In another twist of fate to demonstrate President Trump collusion with Putin, the President ignored his advisers and moved swiftly to halt any new sanctions against Russia. While Trump aborts new Russian sanctions, Putin, as a favor, responds with a massive cyber attack.
The Washington Post described Trump’s move:
President Trump rejected, for now at least, a fresh round of sanctions set to be imposed against Russia on Monday, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team.
The president’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, had announced on Sunday that the administration would place sanctions on Russian companies found to be assisting Syria’s chemical weapons program. The sanctions were listed on a menu of further government options after an American-led airstrike on Syria, retaliating against a suspected gas attack that killed dozens a week earlier.
But the White House contradicted her on Monday, saying that Mr. Trump had not approved additional measures.
While this was going on, the U.S. and the UK, in a joint alert, accused “Russia of conducting a massive campaign to compromise computer routers and firewalls around the world — from home offices to Internet providers — for espionage and possibly sabotage purposes.”
The three appointees, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pompeo, most likely to promote a tough line against Russia are being undermined by Trump. It is inevitable that one or more of the three advisers may eventually clash with him as he keeps protecting Putin from any harm.
Soon after the announcement that no sanctions would be levied, stocks in Russia rebounded.
Something is very fishy about Trump’s behavior. Maybe Robert Mueller should look into his son’s handling of his father’s company to examine any signs of riding the ups and downs of stocks on the basis of the power his father commands over global stock markets. Maybe Trump is manipulating the markets to enrich himself.
Do you really think this is far-fetched for Trump?