National security expert says that Trump’s real concern should not be with Robert Mueller, but with Vladimir Putin.

By | 2018-08-10T16:03:59+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , |43 Comments

Okay, I’m listening. 

Courtesy of the Observer

It’s difficult to portray the president’s legal situation as anything but grim in the aftermath of Sunday’s confessional tweet. However, Donald Trump’s real concern should not be with Robert Mueller and his veteran investigators, but with his amigo manqué in the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin no longer bothers to conceal his disappointment with President Trump. In the aftermath of our president’s embarrassingly obsequious performance in Helsinki, following their long-awaited “one-on-one date” in the Finnish capital, Trump added fuel to the political conflagration by publicly inviting the Russian president to a follow-up summit in Washington—only to have Putin turn him down.

Putin has good reason to be dissatisfied with Trump, in whom the Kremlin invested such high hopes. Everybody mirror-images, and Putin imagined that Trump, once in office, could shift American policy more to Russia’s liking. He didn’t realize that Moscow is not Washington, and our president and his top advisers don’t make all the big decisions by themselves. As a result, U.S. policies towards Russia—on Ukraine, on Syria, on NATO, on sanctions—are unquestionably tougher now than they were under Barack Obama. Congress, the Pentagon, and other key Beltway stakeholders have blocked Trump’s repeated efforts to bring Washington into line with Moscow’s wishes.

Kremlin disappointment with the White House is showing. This week, the administration announced more sanctions on Moscow for its brazen assassination effort in March against Sergei Skripal, a GRU defector living in Britain, and his daughter. The attack left the Skripals near death for a time, and lingering effects from the Russian military-grade nerve agent last month killed an innocent British woman. Moscow’s response to new U.S. sanctions has been furious. Today, Putin’s spokesman denounced the sanctions as “absolutely unlawful,” while a top Russian diplomat at the UN castigated them as “the theater of the absurd,” adding piquantly, “Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!”

The Kremlin’s ability to harm President Trump should not be underestimated. Given the president’s longstanding ties to dubious Russians, a matter he has treated with the greatest secrecy, there’s no doubt that Putin possesses kompromat on Trump, including some of a sordid variety, to be released as needed. If the Kremlin believes that Trump has no chance of helping Russia anymore, they will sacrifice him to create ever-greater chaos in America and the West. Keep in mind that Natalya Veselnitskaya’s bombshell interview this spring was only possible with Kremlin permission.

The author of this piece points out that while Mueller is restrained somewhat by the legal system, Putin has no such restraints and can essentially unleash hell on Donald Trump the minute that he dares to cross him or he no longer seems useful. 

This may be the best explanation yet given for why Trump is so submissive to Putin in public, and why he refuses to say anything negative about him even while his government is attacking our infrastructure and voting systems. 

The fact that Trump is Putin’s bitch is no longer in question, the only thing not yet known is how long will Putin see him as a useful puppet, and when will he cut his strings. 

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43 Comments

  1. Anon August 10, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply
  2. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Russian state TV warns Trump to ‘do what we say’ if you want ‘support in the elections’

    Vitaly Tretyakov, the dean of the Moscow State University’s School of Television, argued that the Russian government should use whatever leverage it had over Trump to bend the president to its will.

    “Let’s turn this into a headache for Trump,” he said, according to Davis’ translation. “If you want us to support you in the elections, do what we say.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/russian-state-tv-warns-trump-say-want-support-elections/

    “If you want us to support you in the elections, do what we say.” Well, I guess that clears up any possible misunderstandings Americans might have about Russian interference in our democracy…

    Investigation into Russian ‘kindergarten from hell’ where children’s hands, legs and even NECK were routinely bound so they cannot move

    …The disturbing pictures show, children laying two in each cot with their legs tied by disposable nappies.

    Their hands were also tethered with diapers behind their backs under their clothing as if they were in straightjackets.

    A full-scale investigation by detectives is now underway after parents expressed outrage at revelations from the former worker.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6044599/Investigation-launched-Russian-kindergarten-children-routinely-tethered-diapers.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

  3. anon August 10, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/russian-state-tv-warns-trump-say-want-support-elections/

    “Vitaly Tretyakov, the dean of the Moscow State University’s School of Television, argued that the Russian government should use whatever leverage it had over Trump to bend the president to its will.

    “Let’s turn this into a headache for Trump,” he said, according to Davis’ translation. “If you want us to support you in the elections, do what we say.””

