While the Washington press corps and the rest of the world was distracted last week by the antics of the Mooch, Spicey, and the Donald, Bill Browder, an American-born British banker, was relegated to the side stage of C-SPAN3. For the Senate Judiciary Committee and the hard-core cable audience, Browder laid out what NPR called “a terrifying and complex picture of Putin’s Russia.”
The Russian attempt to influence the 2016 American presidential election, using what intelligence agencies call “active measures,” has dominated U.S. headlines. There is, however, a second front in Russia’s effort to shape the hearts and minds of American citizens, and it’s received almost no attention in mainstream U.S. media outlets since the election.
After multiple claims from Western officials that Russia has interfered in national elections, Putin conceded that some “patriotic” people may have been pushed to “fight against those who speak badly about Russia.”
If Russia’s presidential election, which is scheduled for next year took place this week, Putin’s chances of beating all rivals in one fell swoop as he has in all three of his previous presidential bids, would be slim. Only 48 percent of Russians say they would cast a ballot for their current president if the elections were held now, a drop of five points since the last time Lavada carried out the poll in January 2016.
In the vote, 56 senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. Senate Democrats had tried, but failed, to delay the vote because of Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries and temporarily halting the entry of refugees. They said they wanted to ask Tillerson more questions about the issue after Trump signed the order.
“This began merely as an effort to show that American democracy is no more credible than Putin’s version is,” one of the officials said.
Meet K.T. McFarland, Trump’s pick for deputy national security adviser. She has advocated for war with Iran and misled about its nuclear program, expressed support for torture, and has made bizarre and incendiary statements about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Kremlin said on Thursday U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach was “phenomenally close” to that of President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday American politicians were whipping up hysteria about a mythical Russian threat in the U.S. presidential campaign as a ploy to distract voters from their own failings.
The parallels between the Kremlin’s strategy for spreading disinformation and Trump’s use of conservative media to spread lies are striking.
Michael Morrell, former acting CIA director, along with Michael Vickers, former undersecretary of defense, wrote in an open letter to Donald Trump in The Washington Post Saturday that he cannot “credibly credibly serve as commander in chief” if he embraces Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“If you are running to be leader of the free world and you find admiration for Putin, well, then, you’re losing me,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“Does it even matter who hacked this data?” Putin said. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.”
Can anybody doubt that Obama would defeat either leading Republican candidate—the Sideshow Barker and the Snake Charmer alike—in a landslide? Doubtless his increased popularity derives partly from the contrast.
President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of China and India on the opening day of talks in Paris to reach an international climate agreement.
Although he’s seen years of cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, ambassador John Tefft finds the current relation competitive, and difficult.