The Progressive Populist: Why is Trump Doing Putin’s Bidding?

The following is an excellent article written by Robert Reich on the Alternet website on June 1, 2017 titled “Robert Reich: 5 Ways Trump Could Be Doing Putin’s Bidding” which was published in the July 1-15, 2017 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 13 titled “Why Is Trump Doing Putin’s Bidding?” and I quote:

“Robert Reich: 5 Ways Trump Could Be Doing Putin’s Bidding”

If they struck a backroom deal, here’s what the president might have agreed to.

Robert Reich.
Photo Credit: Screen Capture / MoveOn via YouTube

Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. I’m not suggesting there was any such deal, mind you. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what did Trump agree to do?

1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn in your side – the alliance that both humiliates you and stymies your ambitions in the Baltics and elsewhere. Trump almost delivered on this last week by pointedly not reaffirming Article 5, which states that an attack on one NATO ally is an attack on all.

2. Antagonize Europe, especially Angela Merkel. She’s the strongest leader in the West other than Trump, and you’d love to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Germany. Your larger goal is for Europe to no longer depend on the United States, so you can increase Russia’s influence in Europe. Trump has almost delivered one on this, too. Now Merkel even says Europe can no longer depend on America.

3. Reject the Paris accord on the environment. This will anger America’s other allies around the world and produce a wave of anti-Americanism – all to your advantage. Nothing would satisfy you more than isolating the United States. Seems like Trump is about to deliver on this one, too.

4. Embark on a new era of protectionism. Or at least anti-trade rhetoric. This will threaten the West’s economic interdependence, and loosen America’s economic grip on the rest of the world. Trump is on the way to delivering on this one.

5. End the economic sanctions on Russia imposed after the annexation of Crimea and Russian backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine. No delivery on this as yet, but you understand why. Trump has got to cope with all the suspicion in the U.S. over the deal he made with you to win him the presidency. Once that dies down, he’ll end the sanctions. (In the meantime, he’ll hand back to you two diplomatic compounds that were taken by the U.S. in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.)

And what did you agree to do, Vlad? Not only help him win the presidency, but also shut up about it so he wouldn’t be impeached and then convicted of treason.

In other words – if you did do a deal – Trump is still in the process of delivering on his side of it, as are you. That’s the art of the deal.

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His latest book is “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.” His website is www.robertreich.org.”

(THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE AND YOU DO WONDER JUST HOW CHUMMY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WAS WITH COMMUNIST RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN.  THE ONLY WAY YOU’RE GOING TO FIND OUT THE ANSWER IS THOUGH, IS JUST HOW THOROUGH AN INVESTIGATION SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, ROBERT MUELLER DOES, PARTICULARLY SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED THE FBI DIRECTOR, JAMES COMEY, AS WELL AS THE COMMENTS COMEY MADE IN FRONT OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES WHERE IT SOUNDED LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS TRYING TO GET FBI DIRECTOR COMEY TO BACK OFF FROM THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION.  WE MUST HAVE ANSWERS BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT A COMMUNIST COUNTRY LIKE RUSSIA RUNNING OUR COUNTRY FOR THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNIST RUSSIA.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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