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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:45 PM

Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

Source: MSN/Washington Post

President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.

The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

“We’ll match their numbers,” Trump instructed, according to a senior administration official. “We’re not taking the lead. We’re matching.”

The next day, when the expulsions were announced publicly, Trump erupted, officials said. To his shock and dismay, France and Germany were each expelling only four Russian officials — far fewer than the 60 his administration had decided on.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-a-reluctant-hawk-has-battled-his-top-aides-on-russia-and-lost/ar-AAvVgFe?li=BBnb7Kz



Even though Trump has wanted to cozy up to Russia, he just ended up making things far more tense given how often he flip flops. Twice, after Trump attacked Syrians and indicated that the U.S. would be done with Syria, Assad has taken this as a green light to start gassing his people, then Trump decides to shoot missiles at Assad to save the people that Trump has repeatedly attacked as terrorists.

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Reply Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost (Original post)
TomCADem Apr 2018 OP
mercuryblues Apr 2018 #1
SergeStorms Apr 2018 #3
mercuryblues Apr 2018 #6
SergeStorms Apr 2018 #9
Orsino Apr 2018 #8
JohnnyRingo Apr 2018 #2
Cha Apr 2018 #4
no_hypocrisy Apr 2018 #5
Hortensis Apr 2018 #7
BlueStater Apr 2018 #10

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:59 PM

1. trump is easily manipulated

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:45 AM

3. Someone who's easily manipulated....

who has his default setting stuck on "moron" is exceptionally dangerous and repulsive.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:32 AM

6. All you have to do to get

trump to do something is tell him Obama did the opposite. Or that it will piss off who ever he is mad at that day.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:36 PM

9. That pretty much sums it up.

Plus being the very last person who talks to him before he opens his gaping maw..........

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:28 PM

8. All someone has to do is promise to make something easy for him...

...and that the result will make him look good.

He's floppier than Jell-O.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:32 AM

4. trump will do anything to get his poll numbers

up and distract from his hot messes.

I don't know how "reluctant" that is.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 05:00 AM

5. "I can't put on the charm."

Privately, he complained to aides that the media’s fixation on the Mueller probe was hobbling his effort to woo Putin. “I can’t put on the charm,” the president often said, according to one of his advisers. “I’m not able to be president because of this witch hunt.”


Yeah, translated: I can't BS and manipulate.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:36 AM

7. Astonishingly clueless.

Yet, he always was. This is what We the People sort of elected.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 04:10 PM

10. Reluctant? Bullshit.

The conman has no core. He's a chameleon. He's anything that he thinks will help him at the moment.

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