It has been alleged that the PEOTUS has been accused of treason for Praising Vladimir Putin’s reaction to the sanction by the current US President Barrack Obama.
The President-Elect of the U.S. Donald Trump found himself in a precarious position Thursday after President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its alleged efforts to interfere with the U.S. election…
and in an even more awkward spot when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded Friday by refraining from any reciprocal retaliatory action—apparently awaiting friendlier relations with the incoming administration.
But instead of standing with the current U.S. president, Trump decided to use his platform to praise the former K.G.B. official, who is believed to have personally orchestrated multiple acts of cyber-warfare against the country Trump will soon lead.
It’s shockingly direct praise from an incoming American president for a Russian leader who’s been accused by U.S. intelligence agencies and President Barack Obama of overseeing hacking efforts aimed at influencing the 2016 election.
On Friday afternoon, Trump did two things in response to Putin’s decision not to retaliate against U.S. diplomats in Russia. First, he tweeted a response celebrating the intelligence and praising Vladimir Putin the Russian president.
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart! ” the future leader of the free world wrote to his 18 million followers.
Second, after tweeting his pro-Kremlin missive, Trump pinned the tweet to his profile, ensuring it is the first thing seen by anyone viewing his account. It appears to be the first time Trump has ever used the feature.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Trump’s praise came after Obama announced that he would sanction Russian intelligence agencies and expel 35 suspected spies that the U.S. thinks were involved in the hacking effort.
Both the FBI and CIA agree that Russia used cyber attacks to try to tip the election toward the country’s preferred winner: Donald Trump.
Trump released a press statement in September where he was praising Vladimir Putin saying that Putin was a better leader than Obama. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to improve relations with Russia, and since the election has dismissed allegations that the former Soviet nation was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton campaign.
Most notably, in a press conference in July, Trump asked the Russian intelligence to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
“if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails, I hope they do. Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing.” Trump said
On Thursday, in the wake of Obama’s retaliatory measures against Russia, Trump issued a short, terse statement without ever saying the name of the country in question.
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” he said. That has put Trump in a difficult position with the G.O.P., which has historically been aligned against Russia but has recently found itself having to defend Trump’s perplexing compulsion to praise Putin at every turn.
As some on Twitter noted, Trump’s most recent burst of affection for the Russian autocrat is not likely to make things easier for his Republican allies on Capitol Hill, who are already faced with the unenviable task of confirming Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil C.E.O. Rex Tillerson, who has extensive business ties to Russia and a close personal relationship with Putin.
Putin has earlier awarded Tillerson with Russia’s Order of Friendship. ExxonMobil signed a contract for a joint venture with Russia’s state-owned oil company in 2011, and now holds drilling rights to 63.7 million acres in the country.