In the wake of RussiaGate 1.0, will there be a shift in US foreign policy involving a decisive change in US-Russia relations?
Is the Witch-hunt over?
Or is RussiaGate 2.0 in the making?
On March 3, Trump and Putin held a telephone conversation. They spoke for an hour and a half. The discussions were described by Trump as “positive”.
“Getting along with Russia and China, getting along with all of them is a very good thing, not a bad thing, it a good thing, it’s a positive thing,” (to reporters on May 3)
Trump confirmed that he was open to negotiations on reducing the stock of nuclear weapons with both Moscow and Beijing in the context of a trilateral deal (US-Russia-China). Indelibly, such an agreement could potentially destabilize Trump’s 1.2 trillion dollar nuclear weapons program. It could also have an impact on the movement of Aerospace and Defense (A & D) stocks, which experienced in 2018 a market bonanza.
The lifting of sanctions on North Korea, Ukraine and the crisis in Venezuela were also discussed.
The Trump-Putin telephone initiative was taken without prior consultation with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have systematically blocked the restoration of normal dialogue and diplomatic exchange with Moscow.
Is this part of an unfolding internal battle between Trump and his national security advisers, not to mention Vice President Mike Pence? (image right).
Trump and Putin also discussed the “Russian Hoax”.
President Trump’s overture to the Kremlin visibly contradicts both Bolton and Pompeo who are threatening president Maduro, pressuring him to leave Venezuela and hand over the presidency to Guaido. According to Trump:
“He [Putin] is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,”
Will Trump’s dialogue with Putin have a bearing on the Bolton-Pompeo threats directed against the Maduro government?
The presumption of the mainstream media is that Donald Trump should have sought the green-light from Bolton-Pompeo:
The conversation, which Trump went on to describe as “very positive,” appeared to be yet another example of Trump taking Putin’s claims at face value despite contrary evidence from his own government.