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Top 10 Signs That a U.S. President Is Actually a Russian Puppet

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Top 10 Signs That a U.S. President Is Actually a Russian Puppet

The recent developments following the CIA’s report that Russia interfered in the U.S, presidential elections to help elect Donald Trump over his democratic rival Hillary Clinton may sound like the stuff out of the Cold War fiction, but they are just too real to be ignored.

Donal Trump’s latest moves are sending disturbing signals that he’s empowering Vladimir Putin. But how can the ordinary citizen tell if the next U.S. president is actually working for the Kremlin?

Here are 10 ‘telltale signs’ that a U.S. president might be a Russian puppet, and how we might be able to swear in a “Comrade-in-Chief” next month:

1. U.S. intelligence concludes that the Russia helped put him in power.

In an unprecedented turn of events, the CIA disclosed a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

That’s usually a pretty strong giveaway right there. The CIA has never before accused the Kremlin of interfering in a U.S. election.

2. The new president sides with the Russia against the CIA.

Mr. Trump defended Russia while trashing American intelligence agencies.

Trump’s deplorable response to this news includes three classic spin techniques: shooting the messenger, by attacking the CIA; misdirection, by raising doubts about the CIA’s competence, namely the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when it didn’t; and begging the question, by implying we should now “move on.”

Neither is a serious argument. Indeed, if the CIA’s report is accurate, why on Earth would we “move on”?

3. He receives vast sums of money from mysterious Russians.

As Trump’s son Eric confessed: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

This even includes an astonishing $95 million that Trump personally received from a Russian billionaire during the 2008 collapse.

4. Concerned Intel officials call for his security clearance to be revoked.

After intelligence officials revealed on Saturday that the C.I.A. discovered conclusive evidence of Russia’s activities, confirming that the government of President Vladimir V. Putin was not just trying to undermine the election, but had also acted to tilt the election in Donald Trump’s favor, one intelligence official allegedly said that “Trump should have his security clearance revoked,” according to a source with knowledge of the case.

5. His election suddenly makes a lot of people rich in Moscow.

Before Trump’s election, Putin and his pals were nursing painful losses for several years. But no longer — Moscow stocks are back to their highest levels since the Ukrainian crisis.

Moscow’s RTS index surged 20%. Yes, really — from 973 to 1,148. It’s not just about the oil rally, either. The RTS’s increase is more than twice that of global energy stocks.

6. He wants to lift U.S. sanctions and end Russia’s global isolation.

Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian state has been subject to global sanctions since 2014, and for good reason. He’s destabilized Ukraine and annexed Crimea. The British government concluded he had “probably” assassinated a critic in London. He helped arm the people who blew up Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people.

Trump’s response? He praises Putin’s leadership, wants to “get along” with Russia, and hints strongly at ending those sanctions — something he can do by executive order.

7. He surrounds himself with known Russian agents and sympathizers.

Those include Carter Page and the menacing Paul Manafort. You’d imagine that a Kremlin agent in the White House would appoint a close friend of Russia — indeed, someone who actually won the Russian Order of Friendship award — as secretary of state.

Donald Trump just picked Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who is a Vladimir Putin’s close friend to lead State Department

No wonder one of Putin’s advisers is praising Trump’s “fantastic” team.

8. He repeatedly refuses to criticize Russia.

During the election campaign and since, Trump has had every opportunity and incentive to criticize Vladimir Putin. And each time, Trump failed despite being criticized for being too soft on Putin, or too friendly toward him, or even in Putin’s pocket. He just couldn’t criticize Putin. Not even for allegedly murdering journalists. I mean, how hard is that?

Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.

9. He immediately drives a wedge between the U.S. and Russia’s chief Asian rival, China.

What could make the Kremlin happier than a public feud between Washington and Beijing –for example, over Taiwan?

A full trade war between the two, including tariffs — that’s what!

Any conflict or tension between the U.S. and China, the world’s two biggest economic powers, is great news for Russia. It weakens China, hurts international unity against Russia and reduces America’s strategic options. Brilliant!

In retrospect, doesn’t it seem odd that so much of Trump’s campaign has been devoted to attacking China and demonizing the Chinese –and the Japanese– before the eyes of the American public?

10. He also undermines NATO.

The Russians have hated the NATO since Harry Truman set it up in 1949 to stop the Soviet Union’s expansion of its European sphere of influence. They’re especially furious about the Western alliance’s expansion into Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Many in Russia consider the Baltic states to be traditional subjects of the “Russian empire.”

Trump’s comments undermining NATO, and particularly its commitment to the Baltic states, has long been the stuff of fantasy to Putin’s Kremlin.

It tells you a lot that the Lithuanian government recently started handing out instructions to its citizens on how to cope if Russian tanks roll back in.

So I must ask: How many more obvious giveaways do we need to see?

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