Why Is Trump So Aligned With Putin?
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President Donald Trump made great effort in trying to get Russia back into the Group, to be among the G7. President Trump claims Russia was ejected from G8 because ‘Putin outsmarted Obama.’ But rest of the world understood it was due the Russian annexation of Crimea that Russia was disinvited in 2014, henceforth it is now G7 rather than G8. Please refer to the excerpt of The Group of Eight (G8) from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Group of Eight was an inter-governmental political forum from 1997 until 2014. It had formed from the Group of Seven after including the country of Russia, and resumed operating under that name after Russia was disinvited in 2014.
The forum originated with a 1975 summit hosted by France that brought together representatives of six governments: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, thus leading to the name Group of Six or G6. The summit came to be known as the Group of Seven, or G7, in 1976 with the addition of Canada. Russia with a huge financial and economic weight was added to the political forum from 1997, which the following year became known as the G8. In March 2014 Russia was suspended indefinitely following the annexation of Crimea, whereupon the political forum name reverted to G7. In 2017 Russia announced its permanent withdrawal from the G8. However, several representatives of G7 countries stated that they would be interested in Russia’s return to the group. The European Union was represented at the G8 since the 1980s as a “nonenumerated” participant, but originally could not host or chair summits. The 40th summit was the first time the European Union was able to host and chair a summit. Collectively, in 2012 the G8 nations comprised 50.1 percent of 2012 global nominal GDP and 40.9 percent of global GDP (PPP).
Morning Joe does a fact check and we also hear from Yamiche Alcindor about Trump’s tactics of deflection, in the video “Joe Scarborough: Trump Is ‘Actually Doing Vladimir Putin And Russia’s Bidding’, Morning Joe, MSNBC“, below:.
Former Pentagon Russia expert Evelyn Farkas joins MTP Daily to discuss Trump supporting Russia’s return to the G8 and the Pentagon’s missile test over the weekend, in the video “Full Farkas: ‘Russia Doesn’t Even Really Qualify To Be In The G8’, MTP Daily“, below:
The Wall Street Journal reports that several major banks, including Deutsche Bank, have turned over documents related to Russians who may have dealt with Trump, his family or his business to congressional investigators. Lawrence O’Donnell discusses what comes next in the investigations into Trump’s finances with Tim O’Brien and Berit Berger, in the video “Rpt: Banks Turn Over Documents On Russians Possibly Tied To Donald Trump, The Last Word, MSNBC“, below:
FBI Veteran Frank Figliuzzi reacts to Trump saying Russia should again be let back into the G7 making it into the G8, noting the close connection between Trump and Putin, in the video “Figliuzzi: Once Again, We’re Left Asking Why Trump’s So Aligned With Putin/The 11th Hour, MSNBC“, below:
Videos below have been recorded in January of 2019:
Max Boot, a columnist for the Washington Post, discusses with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin his article listing out 18 reasons why President Donald Trump could be a Russian asset, in the video “CNN analyst: 18 reasons why Trump may be a Russian asset“, below:
Questions remain about President Trump’s meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as about Trump’s broader ties to Russia. To analyze why the corresponding counterintelligence investigations are ‘unprecedented,’ Judy Woodruff sits down with Andrew Weiss, a former National Security Council staffer, and David Kris, previously the Justice Department’s top national security official, in the video “‘Plenty’ is still unknown about Trump’s interactions with Putin, says former NSC staffer“, below:
President Trump lashed out Monday after reports from The New York Times and the Washington Post raised questions about his interactions with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Rebecca Roiphe, a professor of law at New York Law School and former assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s office, joins CBSN’s Omar Villafranca to discuss the latest developments, in the video “Trump lashes out over Russia reports“, below:
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