Mongoose: Trump “Team” Out of Control on Russia

Cultural Intelligence, Government, Ineptitude

Trump administration | Conflicting views on Russia

Donald Trump, US President: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence – and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing really great things?”

James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense: “Strengthening our alliances requires […] living up to our treaty obligations. When America gives its work it must mean what it says.” (confirmation hearing) “There are a decreasing number of areas where we can co-operate, and an increasing number of areas in which we will have to confront Russia. […] The most important thing is that we recognise the reality of what we deal with, with Mr Putin, and we recognise that he is trying to break the North Atlantic Alliance.”

Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State: “Russia today poses a danger […] It has invaded Ukraine […] and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war. Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia.” (confirmation hearing)

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA: “[Russia] reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS.” (confirmation hearing)

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