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Thursday, April 20, 2017

[President] Trump's interest in achieving warm relations with Moscow has been a consistent theme since the earliest days of his campaign, and it stands now as one of the few major foreign policy positions that he has not discarded or revised since taking office. But in his devotion to this outcome, Trump appears increasingly isolated within his own administration. Over the past several weeks, senior members of Trump's national security team have issued blistering critiques of Moscow, using harsh terms that have led to escalating tensions between the countries and seem at odds with the president.

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In a speech at the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley lashed out at Russia for its role in Syria, asking "how many more children have to die before Russia cares" enough to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from committing further atrocities. ...

Senior administration officials have struggled to explain the disparity between their comments -- including statements suggesting that Russia may have known that Assad was about to launch a chemical weapons attack -- and those of the president. "I think we're both saying the same thing, it's just being reported differently," Haley said during an interview on ABC News this month.

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Why does Pres Trump seem so reluctant to say anything critical of Pres Putin?

Pres Trump does say things critical of Russia, but I've not seen any appropriately critical remarks from Pres Trump regarding Pres Putin.

Based upon his Twitter messages, Pres Trump does not seem to have any sort of issue with being critical of persons.

Yet he seems uncharacteristically reluctant to criticize Pres Putin.

Am I missing something?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-20 07:35 PM | Reply

Exxon applied for waiver from sanctions on Russia to drill in the Black Sea. Among departments who must approve: State Department, run by company's ex-CEO, Tillerson. Exxon was previously granted a permit to bypass the sanctions in 2014. If work does not commence soon the Russian contract can be cancelled. Tillerson had said that he would recuse himself from Russia-related matters for two years as Secretary of State.

The permit application also comes as calls grow for a government shutdown over the ties between Trump advisors and Russian officials. The FBI is currently investigating the Trump campaign's Russia connections.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-20 07:56 PM | Reply

"Why does Pres Trump seem so reluctant to say anything critical of Pres Putin?
#1 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER"

Would you say anything critical about the bully on the block who you owed a bunch of money to?

#3 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-20 08:14 PM | Reply

Or the guy who knew your darkest secrets?

#4 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-20 08:14 PM | Reply

Perhaps Putin can warm up Trump directly, via some polonium in his diet.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-20 08:16 PM | Reply

"Or the guy who knew your darkest secrets?"

Silence is golden.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-20 08:18 PM | Reply

Putins squinty eyes are as distracting as that Rene Zellweger's(actress) used to be.

Trump knows he'd sit when peeing if Putin was his cellmate.

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-04-20 08:51 PM | Reply

He'd be the front spoon, for sure!

#8 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-21 12:22 AM | Reply

He is offering them Crimea. I'd call that more than making nice.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-21 09:34 AM | Reply

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