Donald Trump’s willingness to defend and support Russian president Vladimir Putin has been a source of deep concern for many Americans. This concern has only intensified with recent revelations that the FBI, House, and Senate are all investigating the ties between Trump, his aides, and Russia. Until recently, however, there have been few concrete examples of the Trump actually changing formal American policies to benefit Russia (though his administration’s insults to NATO and its members come close). That changed on Thursday, when Trump’s ambassador to the U.N. announced the U.S. was abandoning its opposition to the brutal regime of accused war criminal Bashar Assad – just as Russia had demanded.
As reported by Politico: “Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, declared Thursday that the Trump administration does not consider it a priority that Syrian President Bashar Assad be removed from power — overtly signaling a U.S. policy shift…”
“Haley’s comments, coupled with a vague statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, drew sharp criticism from Republican senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain and are sure to further deflate the hopes of Syrian opposition fighters trying to oust Assad. They also suggest President Donald Trump is still seeking ways to accommodate Russia, which has backed Assad militarily in a conflict estimated to have cost a half-million lives.”
Assad has been accused of murdering civilians and unleashing chemical weapons against women and children. But hey, if it supporting Assad makes Putin happy…