  4. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Laura Ingraham’s racist rant: Fueling fears of a changing America is GOP’s midterm strategy
    Laura Ingraham’s “demographic changes” rant is not a matter of law and order — it’s a rallying cry to Trump’s base

    https://www.salon.com/2018/08/10/laura-ingrahams-racist-rant-fueling-fears-of-a-changing-america-is-gops-midterm-strategy/

  5. Anon August 10, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    OT? $BM
    “He thrust his fingers inside of me, with force” Loewy told ThinkProgress in a phone interview this week. “After that, I called him, ‘The Butcher’ because he was so rough.” She said the nickname caught on.”
    “Loewy is now one of more than 300 women suing USC for failing to protect them from Tyndall. This is quickly becoming one of the largest sex abuse scandals in U.S. history”

    https://thinkprogress.org/the-butcher-of-usc-1f01fa23ad82/

  6. Anon August 10, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

    https://thinkprogress.org/jay-sekulow-argues-trump-is-above-law-article-ii-fox-and-friends-b64ff417f3da/

    ‘”The idea that a president could be asked questions… it’s counter to the constitution.”‘
    “Article II of the constitution confers “executive power” on the president. Sekulow’s argument is that Article II grants the president the power to fire federal officials, such as former FBI Director James Comey, without any concerns about obstructing justice.”
    “Sekulow’s argument is a controversial one. Earlier this year, Duke law professor Samuel Buell told the New York Times that he doesn’t think the constitution gives the president the power to fire officials if the president’s intent is to cover up crimes.

    “This becomes a kind of ‘the king can do no harm’ argument, which just isn’t consistent with American criminal law or constitutional law,””

  7. Anon August 10, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Ping ping BONG! “Pisarsky was Butina’s point of contact for the Nikolaev money, according to these sources—the face of the financing. According to one of the sources, he essentially acted like he was distributing grant money.

    This information, previously unreported, highlights the breadth of Butina’s support network; she had friends in a wide variety of high places.”

    “Pisarsky’s firm also lists Alfa Bank itself as a client. One of the bank’s co-founders, billionaire German Khan, is the father-in-law of Alexander van der Zwaan, who spent several WEEK$ in prison after pleading guilty to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team about work his law firm did alongside Paul Manafort for the Ukrainian government.”<CRIMEa!

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-this-is-accused-russian-spy-maria-butinas-secret-money-man-in-moscow-sources-say?ref=home

  8. anonymous August 10, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    little pOOty> the NO com·punc·tion RaTfucker!

  9. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Little donnie made his own bed with putin, let him lie in it.

    It is a well known fact that putin kills off those that oppose him or those no longer useful.

    Trump chose to collude with putin, now he will pay the consequences one way or the other. Boo hoo hoo.He is going to beg Mueller to put him a federal secure prison before this is over.

  10. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    The Kremlin Is Quaking as New Sanctions Multiply
    Putin’s instinct is to prepare for a long and painful siege, but the Russian people may not be up for that.

    Grim predictions for the future of Russia’s economy swept over Moscow this week like shock waves.

    The announcement by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions because of Moscow’s alleged attempt to murder an ex-spy in Britain with the chemical weapon novichok is only the latest trauma.

    Russian papers, talk shows, and officials already were obsessing over the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act‍” proposed in the U.S. Senate by Republicans as well as Democrats. Aiming to punish Russia for alleged meddling in U.S. elections and deter it in the future, the bill promised to ban major Russian banks, freeze operations by Russian gas and oil companies, shut down Russian botnets, and investigate President Vladimir Putin’s personal wealth, among other measures.

    The ruble plunged: it is now 66.5 to the dollar, the worst rate since 2016. Fear of massive new sanctions caused Aeroflot shares to drop by 11.4 percent and other stocks to take a nosedive, although by Thursday evening the market recovered its losses. Meanwhile the public approval rating of Putin’s foreign policy continues to melt down, sliding into the teens.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-kremlin-is-quaking-as-new-sanctions-multiply

    • anon August 10, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

      global~gobble~gobble “U.S. President Donald Trump doubled the tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Turkey, saying relations with the country are “not good at this time.”

      • ANONYMOUS August 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        https://www.dw.com/en/higher-us-tariffs-increase-pressure-on-turkish-economy/a-45039198?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

        “The accelerated lira sell-off also deepened concerns about the exposure of banks to Turkey, particularly whether highly indebted companies would be able to pay back loans taken out in dollars and euros after years of overseas borrowing to fund a construction boom under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
        Erdogan on Friday once again urged Turks to exchange gold and dollars into lira to stop the currency from plunging.”

        tinydjt tweet>’I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!
        4:47 AM – Aug 10, 2018′

    • anonymous August 10, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

      https://www.gobankingrates.com/net-worth/politicians/richest-world-leaders/

      Last but NOT least>$70B? more like $200 BILLION
      “A former KGB agent, Putin’s actual net worth, as well as how he acquired his wealth, is unknown, though Celebrity Net Worth estimates it at $70 billion.

