Which is better: the Trump-Putin meeting, or the Clinton-Kerry meeting?
Washington, DC—June 20, 2020—A week after Donald Trump announced he would be seeking the presidency, he announced a new foreign policy strategy, pledging to “end the cycle of warfare.”
The goal was to create “a new paradigm in international relations,” which he called “a paradigm of peace, security and prosperity.”
It sounded a lot like the rhetoric that the Soviet Union used in the Cold War, and indeed the Soviet government’s propaganda machines used in its propaganda campaigns throughout the years.
Trump’s policy blueprint was the product of years of debate between the former Soviet Union and the United States.
In a January 2018 speech to the Republican National Convention, President Vladimir Putin told the American people that the current geopolitical situation “was brought about by the policies of the U.S. administration and its allies.”
He warned of a possible “greater and perhaps irreversible conflict between the two nuclear powers, and the rise of an alliance between these two nuclear superpowers and their nuclear arsenals.”
The speech came just one day after Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned from the administration, citing the “inconsistencies” of Trump’s policies and “incompetence.”
In March, Flynn and a group of advisers, including retired Gen. Michael Flynn Jr., former Ambassador to Turkey and Deputy Secretary of State Michael McFaul, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting, which was widely interpreted as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In September, Flynn was fired by Trump, and in January, the president nominated former Senator Mike Pompeo to serve as his ambassador to the United Nations.
After the inauguration, Trump tweeted that he wanted to “reset” relations with Russia.
Trump then invited the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, to Washington for a meeting.
In March 2018, Flynn announced he had met with the Russian president.
In June, he said he did so because of the “fear of retaliation from the U.”
Trump met with Putin on March 30, and he and the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, held a meeting at Trump Tower in New York City.
On March 31, they met again in Trump Tower, this time in a hotel ballroom, where Trump asked the Russian President to help him “clean up the mess that we’ve made in the Middle East.”
This time, the meeting took place in a room with a wall decorated with posters of Russian politicians and celebrities, including a poster of Trump.
On April 5, 2018, Trump signed an executive order suspending visa-free travel for 90 days to the U, a decision that had been blocked by the courts.
On May 11, Trump’s national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was forced to resign amid revelations that he lied about the nature of their phone call, and later admitted that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the substance of their conversation.
Trump said at a campaign rally in Ohio that he was “very proud of Mike Pence for his cooperation” and “great guy,” but said “you know what, I was really angry that I got caught.
I think that was a very, very dishonest thing to do.”
He later apologized for his comments.
Trump also had a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on May 13, 2018.
At the time, Flynn had been the top official in the Trump transition team who had been accused of misleading Pence about his conversations with the ambassador, who has since been fired.
On the day that Flynn was to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump asked Russia to stop interfering in the presidential election.
Trump called the request “a violation of international law.”
On May 23, 2018 the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, which Trump had criticized in a tweet.
At that same hearing, FBI Director James Comey testified that he had been briefed on Trump’s demands by the intelligence community.
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Trump Jr. are pictured in a file photo released by the White House.
Trump is pictured with Russian President Vladmir Putin in Moscow in October 2017.
The Trump administration initially rejected Comey’s testimony that Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into Russia’s election interference, saying he was not truthful.
The president fired Comey in May.
On July 6, 2020, Trump announced that the FBI would be reopening its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump team.
The day after Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Comey publicly admitted to sharing his memos with the White