For years, Democrats and their cable news echo chamber conjured up and broadly disseminated the most lurid and patently ludicrous rumors about former President Donald Trump being a corrupted and (literally) compromised agent of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. Democratic talking heads ultimately tried in vain to distance themselves from this sordid oeuvre’s most far-fetched talking points, such as the infamous “pee video kompromat” from the discredited Steele dossier. But for four years, Democrats’ unquenchable obsession with the “Russiagate” hoax pervaded, distorted and sullied our politics.
The irony is that Trump, on actual substantive merits, toed a very hawkish line on the Russian Federation. He shored up missile defense in Central and Eastern Europe, which the Obama administration had undermined as part of its ill-fated Russian “reset.” He repeatedly stood strongly with America’s ex-Iron Curtain allies, delivering a powerful, Reagan-esque 2017 foreign policy speech in Warsaw that was aimed squarely at Moscow. He unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from certain bilateral and multilateral accords — such as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — that buttressed Russia due to the simple fact that it did not comply and America did.
On Wednesday, roughly a week after German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Washington, D.C., the U.S. and Germany issued a joint statement signing off on the completion of Nord Stream 2. The Biden administration’s approval of Nord Stream 2 marks the culmination of a stunning about-face. Biden himself has often called Putin a “KGB thug.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted just last month that the administration “continues to believe that Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal for Europe.” State Department Spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday — literally one day before the Biden/Merkel joint statement — blasted the pipeline as a “Kremlin geopolitical project that is intended to expand Russia’s influence over Europe’s energy resources and to circumvent Ukraine.”
What could possibly explain such bizarre and counterproductive behavior? On the rhetorical front, Biden — now tottering in his political dotage — is not exactly known as a paragon of lucidity. And if a recent Politico report on Vice President Kamala Harris’ hellish office is any indication, the Biden administration more generally is a disjointed and fractious mess. In terms of selling out domestic natural gas producers and exporters — well, Biden and his political party have never much cared for them anyway.
The United States, of course, also loses. As does Democrats’ feigned and disingenuous moral high ground as a corrective counterweight to Trump’s purported pro-Russia dovishness.
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Master job creator is building back better all the time. You see why he had to steal the election—this dunce could not have gotten into the White House on intellect.
Joe called Putin a Thug,,,then got into bed with him,,,so I guess that makes Joe A blood sucking Bed BugThug. Get ready for another bug pandemic.
It was apparent to Vladimir Putin that Joe Biden wasn’t to be fooled with when negotating over the Nord stream pipe line because Putin already knew what the Hierarchy of the Marxist democrat parrties opinion was before dealing with their puppet. The leftist Green , Save The Planet, who told Biden just how he should deal with Russia and that was for him to agree to the pipeline deal. However, The puppeters were of a different mind when it came to America’s completing its pipe line, puppeters which contrrolled and told Blden what his thoughts were, however, on completing Americas own pipe line told old Joe,We’re all for ” Saving The planet, AND YOU WILL OBEY, Comrade..
So much for ‘america first’.
MORE LIKE AMERICA LAST!
Hey Pravda stations, who is the one colluding with the Russians? Answer: Trump never colluded with the Russians. It is Joe communist corrupt Biden. Secondly, since Biden ok’d the finish to the Nord Stream pipeline between Russia and Europe, isn’t the completion of the pipeline causing “global warming”? Why are you clowns in the media and why are you environmentalists silent?
AH, but since their REAL TARGET, trump is now out, THEY CARE NOT anymore, about the whole ‘russia collusion’ issue.
Putin gets the pipeline for free, but Hunter gets millions from Vlad for his paintings which makes his modern art smell more like a Kremilin fart and this Time the Russians do not even have to listen to a 3 hour Clinton prattle speech. If Joe is going to sell out America you would think THE PEOPLE, not The Bidens would get the proceeds from the sale. Joe has done much in the energy department to Make Russia Great Again,,,,MRGA should be his next campaign slogan.
I certainly wouldn’t be shocked, to find out China and russian oligarchs, are BUYING UP his ‘art’, as a way to pay them for their ‘services’ to the communist party.