One involves a Kremlin mouthpiece telling state-sponsored television that President Trump is worse than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
The deployment of new fighter jets to Europe and a shocking comparison from a Kremlin mouthpiece on state-sponsored television are just two more signs that U.S.-Russia relations are at a new low, as President Trump approaches his 100th day in office.
The Need to Know (NTK) Network has covered the weeks-long deterioration in U.S.-Russia relations, which has shocked Democrats and D.C. insiders. Both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have said in recent weeks that the relationship between the two countries is even worse than it was under President Obama.
As President Trump’s 13th week in office gets underway, here are two signs U.S.-Russia relations are headed for new lows this week.
#1: “STEALTH FIGHTERS” IN EUROPE
CNN reported on Monday morning that the Pentagon is deploying new F-35 stealth fighters to Europe as part of an Obama-era initiative to counter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe:
The US Air Force’s newest stealth fighters arrived in the UK over the weekend as part of the Pentagon’s effort to reassure European allies in the face of Russian aggression on the continent.
…The Air Force said the F-35s were deploying to support the European Reassurance Initiative, a multibillion dollar program started under President Obama in 2014 to show support for US allies after Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine.
The Trump administration’s willingness to contribute to anti-Russia effort is more proof he has not cozied up to Putin, as some Democrats predicted.
#2: TRUMP < KIM JONG-UN??
Russian state-sponsored television, which once puffed up Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton, has taken a sharp turn on the American president in recent weeks.
A provocative comparison from a Kremlin mouthpiece may be the most shocking volley yet:
In the latest sign of the Kremlin’s abrupt about-face on its erstwhile American hero, [Dmitry] Kiselyov [“the Kremlin’s top TV mouthpiece,”] pronounced Trump “more dangerous” than his North Korean counterpart. “Trump is more impulsive and unpredictable than Kim Jong Un,” he told viewers of his prime-time Sunday “Vesti Nedelyi” program, which earlier this year carried paeans to Trump for his pledge to warm up relations with Russia.
Where will U.S.-Russia relations go this week? It’s hard to tell, but those relations impact Europe, Syria, and, indeed, the whole world.
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