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Excerpt: "Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be 'ripped up' as one of the Trump administration's first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday."

Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)


Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would Be 'Ripped Up,' Whistle-Blower Says

By Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

06 December 17

 

ichael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday.

Mr. Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward, according to the whistle-blower. The account is the strongest evidence to date that the Trump administration wanted to end the sanctions immediately, and suggests that Mr. Flynn had a possible economic incentive for the United States to forge a closer relationship with Russia.

Mr. Flynn had worked on a business venture to partner with Russia to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East until June 2016, but remained close with the people involved afterward. On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was “good to go.”


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+1 # CDMR 2017-12-06 21:25
This would have been good. All of these sanctions are criminal. Now we know the motives of the russiagaters.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-07 07:24
Trump has been called Putin's Puppet because of all the favors he was supposed to want to give to Russia. Ending Obama's foolish and vengeful sanctions is just one example. But Russiagate has prevented Trump from doing anything beneficial for Putin or Russia. The new cold warriors are probably cheering at this.

Instead, we are seeing that Trump is really Netanyahoo's Puppet. The hard right wing in Israel is the real winner here. Trump is positioning the US for a major conflict with Iran and this is clearly on orders from Netanyahoo.

We need to replace Russiagate with Israelgate. Will someone call the New York Times and give them the news.
 
 
-2 # BetaTheta 2017-12-07 10:03
Rodion , you seem obsessed with distracting from the Russia situation. As I've said before, it is not just us, but many European countries and the private entities of Facebook, Twitter, and Google that have seen Russian meddling.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-12-07 13:53
Beta -- maybe you are right. I think the whole of "Russiagate" is the most important movement of this time. It is just the same as the 2002-03 propaganda blitz before the invasion of Iraq. The same agencies (CIA, NSA), the same people (neo-cons and right wing think tanks), and same media are pushing for the manufacturing of consent among americans for some really terrible changes in how our government works. This is not really about Trump. He is a throw-away.

I was similarly obsessed with the lies and brainwashing in the run up to the Iraq war. I saw instantly that the whole WMD story and the narrative about Saddam's plans to take over the middle east were lies. I knew too much about Iraq. So I worked day and night against that story.

We are now being similarly manipulated into supporting a new cold war against Russia. I am as against that as I was against the invasion of Iraq. This also means unelected people from the intel agencies, Deep State, and neo-con think tanks are setting American foreign policy against the interests of the American people. I'm against that.

The Demo party under Hillary is just tagging along for vengeance. I'm against that, too.

Journalism is being further destroyed. The major press (wapo, NYT, others) have become propaganda peddlers more than they ever were.

Changes are being made that the US will never recover from. Yes, I want to speak out against this. Facebook et al. are just trash sites. Why mention them?
 
 
0 # BetaTheta 2017-12-07 21:12
I too am dead set against a new Cold War, and have great affection for Russia itself and its people. But Putin is not Russia any more than Trump is America.
Like it or not, Putin and his cronies are pulling the strings these days and we ignore that interference at the peril of our own self-governance , such as it is.
 
 
0 # BetaTheta 2017-12-08 10:08
The fact that Facebook and Twitter are trash sites is exactly the point: trash dumped there filters out to millions of people. And we have seen thousands of false, incendiary examples coming from questionable sources.
 
 
0 # Saberoff 2017-12-07 23:57
Excerpt: "Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be 'ripped up' as one of the Trump administration' s first acts, according to an account by a whistle-blower made public on Wednesday."

Good! Sounds good to me. Shant we try'n play nice now?
 

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