It is hard to imagine a more dangerous act than leaving or not supporting NATO as Trump suggested in his speech at a campaign event at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC as he “ramped up his attacks on NATO on Saturday, claiming he suggested to a foreign leader that he would encourage Russia to do ‘whatever the hell they want’ to member countries he views as not spending enough on their own defense.”
On 2/10/24 he said,
One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?,’” Trump said during a rally at Coastal Carolina University. “I said, ‘You didn’t pay. You’re delinquent.’ He said, ‘Yes, let’s say that happened.’ No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.
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Former president Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on NATO on Saturday, claiming he suggested to a foreign leader that he would encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to member countries he views as not spending enough on their own defense. https://t.co/5qhQCf6GeK
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 11, 2024
Some history is worth repeating here. Trump has been trying to do a big Russian real estate deal there since 1987. The big deal which surfaced in 2019 per Forbes, was to build a tower in Moscow. It did not get done because “What ultimately killed Trump Moscow was not all the bluster, nor the ties to Russian oligarchs, nor even the limited financial upside. When asked why the deal ended, in a sworn congressional hearing, Cohen pointed to one part of the plan that went awry: ‘He won the presidency.'”
Then in the same Forbes article:
“It’s getting late, and Felix Sater—a onetime Trump partner, two-time convicted felon and longtime government cooperator—sits in the back of a New York City restaurant, ready for a drink. “A very dirty martini, Russian vodka,” he tells the waiter. “A collusion martini.”
No one outside of the Trump Organization has more firsthand knowledge of Donald Trump’s connections to Russia than Felix Sater. In 2006, he scouted a potential deal in Moscow with the president’s children Don Jr. and Ivanka. In 2007, he stood alongside Trump at a launch party for a hotel Sater had helped get built, Trump SoHo, which marketed partially to Russian buyers. And during the 2016 presidential campaign, Sater helped plan a giant Trump tower in Moscow.
“Here’s to fun times,” he says, hoisting his martini glass in the air.
Fun times indeed. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report highlights three separate proposals to develop a Trump property in Moscow around the time of the election. Yet key details have remained vague. Forbes got in touch with the people at the center of all three—and uncovered concrete answers to fundamental questions about Trump’s plans in Russia.”
You really won’t get the depth and seriousness of this story unless you read this full story here.
Sater says, he was cooking up a plan to raise huge sums from investors in TT Moscow, including two of Vladimir Putin’s closest cronies, Boris and Arkady Rotenberg. “We would have gone to them and asked them for four or five hundred million dollars cash,” https://t.co/sdmiJxrtC6
— Karol Cummins (@karolcummins) May 23, 2019
Then consider the famous interview between Trump and Putin reported by David Ignatius of the Washington Post on July 16, 2018, in which Trump said he trusted Putin more than his CIA.
“It was unbelievable,” said a stunned Will Hurd, a Republican congressman from Texas and former CIA officer. “I would never have thought I’d see an American president being played by a foreign adversary in that way.”
You could argue charitably that Trump was just being polite and didn’t want to offend the Russian leader standing next to him. But that doesn’t excuse how Trump chose to end the news conference, by attacking former FBI special agent Peter Strzok as a “disgrace” and calling the Russia investigation a “total witch hunt” — while the man who our intelligence agencies say ordered the covert-action assault looked on.
Direct questions have a way of eliciting telling behavior, even from practiced liars. That’s the theme of a book called “Spy the Lie” by three former CIA officers. They argue that a well-trained observer can detect deception without wiring the subject to a polygraph machine. One sign is verbal deflection, as in Trump’s immediate, spurious mention of missing servers and emails; another is visible stress on the subject’s face, as some might describe Trump’s smirks and grimaces. Taken together, such indicators can reveal deception.
‘Who do you believe?’ a reporter asked Trump. His answer was stunning. https://t.co/UDrVnJHNgG
— David Ignatius (@IgnatiusPost) July 16, 2018
Note, that still proclaiming victimhood and his innocence, Donald Trump, the Teflon criminal Indictee, will be nominated as the GOP’s Presidential Candidate in July 14 to 16, 2024 at about the same time David Ignatius wrote his damaging Washington Post article on July 19, 2016, after 8 years of trying and succeeding by Trump to inflict huge harm to our basic institutions upon which democracy survives. Before Trump captured the GOP, Republicans widely attacked his comments about Putin and CIA, subsequently followed docilely down that evil path to Mar-a-Lago.
A small shred of hope sufaced for a GOP rebellion against Trump’s dictatorship sufaced when the Senate with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blessing approved a substitute bill calling for funding Ukraine and Israel, but not the compromise bill on immigration. As the 2/11/1014 Washington Post article entitled “Aid bill for Ukraine, Israel on track to pass Senate early this week” subtitled “18 Republicans are ready to support the deal as Trump rails against NATO.”
It reports that,
Eighteen Republican senators joined Democrats on Sunday in voting to advance a $95 billion national security bill that contains funds for Ukraine and Israel, putting the bill on a path to pass the chamber early this week in what could be seen as a rebuke to former president Donald Trump recent comments deriding the NATO alliance.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is unlikely to take up the legislation if it ultimately passes the Senate, after many hard-right lawmakers have drawn a line on sending funds to Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said an “obvious choice” to improve the bill’s chances in the House would be for Democrats to use a discharge petition to circumvent Johnson’s will. Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) said discussions are being held with House lawmakers to follow such a path.
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Eighteen Republican senators joined Democrats on Sunday in voting to advance a $95 billion national security bill that contains funds for Ukraine and Israel, putting the bill on a path to pass the chamber early this week. https://t.co/oM3nU2XhLl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 11, 2024
Careful, Donald, something might be approved soon by the non-governing House of Representatives (but not likely) which is good for the world and our country, which might even help Biden.
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