Trump And The Obama’s Legacy – By Michael Novakhov

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Trump And The Obama’s Legacy 

By Michael Novakhov

Trump is the Obama’s biggest and the most important legacy. The American people will be ready to fire Trump after he completes his mission of de-Obamafication, and their rage subsides, but not earlier, methinks. Not until his mission is accomplished. Such is this strange and weird political cycle.

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How could the degree of American people’s rage and anger at Obama and his administration be measured? Trump’s election is a pretty good measurement, regardless of all the other factors. And it is not so much “racial” and “biased” – these are very convenient foils and defenses, these rage and anger are directed at the past administration’s lack of competence and efficiency in many matters. The lack of forceful actions in Elections 2017 Interference, for whatever reasons, is just one of them. “It’s quite clear that that was not sufficient”, Ash Carter said. These rage and anger are the real and the most important roots of the Democrats’ defeat. To be objective, the lack of experience might be a putative sin of any new administration, including Trump’s.

Who ate whom for lunch, and with whom; and who did say or did not say what – seem to be our most pressing preoccupations, while Russia expands its spying network in the USA (150 operatives appears to be quite a modest assessment), and plans her next steps in her intelligence war with the West.

Trump or no Trump, their strategy on “a genetic level” is the same: to deceive, to steal, to dominate. This sounds familiar: tell me who is your friend, and I will tell you what your strategy is: from Roy Cohn to Trump to Putin: “Attack, attack, and attack! Lie, deceive, steal, and dominate more! And do it with a panache: the straight face, or better with some natural and sincere smile on it. D&D: Denial and Deception are the keys.” The old art of winning votes and influencing uncles.

On the related subject of Trump Investigation: Felix Sater agreed to sing. It remains to be heard if his performance will impress the public, and how sufficiently. The largely ignored by the media elephant in the room, the subject of the “Red Mafia“, starts to come to light. Mr. Mueller assembled the impressive “all-star legal team“, and showed as reported, the prosecutorial leanings in his selections. Hopefully, they will work. The whole story is so epical, so much the “crime of the century”, that it is imperative to extract the pure and unadulterated truth from it.

All these troubles do not deter the Rooster-In-Chief from wanting to team up with the Fox-In-Chief to guard his cyber henhouse. You might just as well hand to the Fox the keys from the Kingdom, the digital and otherwise. The joint US – Russian ““impenetrable” cybersecurity unit to combat election hacking”! What could be a better idea?!

No wonder, some young and impressionable, real nice sweet ladies feel the ominous shadow of Vlad The Impaler, somewhere here. That’s what is called a “smell test”.

While everyone is so feely-touchy however, Pence appears to be ready to fly up and to touch something big, too. Like in a song: “Oh, no, I am not afraid!” And also: “Come fly with me!”

7.9-10.17

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Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

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Special counsel submits his proposed budget, but won’t make it public

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, has submitted a proposed budget to the Justice Department. The department declined to make it public Friday, but a special counsel spokesman said officials would release expenditure reports later. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has turned in a proposed budget to the Justice Department, but officials declined to make the document public and committed only to releasing reports of the team’s expenditures every six months.

That means the public won’t get a window into how much money Mueller thinks he will need to spend, though he will provide information on what he is spending. The first report will come sometime after Sept. 30, said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office.

Mueller is less than two months into his investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, and his every move has come under scrutiny. President Trump has decried the probe as a “witch hunt,” and he and his supporters have raised questions about whether Mueller and his hires can be impartial.

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A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

Carr said Mueller has hired 16 lawyers to work with him. Together, the team is a formidable collection of legal talent with experience prosecuting national security, fraud and public corruption cases, arguing matters before the Supreme Court and assessing complicated legal questions.

Trump and his allies have pointed out that many are Democratic donors.

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Seven special counsel team members have donated to Democratic campaigns — five of those to Hillary Clinton’s — and their giving totals nearly $53,000, according to Federal Election Commission records. The others have not donated at all, the records show.

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The special counsel’s budget also could become a source of contention. Shortly before Mueller was appointed, Trump seemed to express disdain that tax dollars were being spent on the Russia investigation, writing on Twitter, “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” He will likely soon have specific dollar figures to pair with his tweets.

The regulation under which Mueller was appointed does not specifically detail how the special counsel must disclose expenses to the public. It requires only that Mueller “be provided all appropriate resources by the Department of Justice,” that he submit a proposed budget within his first 60 days and that he make a budget request 90 days before the start of the fiscal year.

When Patrick J. Fitzgerald, at the time a U.S. attorney, was appointed as special counsel to investigate the leak of the identity of CIA Officer Valerie Plame, the U.S. Government Accountability Office audited his expenditure statements every six months and released them publicly.

