Syria strike gives Trump anti-Kremlin credential
The strikes could burnish Trump’s defense against claims he is too close to Russia.
By Nahal Toosi
In Russia, they call it kozyrnut’. It means “to play a trump card.”
Donald Trump’s missile strike this week against the Russian-backed Syrian regime not only damaged its chemical weapons program, it also happened to give the U.S. president a useful political tool.
Now, whenever anyone accuses Trump of being too cozy with Russia, he can point to the strike against Syria as evidence that he’s willing to defy the Kremlin: Kozyrnut’.
The missile strike on a Syrian airbase came just days before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Moscow, and the implications could be wide-ranging for Trump’s relationship with Russia, which kept its push-back largely rhetorical.
The political side effect, meanwhile, could burnish Trump’s defense against claims he is too close to Russia amid ongoing federal probes into whether Moscow tried to swing the 2016 election his way.
“Many people have had concerns that Trump was going to be too soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin, but clearly the actions this week would alleviate some of those concerns, at least in the short term,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who previously worked for Sen. Marco Rubio, a Trump 2016 rival.
Now, for those of us in the REAL WORLD:
BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. Xi about while they were finishing dinner.
Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was “pro-Russia.”
Mr. Shen added that many Chinese were “thrilled” by the attack because it would probably result in the United States becoming further mired in the Middle East.
“If the United States gets trapped in Syria, how can Trump make America great again? As a result, China will be able to achieve its peaceful rise,” Mr. Shen said, using a term Beijing employs to characterize its growing power. “Even though we say we oppose the bombing, deep in our hearts we are happy.”
122 KNOWN Paths that have been documented….but, we’re supposed to be that a fraudulent bad attempt to Wag the Dog…
where the RUSSIANS were informed…BEFORE THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT and Congress….
where NOTHING of consequence was damaged…BECAUSE THE SYRIANS ARE BACK TO USING THE AIRBASE…
this waste of 50 missiles..
is supposed to prove some ‘independence’ from Russia?
We have an illegitimate Administration up to its eyeballs in hock to Russia and involved with Russia at every turn…
but, we’re supposed to be dumb enough to fall for the Okeydoke.
Don’t think so.
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