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Helsinki's Summit Confirms Trump's Indebtedness To Putin
by George Cassidy Payne
2018-07-20 08:31:59
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President Trump’s posture and delivery in Helsinki should not have surprised anyone. The British historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, has written: “Trump wants to be the first American tsar. With his hero worship of Putin, his admiration for the apparent omnipotence of the Kremlin, schoolboyish crush on Putin’s gangster swagger and his contempt for democracy, Trump wants to rule with his family, taking decisions purely because he’s right about everything like a tsar.”

As far back as 2007, Trump told Larry King on CNN, “Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”

putr0003_400_01In 2011, he reiterated his admiration when he said, “Putin has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbors so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe…I respect Putin and Russians but cannot believe our leader (Obama) allows them to get away with so much…Hats off to the Russians.”

In 2015, on another cable news program, Trump excused Putin’s attacks on journalists. “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country…I think our country does plenty of killing also.”

Trump views Putin as a powerful leader, political beneficiary, fellow nationalist,  a co-defender of Christianity, and a comrade in arms. Given the symmetry of their beliefs, convictions, and goals, Trump’s performance at the summit was fairly predictable.

One thing is for sure: it is incontrovertible that Putin helped Trump win the 2016 election. If not for Moscow’s highly sophisticated campaign of subversion, there is no way that Donald Trump would have beat Hillary Clinton. That is not fake news; that is a fact. Although Trump can’t say it in public, he knows the truth: dossier or not, he is indebted to Vladimir Putin for everything that he has accomplished as POTUS.


George Cassidy Payne is an independent writer, social justice activist, domestic violence counselor, and adjunct professor of philosophy. He lives and works in Rochester, NY.

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