Former China ambassador Jon Huntsman is the latest Russia hawk to join the Donald Trump Administration.
If confirmed by the Senate, Huntsman would succeed John F. Tefft as the American ambassador in Moscow.
Other appointments sure to trouble the Kremlin include Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster and the White House senior director for Europe and Russia, Fiona Hill. All have been critical of Vladimir Putin.
Was there anyone on Donald Trump’s campaign not talking to the Russians?
The latest news is that Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States in September, when he was serving as foreign-policy advisor on the presidential campaign.
We don’t know what the two discussed, but we do know that Sessions lied about the conversation taking place.
The Russian hacking scandal of the Democratic National Party continues; accusations that incoming President-elect Donald Trump is a Russian stooge are as steady as the drumbeat of yesteryear’s cries that Barack Obama was not really a citizen. The evidence behind the attack is still thin. Yet it is also irrelevant because it seems the incoming administration has concluded that an alliance with Moscow is just what America’s geopolitical doctor has ordered.
A Russo-Trump alliance is in the offing and it does make a lot of sense in the short term.
Alas for the international system, and for the United States, it’s a deal with the devil that will exact ever-higher tolls the longer it goes on. Read more “The Russo-Trump Alliance”
You can find excellent reporting elsewhere on the Democratic Party’s email leak and the ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin. Read this from Vice, for example, which argues that all the signs point to Russia being behind the leak. Or read this from Talking Points Memo on the connections between Trump’s operation and Vladimir Putin.
It’s tempting to put two and two together and imagine that the Russian government hacked into the Democrats’ emails and shared them with WikiLeaks in order to embarrass Hillary Clinton at the very moment her party is convened in Philadelphia to nominate her for the presidency.