Trump Pressures Russia On Crimea

Jack Shearing (2/15/2017)

In light of the Flynn controversy Americans on both sides of the isle are curious about Flynn’s relationship with Russia and how that might have affected the President during Flynn’s short tenure. The facts at the moment suggest that Trump has known that Flynn was dishonest with the Vice President for at least fifteen days. During that time, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer has said that Trump fully expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine, whom Russia annexed the peninsula from in 2014.

The Trump administration’s ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has also denounced the occupation of Ukraine. “The Dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions” Furthermore Haley said, “Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine,” Spicer is keen to point out that Haley said all of this on her first day acting as ambassador to the UN. These statements from Haley came almost exactly a day after Trump allegedly learned about Flynn’s compromised status. Reiterating Halley’s statements during the press briefing Spicer said “speaks for the president” when it comes to Crimea. These statements are of course completely opposite the narrative that the mainstream media is pushing: that Flynn’s resignation is proof that Trump has ties to Putin. In fact, the President’s actions fly right in the face of the Kremlin and nip and potential for Russian black mail right in the bud by disposing of their potential black mail target.

While nothing Flynn did was illegal, he did fail to disclose important information to the vice president about the details of a relatively ordinary phone call between himself and the Russian ambassador. When the specific details of the phone call were brought to light so were other concerns about Flynn’s character and honesty. This situation could have been disastrous for the President if Russia had put pressure on the compromised National Security Advisor before Flynn’s compromised status had been discovered. By accepting Flynn’s resignation and simultaneously publicly pressuring Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine, Trump has identified, treated and sealed a potential threat from ever surfacing. This situation could have been avoided if Flynn was honest about his dealings with his superiors. However, failure in transparency has led to his dismissal. A dismissal that sets a good precedent for potential trouble makers who might keep secrets from the President.

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