IS TRUMP READY TO BE TROTTED ON A LEASH?
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will sit down for an official bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday rather than an informal pull-aside meeting.” Of course! When you are a puppet, you must show deference towards your master. According to CNN, “The meeting, confirmed by both the White House and the Kremlin on Tuesday, will be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders [that we know of] and the first official bilateral meeting between a US and Russian president in nearly two years.” Horror. The American people now have to watch this and suffer the indignity of seeing the puppet president trotted around on a leash by his master. The press should be happy though because, “The bilateral meeting format — one that typically includes a handshake and brief public remarks exchanged between the two leaders,” will deliver ratings. However “An informal pull-aside — the setting in which President Barack Obama and Putin met at the G20 last September — would have sent signals to Russia that it must do more to change its behavior to engage on a higher level diplomatically with the US,” CNN notes, adding, “The extent of Trump’s previous relationship with Putin is unclear. Prior to the 2016 election, he said they had a relationship and had spoken ‘directly,’” CNN reports. After the Miss Universe competition in Moscow in 2014, the orange lunatic said, “I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success.” Horror. Weep for America and spit on Russia.
TRUMP TO PROMOTE US NATURAL GAS IN POLAND TOMORROW
Let’s see if the Russian puppet can stick to an American-provided script this time. Reuters reports, “President Donald Trump will use fast-growing supplies of U.S. natural gas as a political tool when he meets in Warsaw on Thursday with leaders of a dozen countries that are captive to Russia for their energy needs.” Reuters notes, “In recent years, Moscow has cut off gas shipments during pricing disputes with neighboring countries in winter months,” because that’s just how neighborly the friendly Russians are. Reuters reports, “Exports from the United States would help reduce their dependence on Russia.” “Trump will attend the ‘Three Seas’ summit – so named because several of its members surround the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas – before the Group of 20 leading economies meet in Germany,” Reuters notes. The Three Seas project hopes “to expand regional energy infrastructure, including LNG import terminals and gas pipelines. Members of the initiative include Poland, Austria, Hungary and Russia’s neighbors Latvia and Estonia,” Reuters adds. Daniel Yergin, one-time intellectual hero of TRUMPISTAN WATCH for his definitive history of oil, The Prize, who sadly sits on Trump’s energy counsel (as he has previous presidents’ but no matter, normalizing is normalizing), notes, “Europe is going to be the great competitive arena between Russian gas and LNG”. Reuters adds, “Europeans will be watching to see whether Trump clarifies his administration’s position on a new pipeline to pump Russian gas to Germany, known as Nord Stream 2.” Smell the coming disaster as the traitor trash gets set to crash and burn through Europe all over again.
CAN WE AT LEAST BE FACEBOOK FRIENDS, MUTTER ANGELA?
Reuters reports, “In their campaign program for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term ‘friend’ in describing the relationship with the United States.” Can we at least be Facebook friends? So this is pretty much insane given how many of our boys and girls in the military are stationed there and how well integrated the U.S. and German armies are. Reuters notes, “Four years ago, the joint program of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), referred to the United States as Germany’s ‘most important friend’ outside of Europe,” Reuters notes. That was before America was great and did not need more than a reality TV star turned Twitter blogger to guide it to infinity and beyond. We might not be official friends with Germany who like like each other any more but Reuters reports, “the United States is described as Germany’s ‘most important partner’ outside of Europe”. So the relationship is now in that awkward stage when your partner says let’s be swingers. Merkel’s platform nonetheless reaffirms, “Germany’s commitment to the NATO military alliance,” but notes, “the EU must be in a position to defend itself independently”. Swing with France but no dalliances with Russia, please. As is though, this is quite the victory for the Russians, fraying the NATO alliance’s relationship between its two strongest partners is everything they want to break up the trans-Atlantic relationship. We might be separated some of the time but we still share a house and have not divided up the assets, so Putin should not get too confident. It’s ain’t over until it’s over.
MORE UNDESERVED DIPLOMATIC OVERTURES FOR OUR FAKE “FRIENDS”
The Washington Examiner reports, “Undersecretary Tom Shannon and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak met Tuesday to resume the nascent diplomacy between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.” Horror. So beyond hacking our election, eroding our democracy and installing a lunatic reality TV star turned Twitter blogger in the White House what exactly have our “friends,” the Russians, done to deserve the attention? May our militaries meet to diffuse the possibilities of total war but no one else, for now, until the timing is right, which it is not at present. Alas, good sense does not prevail these days or else Trump would not even be in Washington. The Washington Examiner notes, “Shannon had been scheduled to travel to Moscow for a more formal summit, but the Russian government canceled that meeting after the Trump administration updated economic sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis,” which is certainly fine, the Russians may cry and project to cover for their own brutality. According to the State Department’s summary, “Shannon and Kislyak ‘address[ed] the upcoming meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin’”. Recall “Kislyak is slated to return to Moscow, having served throughout the Obama administration only to end up developing into one of the most controversial foreign diplomats in the United States,” seeing as how he is at the center of a web of treason that includes everyone from princeling Jared to private Russian Sessions to quisling Flynn. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “The changing of an ambassador, especially to a major country, is a question of at least a year,” in what is an unmistakable overture but nonetheless an understatement; the U.S. is *the* major country.
