During a riveting discussion about Russia’s conspiracy to help Trump win the election, The View‘s Joy Behar said that it was time for Trump to step down.
“It’s like they are discrediting the CIA, his campaign and he, the president-elect of this country, is discrediting the organization that basically protects us from foreign invasion,” Behar said. “Isn’t it time for him to step down?”
“I mean, he has to step down before the inauguration before they give him the nuclear codes. We are at risk when the president of the United States is fighting with the CIA. That is a terrible thing,” she opined.
Then their discussion turned to Trump’s choice for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He’s the CEO of Exxon Mobil – which means he’s part of another conspiracy. A conspiracy to destroy the world with global warming.
Tillerson also has business and political ties to Russia and Putin. That plays into liberals’ narrative of Trump’s “deep ties” to Moscow.
The CIA might be basing their report of Trump’s ties in Russia to this one image:
(No, this is not fake news. It’s called a joke.)
The thing is, President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton actually have a record of close business and political ties to Russia. Check this out from Peter Schweizer, the guy who wrote the book Clinton Cash:
Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and “commercial diplomacy” that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to “reset” relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.
Consider Skolkovo, an “innovation city” of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow, billed as Russia’s version of Silicon Valley—and a core piece of Mrs. Clinton’s quarterbacking of the Russian reset.
Following his 2009 visit to Moscow, President Obama announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state directed the American side, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the Russians. The stated goal at the time: “identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.”
The Kremlin committed $5 billion over three years to fund Skolkovo. Mrs. Clinton’s State Department worked aggressively to attract U.S. investment partners and helped the Russian State Investment Fund, Rusnano, identify American tech companies worthy of Russian investment. Rusnano, which a scientific adviser to President Vladimir Putin called “Putin’s child,” was created in 2007 and relies entirely on Russian state funding.
What could possibly go wrong?
Soon, dozens of U.S. tech firms, including top Clinton Foundation donors like Google, Intel and Cisco, made major financial contributions to Skolkovo, with Cisco committing a cool $1 billion. In May 2010, the State Department facilitated a Moscow visit by 22 of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital—and weeks later the first memorandums of understanding were signed by Skolkovo and American companies.
That one example in and of itself shows a pretty clear record of close business and political ties with Russia. You can also read about the Uranium One deal here.
Why is it okay for the President and the then-Secretary of State to have such close ties to Russia during their times in office, but it’s now a “concern” that Rex Tillerman might have similar ties?
Here’s Part II of The View‘s discussion:
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