      According to the Russian Kremlin, Putin earned a salary of $302,000 in 2017. Putin allegedly has stakes in several companies, primarily in the oil sector, which account for much of his wealth, according to Time Money.”

      As for dotard> More like NEGATIVE $3.1 b

  11. Anon August 10, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/another-week-of-humiliation-for-americas-diplomats.html?via=homepage_taps_top

    ” here’s the thing: Delivering messages of this sort, from the American president to the Russian president, is properly the job of the U.S. ambassador. Trump’s ambassador, Jon Huntsman, is a true professional—a former governor of Utah who has served under every president since Ronald Reagan, including as Barack Obama’s ambassador to China.

    Yet Huntsman must be wondering what the hell he’s doing at this job.”<$O?!

    • Beaglemom August 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      If Huntsman is a “true professional,” I think he would resign. Not quietly but with a lot of noise about what the current administration is doing deliberately to destroy this country’s reputation. The longer he stays in place, the more he looks like a co-collaborationist with the rest of Don the Con’s “team.”

      • anon August 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        “the more he lOOks like a co-collaborationist with the rest of Don the Con’s “team.”” I’ve thought that now for a long time. He is waiting in the wings…UTAH! Je$U$FuckingChri$T
        ” John McCain specifically mentioned Huntsman as a potential candidate for the 2012 election in March 2009. Huntsman was an early supporter of John McCain’s and bundled more than $500,000 for McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008″

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman_Jr.

        “Huntsman was born March 26, 1960, in Redwood City, California.[5] His mother is Karen (née Haight) Huntsman, daughter of LDS Church apostle David B. Haight, and his father was billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. Through his father, Huntsman Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt.

        At age 15 in 1975, Huntsman earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Huntsman attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, but dropped out before graduating to pursue his passion as a keyboard player in a rock band called “Wizard” Huntsman later obtained a G.E.D. and enrolled at the University of Utah, where he became, like his father, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Huntsman served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for two years and later transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in international politics in 1987.”

    • anonymous August 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      ‘O Canada

      “Saudi Arabia expels the Canadian ambassador” to one of the world’s most popular hashtags. Many of the tweets used suspiciously similar language, often a sign of a coordinated campaign by bots, or automated accounts.

      Saud al-Qahtani, a senior royal court adviser, tweeted a link announcing the decision to ban new trade on Monday along with the hashtag “Saudi first” – echoing a phrase popularized by Trump.”

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/canadian-ministers-tweet-spurs-saudis-recall-ambassador-ban-new-trade/

      +

      “Kushner himself seems aware of the potential damage, writing in one email that the US should “risk breaking things” to get results. None of the leaked extracts includes any provision for minimising the fallout. But the US administration’s opposition to UNRWA isn’t just about the refugees it serves. This is part of a broader strategy to redraw the fundamental contours of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” as a whole.

      Dismantling Oslo”

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/jared-kushners-deal-century-mean-palestinian-refugees/

  12. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Russia tells Washington curbs on its banks would be act of economic war

    …In a sign of how seriously Russia is taking the threat, President Vladimir Putin discussed what the Kremlin called “possible new unfriendly steps by Washington” with his Security Council on Friday.

    Moscow’s strategy of trying to improve battered U.S.-Russia ties by attempting to build bridges with President Donald Trump is backfiring after U.S. lawmakers launched a new sanctions drive last week because they fear Trump is too soft on Russia.

    That in turn has piled pressure on Trump to show he is tough on Russia ahead of mid-term elections.

    On Wednesday, the State Department announced a new round of sanctions that pushed the rouble to two-year lows and sparked a wider sell-off over fears Russia was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.

    …“I would not like to comment on talks about future sanctions, but I can say one thing: If some ban on banks’ operations or on their use of one or another currency follows, it would be possible to clearly call it a declaration of economic war,” said Medvedev.

    “And it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means. And our American friends need to understand this,” he said, speaking on a trip to the Russian Far East.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/10/russia-tells-washington-curbs-on-its-banks-would-be-act-of-economic-war.html

    • anon August 10, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

      A DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA?

      “declaration of economic WAR,” said Medvedev.

      “And it would be necessary, it would be NEEDed to react to this WAR economically, politically, or, if NEEDed, by other MEANS. And our American friends NEED to understand this,” “OK?!

    • anon August 10, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

      What is going on?
      “Capital & Main journalist David Sirota decided to take the radical step of actually reading the proposal in its entirety, and he found that the White House’s rule also seeks to exclude banking from the “financial services” category—a move that would allow thousands of large banks to take advantage of the controversial tax cut for pass-through income included in Trump’s tax bill.