From The Washington Examiner.
ENERGY GIANTS SEEK TO FOLLOW IN FOOTSTEPS OF TECH SECTOR TRAITORS
Dow Jones reports, “Exxon Mobil Corp. and other energy companies have joined President Donald Trump in expressing concerns over a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia, arguing that it could shut down oil and gas projects around the world that involve Russian partners.” Dow Jones notes, “The pushback from energy companies such as Exxon and Chevron Corp. — and other industries — threatens to complicate House passage of the legislation, aimed partly at punishing Russia for what U.S. officials describe as interference in last year’s U.S. election.” Recall, Reuters reported tech sector giants Microsoft and Cisco led the charge in quietly lobbying to have sanctions concerning business involving the FSB, so all business in Russia, rolled back just two weeks after Trump took office. Dow Jones notes, “Exxon’s advocacy also presents a potential political problem for the Trump administration, which has been trying to avoid conflict-of-interest questions involving Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,” who used to run Exxon. Too damn bad because the Russian Order of Friendship medal recipient has already gutted the State Department and backslapped Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov so many times since inflicting active measures on the department he is said to run. Of course such a great friend of Russia opposes anything that might harm his buddies, even though he has promised to recuse himself. So has DARKNESS AT NUNES, but both believe they can do whatever the hell they want. Dow Jones notes, “As written, the bill could affect two existing Exxon projects outside of Russia in which Rosneft holds a stake”. Too damn bad.
From Dow Jones.
RUSSIA REALLY REALLY WANTS BACK ITS SPY DENS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov whined on Monday about Russia’s beloved spy dens in Maryland and Long Island, New York, asserting Russia has shown “exceptional flexibility” over the matter. Hey losers, so has our system in the face of Russian efforts to corrupt and destroy it with the lunatic now squatting in the White House. Sad for Vlad! What the hell has Russia done to deserve the privilege of their little espionage retreats on our shores? Nothing. Consequences, dears.
CAPITAL OUTFLOWS FROM RUSSIA “SHORT-TERM MARKET CORRECTION”
Russian state-run TASS “reports,” “The recent notable capital outflow from Russia recorded by analysts is a market correction, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.” Sure it is, Dmitry. While no one should underestimate the Russians ability and threshold for shit, both in the economy and their politics, it is nonetheless not a sign of poor economic health that so much money is pouring out of the economy. To justify the insanity of Russia’s non-economy, Peskov lied, “capital effortlessly flows into the country and effortlessly flows out.” That would be true if you substitute “country” for “mafia state’s private coffers from state assets”. Everything is just fine, Vova, until it is all over. The auger of August is around the corner.
From Russian state-run TASS.
AP SEEKS DISMISSAL OF OLIGARCH DERIPASKA’S LAWSUIT
The AP reports the news organization “on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought by a Russian billionaire,” Oleg Deripaska, “with ties to President Vladimir Putin,” and Trump’s one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, “calling the case ‘intrusive, expensive and chilling’ with no legitimate claim of defamation.” The AP notes, “Aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska sued in May over an AP report two months earlier that revealed his past business connections to Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump. He said the story was inaccurate and had hurt his career by falsely accusing him of criminal activity.” However, “The AP has stood by the story as accurate.” The AP reports, “in court papers filed Monday, lawyers for the news cooperative said Deripaska was challenging the story based on his own ‘strained implications’ and incorrect inferences, rather than on information actually conveyed in the report.” AP “lawyers also argue that Deripaska, by virtue of his public profile, should be treated under the law as a ‘limited public figure,’ which would require him to satisfy a tougher legal standard — namely, that the authors of the story acted with malice in publishing the story — to prevail in his lawsuit.” Smart. The AP notes its “story was based on interviews with people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records, including strategy memoranda and records of international wire transfers for millions of dollars,” and “The AP also asked to be awarded attorneys’ fees under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act.”
From the AP.
