Posts tagged with "Russia President Vladimir Putin"

Before meeting with Putin, Trump clarifies, ‘Who’s your daddy?’

July 17, 2018

Who’s the best deal-maker and negotiator, bar none? During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump liked to say it was him, but, according to a July 16 report by Vox, the POTUS “gave away the game” even before his two-hour summit with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin began.

About four hours before the meeting in Helsinki, Finland, yesterday was set to start, President Trump took to Twitter, saying, “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!—referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible Trump campaign collusion during the 2016 election.

His point was obvious: America is to blame for its antagonistic relationship with the Kremlin, not Russia.  And 40 minutes before the meeting, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov responded to Trump’s tweet with two words: “We agree.”

That’s stunning, said Vox. Noting, “Trump and Russia are now—very publicly—on the same page about why they believe ties between the two countries are so poor. That could serve as a huge propaganda win for Russia, which has spent decades bashing the US for Moscow’s economic and political problems.”

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Putin challenges Trump’s tariffs

July 5, 2018

Russia has requested talks with the United States on President Donald Trump’s decision to impose new duties on steel and aluminum—the first step in formally challenging the action at the World Trade Organization. Indeed, the subject may come up at the July 16 summit  in Helsinki, Finland, already scheduled by Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

The complaint filed Monday is the seventh initiated by a WTO member against Trump’s new tariffs, following cases brought by China, India, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, and Norway, Politico reported on July 2.

Moscow’s move comes just as the Trump administration is mulling 25% tariffs on auto imports in the name of national security.

The U.S. imported $192 billion in new passenger vehicles in 2017, according to Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Russia claims the U.S. duties of 25% and 10% on imports of steel and aluminum products, respectively, are inconsistent with provisions of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and the Agreement on Safeguards, Politico said.

The Trump administration imposed the duties under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which allows a president to restrict imports to protect national security.

However, rather than accept the U.S. national security rationale for the steel and aluminum duties, other WTO members are treating the restrictions as emergency “safeguard” restrictions, Politico reported. Such restrictions are allowed under WTO rules but must meet certain criteria to pass muster. Steel safeguard restrictions imposed by former President George W. Bush in 2002 were struck down by the WTO.

The EU, Canada, Mexico, China and others also have retaliated against the U.S. steel and aluminum duties, arguing that they are entitled to take such steps because the United States did not compensate them for imposing safeguard restrictions.

On tariffs, 48%  of Americans disagree with President Trump’s imposition of new levies on steel and aluminum imports, while 36% agree, according to findings of a recent CBS News poll. When asked specifically about tariffs on Canadian imports, the number of Americans who disagree rises to 62%. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans approve of the Canadian tariffs.

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Putin coming to USA, but most wish he would stay away

April 3, 2018

A majority of Americans (68%) have an unfavorable opinion of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, based on findings of a poll by Pew Research released on March 26. Just 16% see Putin favorably, with more Republicans than Democrats holding that view.

But, however they may feel, Americans will be getting an up-close look at the Russian leader soon: One of his Putin’s aides announced on April 2 that U.S. President Donald Trump had invited him to the White House when they spoke by telephone on March 20. No date for the meeting has been announced.

One-quarter of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents (25%) said they had a favorable view of Putin overall, according to the researchers, who conducted the survey before the Russian leader’s re-election and Trump called him to congratulate him.

 Just 9% of Democrats and Democratic-leaners had a favorable view of Putin. About three-quarters of Democrats (76%), on the other hand, held an unfavorable view of the Russian president, compared with a smaller majority of Republicans (62%).

. The share of Republicans viewing him favorably more than doubled between 2015 and 2017, from 11% to 27%. Conversely, more Democrats viewed Putin unfavorably in 2017 (79%) than did so in 2015 (69%), but there has been little change since last year.

Other significant partisan shifts in views of Russia have taken place in recent years. For many years, Republicans and Democrats shared similar views about whether Russia posed a major threat to the United States. For example, as recently as April 2016, 46% of Republicans and 37% of Democrats said “tensions with Russia” were a major threat to U.S. well-being.

By January 2017, after the U.S. presidential election, Democrats had become far more likely than Republicans to view Russia as a threat – although views have changed little since then. Overall, 52% of Americans see Russia’s power and influence as a major threat.

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With release of top-security memo, Devin Nunes could be plotting his own downfall

February 5, 2018

Devin Nunes (R-22nd District, California), the 44-year-old chairman of the House Intelligence Committee—and the prime mover behind a memo released on February 2 that alleged misconduct by the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation—is going out on a political limb that may not support his arguments or his career.

Those are the findings of a Public Policy Polling canvass of 560 voters in the district, conducted on behalf of Nunes’s Democratic challenger Andrew Janz. Indeed, the poll indicated that voters are ready for a Democratic candidate in 2018—with 45% supporting a change in representation, in the wake of Nunes’s partisan actions.

At first glance, New York Magazine reported on February 1, you would assume that Nunes’s path to reelection would be practically unimpeded. Not only did he win his last election with 68% of the vote, but Republicans have a 43/33 registration advantage in the 22nd District, centered in the Republican-trending parts of Fresno and Tulare Counties.

However, the magazine said, “Nunes’s increasingly bizarre behavior is giving unlikely oxygen to … Janz, who created something of a buzz in December by erecting billboards showing the incumbent on a child leash (along with the president) held by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.”

Not only has Nunes skirted the strict instructions of the DOJ to distribute top-secret information broadly, but, according to the ranking member of his committee, Adam Schiff (D-28th District, California), he altered his classified memo before sharing it with the White House.

The memo is meant to drive a Republican-led movement in Congress that would accept nothing less than a purge of federal law enforcement officials in order to eliminate what Nunes characterizes as anti-Trump bias.

In a story in the Daily Kos, Janz said, “This poll shows what I knew to be true when I announced last April: Devin Nunes is vulnerable for a challenge this year due to his ethical missteps and complete dedication to protecting the president instead of serving the people of the Valley. I’m more determined than ever to retire him in 2018.

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