Monday, August 01, 2016

Why Would Master Deal Maker Donald Trump Give Everything Away Before Negotiating with Putin?

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Donald Trump has devoted a great deal of time during his campaign to discussing the art of making a deal. He has excoriated the Obama administration for their handling of negotiations and final deal with Iran. Trump has emphasized his view that one ought to first apply tremendous pressure on the opposition before making a deal.

So why is it that Trump has surrendered the Crimea to Russia, abandoned NATO calling it "obsolete", threatened to give away the Baltics and Ukraine, changed the republican party platform to discount giving military aid to the Ukraine, and failed to criticize the Obama administration for allowing Russia to take Arctic territory? Why is it that Trump has handicapped any negotiations he may have with Putin so as to favor the Russian position, not the American position? Is Trump naive when it comes to making deals? Or, is Trump working for the Russians, not America?