Kremlin Turning on Trump
They rooted for him during the election and took a victory lap when he won. Putin said ‘No one thought he could win but us.’
Right after the election there were all these Kremlin tv specials on Trump. Indeed, Trump would have enjoyed the media more there. Now, however, Russia is turning on our so-called President:
“Kremlin-controlled news outlets used to root for Donald Trump’s election. Now they’re reveling in the chaos and division of his early presidency.”
“Sessions Scandal: ‘U.S Headed to Constitutional Crisis,’” reads a March 3 headline on the website of the Kremlin-funded English language network RT.
“Immigrants See American Dream Fade in Wake of Surge Hate Crimes,” Sputnik News, another English language outlet bankrolled by the Kremlin, reported the same day.
“America is in the grips of hatred,” the Russian television commentator Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers of the Rossiya 1 network on Sunday night. The popular host, appointed directly by Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggested the political discord could lead to violence in gun-friendly America — “a dangerous combination with free-flowing firearms,” he said.
“It’s not that the Kremlin-controlled outlets which all but explicitly rooted for Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton last fall have changed their view of the New York mogul. It’s that Moscow’s main goal was always to undermine the U.S. political system, regardless of who is in the White House, experts said.”
“The Russian government is savoring the severe damage to America’s international image a result of the tumultuous first weeks of the Trump administration’s tenure,” said Andrew Weiss, a former Clinton White House National Security Council official for Russian affairs.
Of course, their hopes that Russia can deliver more friendly relations’ are fading.
“That’s particularly true given dimming hopes in Moscow that Trump can now deliver on his pledge to cooperate with Putin.”
“At the same time, Russian coverage of Trump himself took a more critical turn almost immediately after his inauguration. “Trump Draws Noticeably Smaller Inauguration Crowd Than Predecessor,” Sputnik headlined on January 21.”
“Other stories in various Russian outlets have spotlighted Trump’s dismal poll numbers, criticized his immigration crackdown, and even made fun of his handshake. Russian television has replayed biting Saturday Night Live sketches spoofing the new president.”
So now Putin is beginning to see Trump as a loser. Still despite the mirth, they do have some consternation. They had hoped Trump would give them friendly deals-like the hand delivered proposal from Michael Cohen to Michael Flynn where Russia would lease Crimea either 50 or 100 years.
That’s now up in smoke. Maybe they’re laughing. But they’re also worried:
“A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told CNN Monday that “hysteria” in the media and in Washington is hurting the relationship between the two countries.”
“(It’s) high time for someone in the States to think, ‘Are we that weak that a country can interfere in our domestic affairs and influence our electoral system?’” said Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “This is unimaginable and someone has to say, all this is not true. We have to be sober, let’s come to our minds.”
Peskov said Russia did not have “the slightest intention to interfere.”
“The only thing I can tell you is that all this hysteria and public opinion, hysteria in official Washington and hysteria in American media, this is doing lots of harm to the future of our bilateral relations,” he said.
“Russia wants a “predictable partner” to address world issues, Peskov said.”
“We’re really sorry about the situation that we are facing now,” he said. “It is emotional extremism, of trying to make a toxic country out of Russia, to make a toxic … ambassador out of Russia’s ambassador.”
You were worried about bilateral relations you shouldn’t have interfered in our elections for Trump. You wanted a predictable partner you shouldn’t have worked to sabotage Hillary Clinton.
Again, they’re laughing-and hey, Trump’s handshake and poll numbers are funny. But they’re also nervous:
At the same time, Moscow’s media rejects such talk as McCarthyism, and points a finger at former President Barack Obama as a sinister figure using Russia as a means of undermining Trump.
“If Joe McCarthy were alive today he would easily recognize the witch hunt hysteria consuming Washington,” said Peter Lavelle, host of CrossTalk, which calls itself the flagship show of the Kremlin-funded English language network RT.
“Blaming Russia is targeting Donald Trump. The outcome of this is dangerously unclear,” Lavelle added.
“The show’s discussion treated as credible Trump’s unfounded accusation that Obama ordered a wiretap on him.”
“Obama’s influence has been a recurring theme. A recent segment on the Sunday news show Voskresnoe Vremya (“Times on Sunday”) was “punctuated with ominous music, [and] Obama was portrayed as a villain who might have said goodbye but, in fact, has never left Washington D.C. for his native Chicago,” according to a description in the Moscow Times.”
Bilateral relations are going to get a whole lot worse.
Meanwhile, under the heading ‘It’s so funny because it’s true.’
“These days, even when Russian commentators praise Trump, the compliment seems backhanded.”
“A CrossTalk discussion of Trump’s Tuesday address to Congress last week used terms reminiscent of Americans mocking Soviet authoritarianism.”
“If you recall how they were applauding Trump, I think 95 times they stood up,” said Edward Lozansky, president of the American University in Moscow. “Even during the Brezhnev time I don’t recall that the delegates to the party congress stood up and gave standing ovations 95 times.”
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