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Putin Testing Trump? Can the West and Russia Resolve Their Grievances?


The Trump Administration may be steeped in controversial due to the provocative nature of Donald Trump, stiff resistance to an emerging public policy agenda, and staffing choices, but the President still has a job to do. Where the President’s domestic policy will be shaped by the President, his staff, the reaction of Congress, and public sentiment, he will enjoy a larger degree of independence when it comes to setting foreign policy.


Committing to the abandonment of free trade agreements and demanding US allies take a more equitable stake in their partnership with the US, Mr. Trump has already opened the floodgates to change and an extremely ambitious foreign policy agenda. Like his predecessors, he will, of course, have to deal with the issues that he has inherited. In terms of foreign policy and national security, frozen US-Russian relations tops the list of priorities.


Where Trump faces intense pressure to condemn the Putin government from within the US and America’s NATO allies, Mr. Putin appears to want Mr. Trump’s support for Russia. Putin is apparently willing to “reward” the US for cooperation on the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State under Trump, yet it also appears the Putin government intents to”punish” the Trump Administration for dissent as it did the Obama Administration.


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Putin Testing Trump? Can the West and Russia Resolve Their Grievances?


The Trump Administration may be steeped in controversial due to the provocative nature of Donald Trump, stiff resistance to an emerging public policy agenda, and staffing choices, but the President still has a job to do. Where the President’s domestic policy will be shaped by the President, his staff, the reaction of Congress, and public sentiment, he will enjoy a larger degree of independence when it comes to setting foreign policy.


Committing to the abandonment of free trade agreements and demanding US allies take a more equitable stake in their partnership with the US, Mr. Trump has already opened the floodgates to change and an extremely ambitious foreign policy agenda. Like his predecessors, he will, of course, have to deal with the issues that he has inherited. In terms of foreign policy and national security, frozen US-Russian relations tops the list of priorities.


Where Trump faces intense pressure to condemn the Putin government from within the US and America’s NATO allies, Mr. Putin appears to want Mr. Trump’s support for Russia. Putin is apparently willing to “reward” the US for cooperation on the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State under Trump, yet it also appears the Putin government intents to”punish” the Trump Administration for dissent as it did the Obama Administration.


Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/putin-testing-trump-can-the-west-and-russia-resolve-their-grievances 

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Putin Testing Trump? Can the West and Russia Resolve Their Grievances?


The Trump Administration may be steeped in controversial due to the provocative nature of Donald Trump, stiff resistance to an emerging public policy agenda, and staffing choices, but the President still has a job to do. Where the President’s domestic policy will be shaped by the President, his staff, the reaction of Congress, and public sentiment, he will enjoy a larger degree of independence when it comes to setting foreign policy.


Committing to the abandonment of free trade agreements and demanding US allies take a more equitable stake in their partnership with the US, Mr. Trump has already opened the floodgates to change and an extremely ambitious foreign policy agenda. Like his predecessors, he will, of course, have to deal with the issues that he has inherited. In terms of foreign policy and national security, frozen US-Russian relations tops the list of priorities.


Where Trump faces intense pressure to condemn the Putin government from within the US and America’s NATO allies, Mr. Putin appears to want Mr. Trump’s support for Russia. Putin is apparently willing to “reward” the US for cooperation on the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State under Trump, yet it also appears the Putin government intents to”punish” the Trump Administration for dissent as it did the Obama Administration.


Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/putin-testing-trump-can-the-west-and-russia-resolve-their-grievances 

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Putin Testing Trump? Can the West and Russia Resolve Their Grievances?


The Trump Administration may be steeped in controversial due to the provocative nature of Donald Trump, stiff resistance to an emerging public policy agenda, and staffing choices, but the President still has a job to do. Where the President’s domestic policy will be shaped by the President, his staff, the reaction of Congress, and public sentiment, he will enjoy a larger degree of independence when it comes to setting foreign policy.


Committing to the abandonment of free trade agreements and demanding US allies take a more equitable stake in their partnership with the US, Mr. Trump has already opened the floodgates to change and an extremely ambitious foreign policy agenda. Like his predecessors, he will, of course, have to deal with the issues that he has inherited. In terms of foreign policy and national security, frozen US-Russian relations tops the list of priorities.


