25 August 2019

‘Trump harming US interests with flawed policies’

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US President Trump​ is oblivious about international relations and is harming American interests abroad with his unconventional approach to foreign policy, particularly towards Russia and China, an American political activist says. reports citing Press TV.

Trump said Tuesday he could have “a very good relationship” with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, even as the United States and many European nations have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats.

Trump made the comments as his administration raised the prospect of a White House meeting between the US and Russian presidents, even as the United States and many European nations have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Putin had “discussed a bilateral meeting in the ‘not-too-distant future’” during their most recent phone conversation last month, and that the White House was among “a number of potential venues.”

"The president of the United States should have a good relationship with Putin, or whoever is the leader of Russia, or China, or any other major power, whether allied or potential foe,” said Myles Hoenig, who ran for the US Congress in 2016 as a Green Party candidate.

“[But] this president doesn’t have a clue regarding international relations and would be played by one of the most savvy politicians in the world,” Hoenig said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

"There are many issues that the US and Russia should be collaborating on: ISIS (ISIL), Palestine, Syria, Ukraine, etc. Already Trump is allowing Putin to take the lead and is claiming a pull out of US forces in Syria. For many reasons, that would be good for peace as the US is the most belligerent nation on earth, to date,” he added.

“With the US being seen as a pariah nation in the Middle East by Palestinians, and yet a great supporter of the brutal regime of Saudi Arabia, any cooperation with Russia could certainly mitigate the extremes by the other brutal regime, Israel.”

In a show of solidarity with Britain, the Trump administration has expelled 60 Russian diplomatic officials it accused of being spies following the nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy in the UK.

Russia also expelled 60 American diplomats in a reciprocal move. Moscow has already retaliated in kind after London initially expelled 23 Russian diplomats.

The UK says the nerve agent Novichok had been used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, claiming only Russia had the capability, motive and intent to be behind the attack.

Moscow has vehemently denied any involvement, saying the substance could have originated from the countries studying Novichok, including the UK itself, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

2018.04.04 / 22:27
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