By now we all have learned how American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday to tell the world that the United States was going to be imposing a new round of sanctions against Russia for their involvement in the Syrian crisis.
Said Ambassador Haley:
“You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn’t already. And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons used. And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it.”
However, we also know, Mr. Trump put the brakes on this next round of sanctions which reportedly was agreed to by his Nation Security Council prior to our nation striking Syria for the chemical attacks deployed by the Syrian leader against his own people.
The problem was clear: how to deal with the nixed plan by Trump?
Enter stage right, Mr. Trump’s brand new National Economic Advisor, Mr. Larry Kudlow who yesterday tried to affix blame to Ambassador Haley stating:
“Haley, he added, “got ahead of the curve. She’s done a great job. She’s a very effective ambassador. There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”
Of course, this prompted a response from Ambassador Haley when appearing on Fox News rejecting Kudlow’s characterization when she states:
“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley told Fox News host Dana Perino. Perino read the quote on the air Tuesday as she discussed the fallout from Haley’s remarks about forthcoming sanctions that the White House later said were announced in error.”
According to the Associated Press, Kudlow called Haley to apologize for his remarks.
The sanctions would have punished Russian companies that “manufactured equipment used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government” in the government’s alleged chemical attacks, according to the Washington Post.
And Russia heard the threat loud and clear provoking a response from Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov. He told reporters, at the Kremlin:
“The sanctions were a U.S. ploy to oust Russia from international markets and constituted “undisguised attempts of unfair competition.”
Shortly after Haley’s announcement however, a senior official from the Trump administration contacted Russia telling them to “ignore the sanctions announcement” in effect throwing Haley under the bus.
Furthermore, the New York Times reports that Trump’s aides described him as angry over the announcement of the latest round of sanctions against Russia.
And worse? This is not the first time Mr. Trump has become angry over the topic of sanctions on Russia.
In April, while at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida Trump was persuaded to issue sanctions by his staff. The problem as reported by the Washington Post is that Mr. Trump was described as distracted as his aides briefed him on the matter.
Upon the administration’s announcement of sixty Russian diplomats being expelled by our nation, in response to what many believe to be a Russian chemical attack on a former spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, only to learn France and Germany expelled far less diplomats , Mr. Trump erupted.
Repeatedly, Mr. Trump seemingly adopts the posture of not doing anything to provoke Russia or the nation’s President, Vladimir Putin.
Despite his proclamation that “probably nobody has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump,” the evidence suggests otherwise.
With his own aides prepping him for his call to Putin after what many observers describe as a sham election, Trump was told in all caps by his staff to not congratulate the foreign leader. He did so anyhow.
What commenced as effusive praise for Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign, leading Mr. Trump to discuss the leader in positive tones and denials that he “knows him,” no less than eighty times, has led to wavering United States policy towards Russia, save one thing: “Donald Trump wants to get along with Russia and thinks it would be a good thing if we did.”
Watch the video below regarding Trump’s comment:
Republican strategist, and former McCain spokesperson chimed in on the latest sanction debacle regarding Nikki Haley, stating on Twitter:
“The first person to resign from this cancerous administration on principle will look back on that day the same way powerball winners look back on the moment they bought their golden ticket. Trump has made Haley look like a fool. If she stays it will be at the cost of her dignity.”
The GOP strategist added:
“Trump has shattered Nikki Haley’s credibility as irrevocably as he obliterated his moral authority after Charlottesville. Trump has humiliated her and she is at a fork in the road. Her choice is either to resign or take on the permanent stench of one more tainted factotum .”
With Democratic lawmakers voicing their concerns over Mr. Trump’s reversal of sanctions, we hear nearly nothing from Republican lawmakers.
Let me be clear: This is Republican hypocrisy regarding Mr. Trump’s appeasement of Russia. Yet, they continue to portray Trump as some kind of hero.
And, in case that doesn’t get your blood boiling, how about watching the video below to see how conservatives in this country treated the former President, this when he had a stable foreign policy and leaders around the globe respected America and Obama’s leadership.
Now, compare those findings to the way the global leaders view Mr. Trump.
Watch the video below:
Steve Schmidt is correct: Haley should resign before she loses her dignity.
Then again, it seems conservatives across this land have already lost their collective dignity by the double-standard they are applying to Mr. Trump and his appeasing approach towards all things Russia and Putin?
A social psychologist by day, political analyst and journalist by night, Dr. Mark Bear has built an established audience by printing facts, without click-bait, sensationalism, or hyperbole. He is married to his wife of 34 years, and both he and his wife, Susan, have a Schnauzer named Shadow. Follow along by connecting with Doc on Facebook or Twitter under the handle Dr. Progressive!