Where Trump faces intense pressure to condemn the Putin government from within the US and America’s NATO allies, Mr. Putin appears to want Mr. Trump’s support for Russia. Putin is apparently willing to “reward” the US for cooperation on the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State under Trump, yet it also appears the Putin government intents to”punish” the Trump Administration for dissent as it did the Obama Administration.


Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/putin-testing-trump-can-the-west-and-russia-resolve-their-grievances 

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Putin Testing Trump? Can the West and Russia Resolve Their Grievances?


The Trump Administration may be steeped in controversial due to the provocative nature of Donald Trump, stiff resistance to an emerging public policy agenda, and staffing choices, but the President still has a job to do. Where the President’s domestic policy will be shaped by the President, his staff, the reaction of Congress, and public sentiment, he will enjoy a larger degree of independence when it comes to setting foreign policy.


Committing to the abandonment of free trade agreements and demanding US allies take a more equitable stake in their partnership with the US, Mr. Trump has already opened the floodgates to change and an extremely ambitious foreign policy agenda. Like his predecessors, he will, of course, have to deal with the issues that he has inherited. In terms of foreign policy and national security, frozen US-Russian relations tops the list of priorities.


Where Trump faces intense pressure to condemn the Putin government from within the US and America’s NATO allies, Mr. Putin appears to want Mr. Trump’s support for Russia. Putin is apparently willing to “reward” the US for cooperation on the Syrian Civil War and the Islamic State under Trump, yet it also appears the Putin government intents to”punish” the Trump Administration for dissent as it did the Obama Administration.


Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/putin-testing-trump-can-the-west-and-russia-resolve-their-grievances 

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Donald Trump, Republicans Commended: More Than Criticism Is Needed.

Donald Trump should be commended for firing National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn after it was revealed that he had improper contact with Russian officials and misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his dealings with Russian officials. Given Flynn’s forced resignation comes only weeks into his and Mr Trump’s tenure, the affair emboldens Trump critics and, most likely, undercuts confidence in the Trump Administration. On the other hand, the willingness to take action against discredited public officials like Flynn, who need removed from government, is very much needed. The willingness to fix a problem or a mistake, instead of burying it, is in short supply when it comes to politics.

Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/donald-trump-republicans-commended-more-than-criticism-is-needed 

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Donald Trump, Republicans Commended: More Than Criticism Is Needed.

Donald Trump should be commended for firing National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn after it was revealed that he had improper contact with Russian officials and misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his dealings with Russian officials. Given Flynn’s forced resignation comes only weeks into his and Mr Trump’s tenure, the affair emboldens Trump critics and, most likely, undercuts confidence in the Trump Administration. On the other hand, the willingness to take action against discredited public officials like Flynn, who need removed from government, is very much needed. The willingness to fix a problem or a mistake, instead of burying it, is in short supply when it comes to politics.

Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/donald-trump-republicans-commended-more-than-criticism-is-needed 

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Donald Trump, Republicans Commended: More Than Criticism Is Needed.

Donald Trump should be commended for firing National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn after it was revealed that he had improper contact with Russian officials and misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his dealings with Russian officials. Given Flynn’s forced resignation comes only weeks into his and Mr Trump’s tenure, the affair emboldens Trump critics and, most likely, undercuts confidence in the Trump Administration. On the other hand, the willingness to take action against discredited public officials like Flynn, who need removed from government, is very much needed. The willingness to fix a problem or a mistake, instead of burying it, is in short supply when it comes to politics.

Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/donald-trump-republicans-commended-more-than-criticism-is-needed 

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Donald Trump, Republicans Commended: More Than Criticism Is Needed.

Donald Trump should be commended for firing National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn after it was revealed that he had improper contact with Russian officials and misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his dealings with Russian officials. Given Flynn’s forced resignation comes only weeks into his and Mr Trump’s tenure, the affair emboldens Trump critics and, most likely, undercuts confidence in the Trump Administration. On the other hand, the willingness to take action against discredited public officials like Flynn, who need removed from government, is very much needed. The willingness to fix a problem or a mistake, instead of burying it, is in short supply when it comes to politics.

Continue reading at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/donald-trump-republicans-commended-more-than-criticism-is-needed 
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