A Washington Post editorial on Friday brought up the question of “darker suspicions” about President-elect Donald Trump‘s dismissive attitude on Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Questioning Trump’s recent praise of Putin for not sanctioning U.S. diplomats in retaliation for Obama’s recent sanctions against Russia, The Post’s editorial board stated, “The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladimir Putin. For his part, Mr. Putin seems to be eagerly anticipating the Trump presidency. On Friday, he promised to withhold retaliatory sanctions, clearly hoping the new Trump administration will nullify Mr. Obama’s acts.”
The Washington Post editorial continued with,” Mr. Trump has been frank about his desire to improve relations with Russia, but he seems blissfully untroubled by the reasons for the deterioration in relations, including Russia’s instigation of an armed uprising in Ukraine, its seizure of Crimea, its efforts to divide Europe and the crushing of democracy and human rights at home. Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions. But darker suspicions persist.”
Does it come as any surprise that the Washington Post failed to mention that President Obama has done nothing against Russia up until now?
The editorial ended with this conclusion, “We would be thrilled to see all the doubts dispelled, but Mr. Trump’s odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia, matched by Mr. Putin’s evident enthusiasm for the president-elect, cannot be easily explained.”
Trump on alleged election interference by Russia: “Get on with our lives” https://t.co/zvCXMEjPQc
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 29, 2016
H/T: The Hill
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