
U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.
“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”
Why should Russia be forced to bow to America’s will?
I thought we were supposed to be against Globalism and against acting as the world’s police force.
China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comment from the Russian embassy in Washington on Trump’s remarks.
During a 53-minute interview with a fresh Diet Coke near at hand on his desk, Trump also said he was considering a big “fine” as part of an investigation into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property; that he has lost all trust in the chief Democratic Party negotiator on immigration in the Senate; and declined to clear up conflicting reports about his use of the phrase “shithole countries” in a White House meeting, which caused an international outcry.
With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim.
“I’d sit down, but I‘m not sure that sitting down will solve the problem,” he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
Trump said Russia appears to be filling in the gaps left by the Chinese.
Western European security sources told Reuters in December that Russian tankers had supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea in violation of international sanctions. Russia has denied breaching North Korea sanctions.
Are these the same security sources that helped the Americans, Israelis, and Saudis try to stir up a color revolution inside Iran?
I think we should at least be given something more than an anonymous informant that could easily be another piece of fake news.
North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy functioning. It also requires oil for its intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear program.
Combined with the counter-signalling in Syria, the Air Force dick-measuring in the Baltic Sea, and the arming of Ukrainians, it looks like we have something closer to what Hillary would have done with the Russians rather than what Donald proposed in 2015 and 2016.