      As they were hashing out the details of their tax bill behind closed doors, Sirota notes, Republican lawmakers included a provision that prohibited businesses in the “financial services” sector from qualifying for the tax cut in an effort to counter “assertions that the bill could enrich big banks.”

      But, at the direction of bank lobbyists, the Trump administration’s new rule asserts that “‘financial services’ don’t include banking,” thus allowing “hundreds of banks operating as S corporations—as well as their owners—[to] claim the tax cut,””

      “It is appalling that ⁦⁦@stevenmnuchin1⁩ claims that banks are not part of the “financial services” industry & qualify for generous tax cuts. They are betting America’s future on the bankers.”

      “Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just quietly copied & pasted bank lobbyists’ talking points into an IRS rule, thereby handing bankers a new $2.5 billion tax cut

      https://splinternews.com/the-trump-administration-just-found-a-new-way-to-hand-b-1828208943

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/little-noticed-trump-rule-give-2-5-billion-tax-cut-big-bank-fat-cats/

    • Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Just wait until the russians “turn the lights off”, if they have hacked into our power grid they could cause all kinds of economic chaos. No electricity, no banks, no stock market ……

  13. anon August 10, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

    https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a14480615/vladimir-putin-net-worth/

    KNOWN>”Last year, Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he believes the Russian president is “the richest man in the world” with a net worth of $200 BILLION.
    Browder has some bona fides to back up his Russia connections; the financier’s firm was once the largest portfolio investor in Russia.”

    • Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      probable and most of it stole, they had a good documentary on CBC Canada about how putin “accumulated” his wealth. most of it came from taking over state owned companies.

  14. Anon August 10, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    OT? ““Huh. 15k per month is what Trump’s former bodyguard Keith Schiller has been getting from the RNC,” Bertrand tweeted, linking to a Business Insider report from February.

    “Former Trump body man Keith Schiller is also getting $15,000 per month right now — same amount Omarosa was offered,” Blake tweeted, linking to a February CNBC report.

    Shiller served as Deputy Assistant to Trump and Director of Oval Office Operations in the White House. He was previously Trump’s bodyguard and a New York Police Department officer.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trumps-former-bodyguard-getting-paid-exact-amount-offered-omarosa-hush-money-deal/

  15. whatevs August 10, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Bet Putin also has investment in asbestos.

  16. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Poll: Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran

    Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow.

    While a majority of U.S. adults view Iran as a threat to the United States, that number has decreased slightly over the past three years, the poll shows.

    In comparison, the number of Americans who consider Russia a threat to their country increased since 2015, as U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and on new accusations of Russian meddling ahead of the November midterm elections.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/10/poll-americans-view-russia-as-bigger-threat-than-iran.html

    • anon August 10, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

      ” It was near Meyer’s home, which is close to the Adair/Green county line.

      A judge issued a federal warrant for Christy when he posted a threatening message on Facebook against a Pennsylvania politician in June, which also said he would “put one (a bullet) in the head of President Donald. J. Trump.”

      He also said he would use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me.”

      Christy is a white man with short, dark, blonde hair and a beard. He’s 5’10” and weighs approximately 160 pounds. Police said he has a tattoo of a cross on his right upper arm. Federal agents said Christy talks with a noticeable lisp and claims to be a survivalist.”

      Friday, August 10th 2018, 8:18 am AKDT

  17. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    My office found that Rusal America Corp – a subsidiary of a sanctioned company controlled by a Russian oligarch & Putin ally – got an exemption from @realDonaldTrump’s aluminum tariffs days after he met with Putin in Helsinki. I asked the Trump Admin why.

    https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1027673980717674496

  18. Skunkcabbage August 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Russia, if you are listening – hope you are able to find Trump’s Kompromat. I think you would be rewarded mightily by our press.

  19. ANON August 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    OT? “Manafort later asked the incoming administration to consider tapping Calk for secretary of the Army, according to testimony earlier in the week. Calk did not get the job. Raico said Calk had also asked about becoming Treasury secretary.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/10/manafort-witness-says-bank-ceo-coveted-cabinet-job-pushed-to-approve-loans.html

  20. ANON August 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia_Summit_2001

    “Former President George W. Bush on Putin: “When I looked in his eyes and saw his soul, Russia was broke… He’s a very smart tactician.” OIL!

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/george-w-bush-putin-changed-since-i-looked-into-his-eyes-and-saw-his-soul

  21. ss August 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    FB>
    “The Trump administration is soliciting designs for the new Space Force’s logo from its campaign supporters.

    I’m not a supporter, but here’s my suggestion anyway.

    Space Force Motto: A black hole you throw money into.”
    jim is Wright^

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