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Trump as a Russian “asset” is just plain nuts.

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Trump as a Russian “asset” is just plain nuts.

Trump as a Russian “asset” is just plain nuts.
January 16
20:33 2019

Just when one may think that that the liberal press had reached an accuracy and ethical nadir, they dive deeper in the swill of yellow journalism.

Since Trump’s election, the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement has been proffering their concocted narrative that President Trump is too cozy with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Granted, Trump has been unnecessarily kind to Putin in his comments. He has refrained from making critical personal comments about Putin, just as he has not personally criticized other authoritarian leaders, such as Xi JingPing of China, Recep Erdoğan of Turkey, and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. He has not even personally attacked Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

If you check the record, American heads-of-state rarely spew insults on the leaders of other nations — even adversaries. The war made allies of President Franklin Roosevelt and arguably one of the most brutal despots in world history, Joseph Stalin. President Kennedy faced down Russia during the Cuban missile crisis but did not heap personal insults on Nikita Khrushchev. President Reagan demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall but did never was heard to insult the Soviet dictator personally. In fact, Reagan’s relationship with Gorbachev was arguably friendlier than Trump and Putin.

To further the media’s prosecutorial case against Trump, CNN’s John Avlon used his misnamed “Reality Check” feature to engage in some of the most misleading – and downright dishonest – reporting imaginable. His aim was to refute Trump’s claim to have been tougher on Russia than past president. It mostly dwelled on Trump’s refusal to condemn Putin – but omitted all the ACTIONS Trump has taken that pushed back on Russian international aggression.

Avalon did not mention that despite numerous speculative news reports that Trump would return the diplomatic facilities in Virginia that President Obama had seized as he left office. He did not. Trump reversed Obama’s acceding to the demand that the U.S. surrender air space over Syria to the exclusive use by Russian aircraft.

Trump bombed airport and chemical warfare facilities inside Syria despite protests from Russia – which was also using those facilities. Trump supported the Kurds in the battle with ISIS and Syria – to the displeasure of both Russia and Turkey.

Trump signed off on the tough sanctions voted by Congress. Critics like to argue that he had no choice, but that does not change the fact that he did not oppose them. He later imposed sanctions on a number of Russian oligarchs.

At the displeasure of Russia, Trump approved the admission of Montenegro into NATO and supported bolstering NATO’s military capability in Poland – an action that enraged the Russian leadership. In one of the more significant actions against Russian interest, Trump ordered the sale of military equipment to Ukraine to use against Russian intrusion – something Obama specifically refused to do.
Trump has formed an Arab alliance that includes Saudi Arabia and Israel to push back against Iranian (and by extension Russian) influence in the Middle East.

Trump administration officials have made the strongest condemnations of Russia and Putin, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Though the Trump haters attempt to separate Trump from his own administration, it must be noted that none of those policy statements would have been possible without the approval of the President.

One can argue that Trump is not overtly tough enough on Putin, but it is simply dishonest to say that he has been operating in the interest of Russia. Avlon’s “Reality Check” screed is not due to ignorance. That is prepared by him and others – producers, researchers and writers. It was an intentional smear on Trump.

For sure, Trump has not done well in messaging or defending his own credibility. But such specious and malicious attacks on Trump and the truth are disgraceful, disgusting and contemptible.
Unfortunately, this is only one of many examples of how major portions of the American press have abrogated their responsibilities and have thrown to the gutter all concepts of journalistic ethics.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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11 Comments

  1. Bob Gummz
    Bob Gummz January 17, 19:19

    Your original headline was correct. “Assest” is the right word to use.

    Reply to this comment
    • Duane
      Duane January 17, 19:49

      You fail to present ANYTHING to support your allegation. Try refuting anything in the article.

      Otherwise, you just prove the quote by Margaret Thatcher. Name calling is pretty much the last lame attack by someone with a losing (or no) argument.

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      • DG
        DG January 18, 01:05

        And Mr. Horst presents no supporting evidence of his claims either. But everyone heard and saw the moment in Helsinki when Trump stated that he believed Putin’s word over all of his own intelligence communities in regard to Russian interference in the election.

        Reply to this comment
    • toddy
      toddy January 17, 21:39

      Dyslexic???

      Reply to this comment
  2. Chelemark
    Chelemark January 17, 20:21

    You don’t know what the hell you are writing about. This guy has been and is a Russian subsidiary and all of his antics is leading to the decimation of democracy and this country.

    Reply to this comment
    • toddy
      toddy January 17, 21:36

      Sure, Sherlock, there was no ‘quid pro quo’ by the Clintons in relation to the Uranium One deal and the ensuing contribution to the Clinton Foundation. Media has been soft pedaling that one for years now. When Clinton becace Sec’y. of State and was asked to disclose all donors, donations from Uranium One were ‘inadvertently’ not disclosed. Investigations into Clinton and their ‘altruistic’ foundation were never as vigorous and ongoing as they were (and are) for President Trump! Wake up and smell the coffee; get your nose out of joint over the loss of the election!

      Reply to this comment
    • jj
      jj January 17, 22:12

      No, you are confusing the last Administration with this one. He does know what he is writing about. And, you would understand if you would just take a look around and see what is going on in Congress.

      Reply to this comment
  3. Jon Romano from Downtown
    Jon Romano from Downtown January 17, 20:51

    Trump is one of the best and most eficient american presidents. He makes uncommon and unusual moves, which are beyond his oponents capacity to understand. The efect of his function is obvious. His opposition, media included is low class political parasites!

    Reply to this comment
  4. Kathy
    Kathy January 18, 05:02

    At this point anyone who is still acting as an apologist for the person residing in the White House is consciously choosing to support a criminal who is most likely guilty of treason. What is this magic power that he has over so many of you who, I trust, love our country, but who refuse to acknowledge that he is attempting to destroy the United States of America. We have certainly already lost our place as leader of the free world. He is a criminal, a liar, a coward and a traitor who has no concern for the honor of our country and the rule of law. 18 candidates for the GOP who ran against him had him pegged correctly when they ran against him. Now they are all cowards! . Continue to defend hom sst any cost. Watch our country continue to deteriorate. Then pat yourself on the back for aiding and abetting a criminal and trstor. OR stand up, admit t that the right has made s fatal mistake, remove him as leader of your party, and help save the country! A crystal clear choice!

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    • Doug C.
      Doug C. February 17, 07:10

      It’s a great hoot to see apologists for blackface and the KKKlan accuse Republicans of racism. To hear agents of Chavez, Maduro, Kim Jong Un, MS-13 and global jihad devolve into tears about a pro-America foreign policy. To witness galloping goosesteppers like the one immediately above signal their supposed virtue.

      Is it a surprise that all they can spew is deflection, hypocrisy, fabulism, bigotry and idjutry?

      Poor Kathy is fit to be tied because her self-authored meme has failed to catch on: “When they bring flags, we bring Swastikas!”

      Reply to this comment

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