For invading and annexing Crimea Russia was kicked out of the “Group of Eight” leaving the “G8” the “G7”: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The United Kingdom, and The United States, countries who account for two-thirds of net global financial worth. In his latest instance of siding with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump calls for Russia’s reinstatement into this body.
Intelligence agencies and Congress are convinced Putin worked to engineer Trump’s election. Donald disagrees. If Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a “Witch Hunt” why waste time and energy obsessing and trying to kill it? President Trump calls an American exercising his right peaceably to protest a “son of a bitch,” but says not a negative word, not a single negative word, against a leader who murders opponents, who rigs his own and meddles in American elections?
Amicable relations between individuals and nations are always good. I wonder, however, at the motive behind President Trump’s repeatedly sucking-up to an off-again on-again adversary while sometimes rebuffing centuries-long allies?
Exotics of international finance and relations aside, could our President’s defense of Vladimir Putin have more prosaic roots? Given Donald Trump’s financial wheeling-and-dealing, confessed and alleged sexual shenanigans, paying $130,000 to a porn star, visits to Russian, and given that Moscow bedrooms may have eyes, I wonder? Does the Dictator in the Kremlin have the goods on Our Guy in the Whitehouse?
Of course Putin may have no leverage whatsoever with Trump. Leverage or not, the fundamental questions is: In America’s 2016 Main Event why did Russia’s Heavyweight Champion choose to sit in Trump’s corner? Simple. Vladimir knows among seasoned punchers and counter-punchers in the International Arena Donald’s a Lightweight. Photos of “Arab Spring” bouts taped to his locker room mirror, Vladimir Putin is acutely aware that matched toe-to-toe Hill and Bill’s tag team would take him down.