For all of the talk of Russian collusion, the media continues to ignore one obvious fact of our current relations with the former leader of the Soviet Union.
Our relationship is more strained today than it has been at any time since the fall of communism, and that it includes when (Obama let) Russia was aggressively invading it’s neighbors in Ukraine.
What’s the difference between then and now?
Back then, our leaders were worried about angering the Russians, today, we have a leader who has decided to put the Russians on notice (just as he has the rest of the world).
In the wake of the Russian government’s brazen assassination of two former Russians on British soil, the United States and the world are taking harsh measures to send a message to the Kremin.
BREAKING: President Trump is ordering the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle “due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases.” https://t.co/hwL9QGsTGQ pic.twitter.com/ceTp1EBGg9
— CNN (@CNN) March 26, 2018
The United States and the European Union on Monday announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil allegedly orchestrated by the Kremlin.
The U.S. will dismiss 60 Russian diplomats identified by officials as intelligence officers, as well as close Russia’s Seattle consulate. European Council President Donald Tusk announced a coordinated response from 14 E.U. member states that would expel Russian diplomats and limit travel by other Russian nationals.
These steps, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on the condition of anonymity Monday morning, were intended to let the Russian government know that “when you attack our friends, you will face serious consequences.”
Russia will likely respond to these expulsions (and the closing of their embassy in Seattle) by expelling some Americans and perhaps even closing one of our embassy”s in Russia as well. However, they’ve got a lot more to deal with, so retaliating against us may be the last thing on their mind. In response to those assassinations on British soil at least 17 other nations were planning to condemn Russia and expel some of their citizens in the coming days.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says 18 countries have announced they are expelling more than 100 Russian intelligence officers in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy.
The U.S., Canada, Ukraine and 15 European nations have joined Britain in ordering out Russian diplomats who are accused of being spies working under diplomatic cover.
May told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the action is the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.”
The European Union wanted Russia to know that more such actions could be coming.
"Today 14 member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats" – @eucopresident Donald Tusk on co-ordinated action against Russia following Salisbury poisoning https://t.co/rN4CccSimk pic.twitter.com/qggaERAJFB
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 26, 2018
President Trump thought that Russia needed to be sent a clear signal. These types of actions against us or our allies (like the UK), would not be allowed to occur without a response.
Our allies, in particular, needed to know that when attacked by a foreign aggressor, the United States would be ready to stand with them… and now they know.
The media (and the Democrats) should be apologizing to our President for their unfair characterization of his relationship with the Russians, but of course, they’ll never admit that they were wrong. Instead of apologizing then, they should be willing to report now on the strength, fortitude, and character that the President has displayed in his efforts to protect our allies.
But they probably won’t do that either…
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