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Putin’s New Year’s Speech Designed As a Quicksand Trap For Trump

In his New Year speech, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin gave his congratulations to Donald Trump, but left out President Obama. This, of course, made Trump happy. But Putin’s calculated move has been seen as another sinister ploy to keep Trump on his side by tapping into the President-elect’s ego.

Putin also congratulated other world leaders and former world leaders, among them, former US Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.

Putin did, however, mention President Obama in a separate statement on Friday in regards to the sanctions against Russia. “It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner,” said Putin. “Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.”

After Putin decided to not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia, Trump went on to praise him on social media, tweeting that he was “very smart!”

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Putin said he’s is looking forward to Trump’s first day in office, and expressed hope that after Trump begins his presidency on January 20, the two countries, “acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level.”

Many, however (including me), fear Trump is leading the U.S. into a Russian Quicksand Trap.

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