Monday, 9 January 2017

The Washington Post: Trump’s pro-Putin stubbornness will ruin his presidency

The Washington Post: Trump’s pro-Putin stubbornness will ruin his presidency

by Jennifer Rubin

"Appearing on CNN, Michèle Flournoy, who served in the Obama administration, counseled Trump: “Putin is pursuing a policy in Europe, in Syria and elsewhere that is not aligned with ours. And I think when he gets into the Oval Office, he will find that there are many people in the national security enterprise, including someone like Gen. [James] Mattis, who came out of a military background, I think most of the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, the service chiefs, the COCOMs, have all testified that they see Russia as a very real and present threat because of the actual actions they have taken, the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine, the positioning of nuclear weapons, the increasing competition in the maritime domain, the space domain, and as we have seen in the cyber- domain with an unprecedented attack on the U.S. democratic process.” The question is whether Trump will resist the consensus of advisers, Congress, the intelligence community and outside experts."

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