TRUMP CONSIDERS ADDING RUSSIA REFUTER TO WH COUNSEL
Reuters reports, “President Donald Trump is considering adding a veteran Washington lawyer to the White House counsel’s office to deal with Russia-related issues, people familiar with the matter said.” Consider this a victory for the resistance, sadly done on taxpayer money – ergo Trump’s likely desire to do so. Trump loves shirking his bills and responsibility and forcing the cost of his misdeeds onto others. A source told Reuters, “Ty Cobb, a white-collar defense lawyer with the firm of Hogan Lovells and a former federal prosecutor, met with Trump about a week ago”. However Reuters reports, “White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the administration had ‘no announcement at this time,’” and “Cobb did not respond to requests for comment except to say he was on vacation.” Reuters reports, “Others lawyers have also turned down the role for which Cobb is being considered. William Burck, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, and Emmet Flood, a partner at Williams & Connolly, both turned down the opportunity,” which sounds much more like acting as the front man for treason while baking in it than a true opportunity.
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MAJORITIES IN BALTIC STATES FEAR WAR
The true cost of Russian military adventurism in the Baltic Sea and the selfish madness of the lunatic they installed in the White House’s indifference to the human condition that does not concern his bottom line may be paid in Baltic blood. Newsweek reports, “The majority of Latvians and Lithuanians fear war could erupt in their country, according to a survey in the Baltic states, after three years of persistently high tension with neighboring Russia,” citing a “survey by European insurance firm ERGO questioned 3,000 people across Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia”. The survey found “war was among the biggest fears of people in all three nations.” This is exceptionally cruel and inhumane given the three countries lived under nearly half a century of brutal Soviet occupation, endured two rounds of deportations to gulags in 1941 and 1949 carried out under modern Russia’s beloved hero, Comrade Józef, and saw their economies decimated and cultures colonized. Newsweek notes, “According to the poll, reported in Baltic news site Delfi on Tuesday, over two thirds of Lithuanians fear war (68 percent), while 62 percent of Latvians and 45 percent of Estonians do.” Newsweek notes “all three countries have imposed sanctions on Russia as members of the European Union, but they also have sizeable ethnic Russian minorities within their borders, whose identity and representation is often a controversial issue.”
ABSURD ITEM OF THE WEEK: RUSSIAN STATE-RUN RT CRITIQUE FROM GITMO
Yes, you read that right. According to The Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman, letters from Guantanamo detainee Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani to his attorney “indicate that for at least two years, the only English-language news accessible to these survivors of CIA black sites is [Russian state-run] RT”. Absurd. “Apprehended by the CIA in Pakistan in 2007, Afghani has written to his attorney voluminously—displaying a Seinfeld-esque sense of humor,” The Daily Beast reports noting, “he and the 14 other Camp 7 detainees are fed a media diet heavy on [Russian state-run] RT.” Other inmates in Camp 7 “include confessed 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and accused USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.” The Daily Beast reports, “In a March 15, 2017 letter Afghani wrote, ‘It’s the only western news we get—and it’s from Moscow.’” According to The Daily Beast, “Afghani has been watching RT for a long time. He first referenced ‘the TV I have, [Russian state-run] RT, Russian TV’ in a December 2015 letter to his lawyer, Carlos Warner.” Now for the really absurd: even in Guantanamo where hatred of the U.S. likely runs pretty high, Afghani knows that it is “Funny how RT likes Trump and doesn’t talk about Guantanamo anymore,” adding, “This is all fake news. Propaganda is not news.” This is coming from a guy who the U.S. tortured for 9 months through a variety of methods including sleep deprivation, stress positions, and more over nine months. However, “Afghani seems to be sick of what RT broadcasts,” and “tries very hard to keep up with the Kardashians.” Absurd. The Daily Beast notes, “Whatever RT thinks, Afghani isn’t a fan of Trump. The president is an ‘idiot.’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an ‘ass hat.’ KellyAnne Conway is ‘Skeletor.’” What the hell then is wrong with Americans who bought into Russian propaganda crap if even our “enemy combatants” see through Russian bullshit?
From The Daily Beast.
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FLOATING NUCLEAR PLANT IN ST. PETERSBURG CATCHES FIRE
The AP reports, “Russia’s emergency services ministry says a fire broke out on the floating nuclear power plant being built at a shipyard near the center of St. Petersburg, but was extinguished before anyone was injured.” Don’t worry, nothing to see here. At least they bother saying something in a post-Chernobyl world? The AP notes, “The shipyard is about two kilometers (1.25 miles) downriver from some of St. Petersburg’s most renowned tourist sites, including the State Hermitage Museum. The ministry statement says the fire was caused by a short circuit in a storage battery.”
From the AP.
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