SCOOP: Trump erupted at staffers after the US announced the expulsion of 60 Russian officials. He said they misled him about the size of the purge. The moment follows a pattern of his staff pushing tough Russia policies on him that he later fumes over
NEW: Trump reportedly raged at staffers when the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats was announced. He was so furious about the # of diplomats & about the U.S. being portrayed as taking a tough stance on Russia that he screamed expletives at WH officials.
This is a significant WAPO scoop. Must Read. Trump started swearing and yelling at staffers when he saw that the US was being portrayed as being the toughest on Russia with respect to the expulsion of Russian intel officers.
Trump erupted when it was announced that France and Germany were each expelling only 4 Russian officials while the U.S. was expelling 60; he was furious that his admin was being portrayed as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia, WaPo reports.
Trump complains to aides that Mueller probe hobbles his efforts to woo Putin. He says, per one adviser, “I can’t put on the charm...I’m not able to be president because of this witch hunt.”
This Post piece on Trump's battle with his aides over Russia policy really is a remarkable piece of journalism. Hopefully we will someday get an answer to the million dollar question that hangs over it -- why?
“The United States essentially has three Russia policies: the president’s, the executive branch’s and Congress’s.”
Remarkable story - Trump unaware of what his admin doing with regards to Russia, seeking not to ‘lead’ Response, consistent w/ Comey comments that Trump team not concerned about Russia threat in Jan 2017
Yes, the Trump administration has gotten tougher on Russia - by systematically duping President Trump about his administration's policies
What is up with and Putin? Consider this story in the context of Comey’s recollections and recent Tweets from Trump blaming poor relations with Moscow on Mueller, NOT egregious Russian aggression!🤔
Like Jeremy Corbyn, Trump refused to believe that Russia was responsible for Russian nerve gas attack on UK soil
"The president, who seemed to believe that other individual countries would largely equal the US, was furious that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia." -WaPo
A Scoop: Trump erupts at staffers who he said misled him about the scope of the 60 Russia expulsions. “Curse words. Lots of curse words.” w/ and
“We’re not taking the lead,” Trump instructed his national security team, saying he would only expel Russian diplomats and spies if Europeans took the lead.
"There we're curse words, a lot of curse words": Trump felt misled into expelling 60 Russian diplomats, thinking he was matching what Germany and France would each do, not Europe as a whole.
“Why are you asking me to [punish Russia for this]?” Trump didn’t even bother to disguise his true colors or Alex Jones conspiracy-oriented mindset on Russia when talking to Teresa May after the Skripal attack
Trump says "the fake news" doesn't want to talk about the fact that the US expelled 60 Russian diplomats--56 more than Germany--following Skripal poisoning. But he reportedly erupted when he learned that the US had expelled that many.
“I don’t care about the total!” the administration official recalled Trump screaming.
Trump just boasted about expelling 60 Russian diplomats, to suggest he is tough on Russia. Here's a story about how he berated his staff for doing that
NEW —> The inside story of how Trump has become a reluctant Russia hawk, battling his national security aides along the way. My latest with &
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost. This is a great story packed with details by , & .
Great story on how Trump expelled 60 #Russian diplomats by mistake: “The US essentially has three Russia policies: the president’s, the executive branch’s and Congress’s”
tfw you’re being blackmailed by an fsb pee tape
“The United States essentially has three Russia policies: the president’s, the executive branch’s and Congress’s.”
How a misunderstanding by a distracted president led to far more Russian expulsions than Trump wanted...
ICYMI. This story by goes a long way towards explaining how the Trump administration has been pushing hard line policies on Russia despite the president.
All those tough measures the US has enacted against Putin? Trump had to be persuaded. And even then, he wasn’t happy.
Wow, great reporting from WaPo on Trump’s real attitude toward Russia. Very troubling.
This is an important story, both because it shows T as still friendly toward Russia while his staff resists & because it shows how policy could change with a staff loyal to T: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Fascinating context on Trump's hawkish turn on Russia. Turns out he did NOT want to "go big" on PNGs of diplomats. By extrapolation, seems to me the sanctions on Kremlin cronies were likely downplayed by McMaster (on his way out) to get Trump's approval.
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
DJT looking more like a ceremonial head of state these days: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Trump “instinctually opposes many of the punitive measures pushed by his Cabinet that have crippled his ability to forge a close relationship with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.”
Trump’s rationalization here sounds like that guy who says he’s totally wants to get in shape but just never finds the right time to go to the gym.
"The United States essentially has three Russia policies: the president’s, the executive branch’s and Congress’s.”
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Policy disputes are normal. Some degree of incoherence is normal. This is just weird. And not normal.
When Trump found out he was expelling more Russian diplomats than EU countries, he was "furious" about being portrayed as taking the hardest line toward Moscow.
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Please transmit to Vladimir: after the investigation I will have more flexibility
The president truly seems loath to do anything that might make Vladimir Putin angry at him.
Trump, a reluctant hawk, furious that his administration was being portrayed in the media as taking by far the toughest stance on Russia.
Trump wanted to lead from behind on #Russia but his advisors took advantage of his lack of attention to detail
“For some reason” | “For some reason, when it comes to Russia, he doesn’t hear the praise,” a senior administration official said. “Politically speaking, the best thing for him to do is to be tough..On that one issue, he cannot hear the praise
A startling, sobering Monday read: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost h/t
Aides cite Trump's "contrarian personality & tendency to look for deeper conspiracies." Nicest thing you could say.
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost