By Jim Campbell
July 26, 2018
President Trump is correct it would be in both countries interest if Russia and the United States were to have a better relationship.
Problematically, Putin’s word means absolutely nothing, like Hillary Clinton, both are pathological liars.
He previously served as Russia’s prime minister.
In 1999, Russian president Boris Yeltsin dismissed his prime minister and promoted former KGB officer Vladimir Putin in his place.
In December 1999, Yeltsin resigned, appointing Putin president, and he was re-elected in 2004.Putin is said to have rigged his own election.
Said Putin: The ballot I’ll be issued will be identical to the ones used in Russia.
In fact, with five candidates, including four party nominees and an independent, it will look much like a ballot in any democratic country with a multiparty system.
But what it actually represents is the systematic—and successful—dismantling of Russian democratic institutions begun a dozen years ago. (Source)
Putin could not run for the presidency again in 2008, but was appointed prime minister by his successor, Dmitry Medvedev.
The fact that he was even nominated for the Peace Prize makes a bigger mockery on the award.
The best that can be said about Vladimir Putin is that he was a murdering thug who has never been held accountable and likely will never be.
Here’s a list of Putin critics who’ve ended up dead. (Source)
“The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said in a statement, according to the White House.
That’s a change from last week, when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump and Putin could meet in Washington as soon as later this year.
The comments came after Trump and Putin met in Helsinki earlier this month.
“In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs,” Sanders tweeted last week.
“President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway,” she added.
Trump made waves during his first summit meeting with Putin when he indicated he doesn’t believe his own intelligence officials about Russia’s election meddling, but later clarified that he does believe that assessment.
Trump initially said during a joint press conference that he had no reason not to believe Putin, who stressed to him that the Russian government was not to blame for interference in the election — comments that were at odds with a January 2017 report from the U.S. intelligence community that found Russian agents were responsible for interfering in the election.
Trump later admitted that he misspoke when he said he didn’t “see any reason why” Russia would have meddled in the 2016 election, noting he believes the U.S. intelligence community assessment.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
However, it’s not entirely clear when that investigation will end, and some have suggested it could linger well into 2019.