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Trump confronts Putin over Russian election meddling

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Friday that President Trump raised the issue of Russian election interference in a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump opened the more than two-hour meeting “by raising the concerns of the American people” about Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential race, according to Tillerson. Trump and Putin had a “robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” the secretary of state said.

As he has done in the past, Putin denied involvement in any meddling in the election.

Trump and Putin agreed, however, that the issue of election interference was a substantial hindrance in their ability to move the U.S.-Russia relationship forward. The two world leaders also agreed to work on further commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the United States and in the democratic process in the U.S. as well as in other countries.

There is “more work to be done in that regard,” Tillerson said.

The top U.S. diplomat spoke Friday at a press briefing after Trump held his first official meeting with Putin. Trump and Putin exchanged a warm handshake in a brief interlude with reporters and photographers before their meeting began.

“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks,” Trump told reporters before the meeting. “We’re going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening — for Russia, for the United States, and for everybody concerned. And it’s an honor to be with you.”

The two men were scheduled for a 30-minute meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, but ended up talking almost five times that long.

Beforehand, Putin mentioned that they have talked already a few times over the phone.

“But phone conversation is never enough,” he said through a translator. “If we want to have positive results in bilaterals and be able to resolve most acute international topics and issues, definitely we need personal meetings.

“And I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President, and I hope, as you have said, our meeting will yield positive results for Russia and the U.S.”

The two presidents were joined in the meeting by their translators and by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Tillerson.

Speaking from Hamburg on Russian state TV, Lavrov said Trump “heard President Putin’s clear statements that it’s not true the Russian leadership intervened in the election and that he accepts those statements.”

Tillerson told reporters that his interpretation of the exchange was that the two men agreed on the need to move past the issue of election interference. The secretary of state said the focus is now on how the U.S. secures a commitment that Russia has no intention of interfering in U.S. elections in the future — and how the Trump administration creates a framework to judge whether Russia is keeping that commitment.

Last month, Putin told international journalists in St. Petersburg that it’s possible that “patriotic” Russian hackers outside of his government might be trying to engage in cyber attacks against the world’s democracies. “I must stress, on a state level, we are never engaged into these kind of activity,” said Putin at the time, according to a media report.

The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded, however, that Russian intelligence services did interfere with “active measures” including cyber attacks, social media bots and other techniques — and that they did so at Putin’s direction.

The majority of the meeting, Tillerson said, was spent parsing out details of a cease-fire in southwest Syria that between the U.S. and Russia. Jordan and Israel are also part of the deal. A state-run news agency in Jordan reported that the cease-fire would go into effect on Sunday.

Putin and Trump also discussed the increasing threat posed by North Korea. Earlier this week, that country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which showed the theoretical potential to reach Alaska.

“I would say the Russians see (North Korea) a little differently than we do,” Tillerson said. “We’re going to continue those discussions and ask them to do more. Russia does have economic activity with North Korea. But, I would also hasten to add, Russia’s official policy is the same as ours: a denuclearized Korean peninsula.”

Friday’s warm meeting between the two leaders also came just a day after Trump spoke in Poland, a country known for its distaste for Russia, and reiterated America’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter.

“The United States has demonstrated not merely with words, but with its actions, that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment,” he said.

The statement would not have been newsworthy if not for Trump’s decision in May to omit a line in a speech that reaffirmed the U.S. commitment. That decision raised eyebrows especially in Eastern Europe, as Putin has shown in Ukraine and Crimea that he is intent on projecting Russia’s power and influence in Europe beyond his country’s borders.

While Friday’s meeting was the first time the two men have met since Trump became president, it’s unclear whether they’ve met in person before.

In an interview in 2013 with David Letterman, the Late Show host asked Trump whether he had met Putin before.

“I met him once,” Trump said.

But in 2016, Trump seemingly began to backtrack on that claim. In July, he told a CBS affiliate in Miami, “I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”

He reiterated that at a news conference that month, too.

“I never met Putin,” he said. “I don’t know who Putin is.”

CNN put together a list of 80 times Trump talked about the Russian president over the past four years, which gives insight into how his rhetoric has and hasn’t changed.

Compared with predecessor President Barack Obama, however, Trump has been noticeably warmer toward Russia. Whereas Obama once mentioned the threats posed by Ebola and “Russian aggression” in the same sentence back in 2014, Trump has repeatedly talked about wanting to improve relations with Russia.

On Friday, the two presidents hit it off immediately, Tillerson said.

“There was a clear positive chemistry between the two,” he added. “There was such a level of engagement and exchange, neither one of them wanted to stop.”

He said that at one point the first lady was even sent into the meeting to try to persuade them to finish up, but “that didn’t work either.” They continued talking for another hour.

That is good news for many Americans. According to a recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll, 46 percent of adults view Trump’s goal of improving relations as a mostly good thing, whereas 41 percent view it as a mostly bad thing.

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