Saturday, April 8, 2017

Did Trump Collude with Putin to use Syrian Gas Attack as a Means of Rewarding Russia with the Removal of Sanctions in Exchange for Forcing Syria's Assad to Step Down?

Why is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveling to Moscow next week?  I thought the U.S. and Moscow were supposed to be on chilly terms after President Donald Trump bombed the Syrian airfield? Admittedly, nothing much was destroyed other than the 59 U.S. tomahawk missiles used to attack the facility with, and at a cost of $70 million.  The runways are still being used by planes that continue to bomb civilian targets in Syria.Also, Tillerson's trip to Moscow is coming at a time when U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley who last week announced that she could work with Bashar al-Assad is now proclaiming that he must be gotten rid of.    Of course he does, but not if it's merely a smokescreen to do what the Trump Administration promised Putin for putting him in the White House in the first place. And that is, of course, to get those damned U.S. sanctions removed that are such a drag on the Russian economy.

And this brings me back to the FBI investigation that is closing in on Trump and his White House colleagues.  It is not merely related to election campaign collusion with Russia, but possible payments to Trump campaign figures, who would be paid generously to get the U.S. to lift sanctions against Russia, which is costing that nation's economy billions of dollars.  The sanctions had been imposed after it invaded the Ukraine and annexed Crimea.  The stakes are not only high for the Russian economy.  Payouts to individual members of the Trump campaign, who used their influence to further Russia's agenda, have also been estimated in the billions.  I hope the FBI is able to complete its investigation before Trump, in his impulsive ineptitude, launches World War III.
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