Trump Calls for Making Good Deals with Russia
by Stephen Lendman
In interviews with London’s Sunday Times and Germany’s Bild, both published on January 16, four days before his inauguration, Trump called for negotiating deals with Russia benefitting both countries.
Earlier he said “(t)he United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
A day later, he recklessly added “(l)et it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
In interviews with The Times of London and Bild, he said Western countries “have sanctions on Russia. Let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially. That’s part of it.”
He can’t have it both ways – “greatly strengthen(ing) and expand(ing)” America’s nuclear arsenal while “reduc(ing) (it) very substantially.”
It’s fair to ask what he really wants, most important what he’s able to accomplish, given powerful US dark forces wanting adversarial relations with Russia maintained.
It’s part of Washington’s longstanding regime change policy, wanting all independent countries transformed into US vassal states, their resources plundered, their people exploited.
Last year, Trump promised to build up America’s military, assure it’s “funded beautifully,” while calling the nation’s foreign policy “a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.”
He suggested sanctions on Russia could be lifted if both countries “get along and if Russia is really helping us…”
He told the Wall Street Journal “Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I’m leading it and I believe and I hope maybe it won’t happen, it’s possible.”
“But I won’t be giving a little reset button like Hillary. Here, press this piece of plastic. A guy looked at her like what is she doing? There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we’re not. I hope we get along, but if we don’t, that’s possible too.”
While campaigning, he blamed Obama and Hillary for deteriorated relations with Moscow. They’ve been adversarial since Russia’s 1917 revolution, an entire century of Russia bashing, except during WW II to defeat Nazi Germany cooperatively and occasional successful treaty negotiations – later breached or abandoned by Washington.
Over the weekend, Trump repeated earlier remarks about NATO being obsolete, most of its members not paying their fair share.
So far, we only know what he’s said as a candidate and president-elect. On Friday, policymaking begins for good or ill.
On Monday, I tweeted him, urging mostly the former, serving everyone equitably, renouncing war – a shove in the right direction, knowing Washington doesn’t work this way.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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