Donald Trump has done more to hobble Vladimir Putin’s ability to act on the world stage than any of his predecessors. For example, Trump’s favorable treatment of fracking has kept the prices of oil and natural gas down, devastating Russia’s income as an oil exporter and severely truncating Putin’s cash flow. It’s the Democrats who espouse policies which are more favorable to Russia’s interests.
So the New York Times ran this yesterday—
That “warning” was supposedly contained in an intelligence briefing. If our intelligence agencies really think that Vladimir Putin would act so stupidly against his own interests as to try to interfere in the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, then it’s time for a top-to-bottom review of what’s going on in Spookville. Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence looks like a pretty good move.
Note to the Times: The Russian Collusion Hoax failed last year.
You could argue, at minimum, Trump should sack the top 3 levels of management in the DOJ, CIA and DNI. The FBI? That organization needs to be burned to the ground- Start over.
..so, Trump is anti-Russia because.. he supports fracking?
Oil prices haven’t dropped since Trump came in. They’ve been.. steady. No huge jumps, no huge drops.
I mean, sure you could say that if he opposed fracking it could mean more money for Russia, but I’m not so sure. There’s unused capacity available in Alberta, or he could put some real pressure on Venezuela to get an actual functioning government in there. Either of those would lower prices quite noticeably. If he wanted to put the screws to Russia, those would be the way to go.
Do you have another reason for thinking Trump is anti-Russia?
I mean, I think the reason he supports fracking is because it plays well with his supporters. One of the few things he’s actually done while in office is do lawsuits to try and get environmental limitations overturned. Fracking is both an example of that and one that is reasonably popular among his supporters.
Not everything is about international intrigue.