Trump Dismantling US Response To Russian Annexation Of Crimea | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


>>>2014, FIVE YEARS AGO, RUSSIA>>>2014, FIVE YEARS AGO, RUSSIA IS HOSTING THE WINTER OLYMPICS. IS HOSTING THE WINTER OLYMPICS. THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON RUSSIA AND SPECIFICALLY UPON RUSSIA AND SPECIFICALLY UPON PUTIN. PUTIN. PUTIN IS IN HIS GLORY. PUTIN IS IN HIS GLORY. BEFORE THE GAMES WERE OVER, BEFORE THE GAMES WERE OVER, RUSSIA AND PUTIN IN PARTICULAR RUSSIA AND PUTIN IN PARTICULAR GOT VERY EMBARRASSED. GOT VERY EMBARRASSED. A HUGE PRO-DEMOCRACY UPRISING A HUGE PRO-DEMOCRACY UPRISING TOOK OVER THE STREETS OF THE TOOK OVER THE STREETS OF THE CAPITAL CITY OF UKRAINE. CAPITAL CITY OF UKRAINE. RUSSIA HAD TAKEN CARE IN UKRAINE RUSSIA HAD TAKEN CARE IN UKRAINE TO PROP UP A PRO-PUTIN STRONGMAN TO PROP UP A PRO-PUTIN STRONGMAN AS THE LEADER OF THAT COUNTRY. AS THE LEADER OF THAT COUNTRY. HE EMPLOYED PAUL MANAFORT, HE EMPLOYED PAUL MANAFORT, DONALD TRUMP’S SOON TO BE DONALD TRUMP’S SOON TO BE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN AS HIS TOP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN AS HIS TOP POLITICAL ADVISER. POLITICAL ADVISER. IN 2014, IN THE FACE OF MASS IN 2014, IN THE FACE OF MASS PROTESTS BY UKRAINIANS DEMANDING PROTESTS BY UKRAINIANS DEMANDING THEIR COUNTRY BE A WESTERN THEIR COUNTRY BE A WESTERN FACING COUNTRY, IT INTEGRATE FACING COUNTRY, IT INTEGRATE WITH EUROPE, IT NO LONGER BE WITH EUROPE, IT NO LONGER BE CONTROLLED AS A CORRUPT OUTPOST CONTROLLED AS A CORRUPT OUTPOST OF RUSSIA AND THE KREMLIN, THAT OF RUSSIA AND THE KREMLIN, THAT PRO-PUTIN UKRAINIAN LEADER PRO-PUTIN UKRAINIAN LEADER INITIALLY RESPONDED BY KILLING INITIALLY RESPONDED BY KILLING LOTS OF CIVILIAN PROTESTERS. LOTS OF CIVILIAN PROTESTERS. THAT LOOKED JUST TERRIBLE THAT LOOKED JUST TERRIBLE ALONGSIDE THE OLYMPIC COVERAGE. ALONGSIDE THE OLYMPIC COVERAGE. DIDN’T IT? DIDN’T IT? ULTIMATELY, HE ENDED UP FLEEING. ULTIMATELY, HE ENDED UP FLEEING. HE FLED FIRST TO EASTERN UKRAINE HE FLED FIRST TO EASTERN UKRAINE AND THEN HE ULTIMATELY FLED TO AND THEN HE ULTIMATELY FLED TO MOSCOW. MOSCOW. THE PROTESTERS HAD WON. THE PROTESTERS HAD WON. UKRAINE WOULD TURN WEST AND UKRAINE WOULD TURN WEST AND START TO DISENTANGLE ITSELF FROM START TO DISENTANGLE ITSELF FROM THE KREMLIN. THE KREMLIN. OF COURSE, PUTIN WAS NOT HAVING OF COURSE, PUTIN WAS NOT HAVING IT. IT. ULTIMATELY, IN 2014, PUTIN WOULD ULTIMATELY, IN 2014, PUTIN WOULD CHOOSE TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, CHOOSE TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, THIS EMBARRASSING PROBLEM IN THIS EMBARRASSING PROBLEM IN UKRAINE WITH MILITARY ACTION. UKRAINE WITH MILITARY ACTION. INCLUDING JUST INVADING AND INCLUDING JUST INVADING AND SEIZING A BIG PORTION OF SEIZING A BIG PORTION OF UKRAINE. UKRAINE. CRIMEA. CRIMEA. FOR EUROPE, IT WAS THE FIRST USE FOR EUROPE, IT WAS THE FIRST USE OF MILITARY FORCE BY ONE COUNTRY OF MILITARY FORCE BY ONE COUNTRY TO MOVE BORDERS AND TAKE A PIECE TO MOVE BORDERS AND TAKE A PIECE OF ANOTHER COUNTRY SINCE WORLD OF ANOTHER COUNTRY SINCE WORLD WAR II. WAR II. IN ADDITION TO SEIZING CRIMEA IN ADDITION TO SEIZING CRIMEA AND MAKING IT PART OF RUSSIA, AND MAKING IT PART OF RUSSIA, RUSSIAN FORCES DUG IN FOR A LONG RUSSIAN FORCES DUG IN FOR A LONG WAR AND OCCUPATION IN OTHER WAR AND OCCUPATION IN OTHER PARTS OF UKRAINE. PARTS OF UKRAINE. WHILE RUSSIA THOUGHT THIS WAS WHILE RUSSIA THOUGHT THIS WAS ITS RIGHT AND UKRAINE WAS ITS TO ITS RIGHT AND UKRAINE WAS ITS TO TAKE IF IT WANTED TO, THAT’S NOT TAKE IF IT WANTED TO, THAT’S NOT HOW THE WORLD IS SUPPOSED TO HOW THE WORLD IS SUPPOSED TO WORK ANYMORE. WORK ANYMORE. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. A BIG DEPARTURE FROM THE WAY A BIG DEPARTURE FROM THE WAY COUNTRIES ARE SUPPOSED TO COUNTRIES ARE SUPPOSED TO INTERACT, PARTICULARLY COUNTRIES INTERACT, PARTICULARLY COUNTRIES IN EUROPE OR ON EUROPE’S IN EUROPE OR ON EUROPE’S BORDERS. BORDERS. THE INTERNATIONAL REACTION WAS THE INTERNATIONAL REACTION WAS SWIFT AND UNSETTLE AND VERY SWIFT AND UNSETTLE AND VERY SERIOUS. SERIOUS. A BUNCH OF THINGS HAPPENED TO A BUNCH OF THINGS HAPPENED TO RUSSIA IN RESPONSE TO THAT RUSSIA IN RESPONSE TO THAT BEHAVIOR BY THEM. BEHAVIOR BY THEM. BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL KEEPING BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL KEEPING CRIMEA AND BECAUSE THEY ARE CRIMEA AND BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL OCCUPYING AND WAGING WAR STILL OCCUPYING AND WAGING WAR INSIDE OTHER PARTS OF UKRAINE, INSIDE OTHER PARTS OF UKRAINE, THESE REPERCUSSIONS HAVEN’T THESE REPERCUSSIONS HAVEN’T ENED. ENED. IT’S IT’S IT’S BEEN A LONG FIVE YEARS MUCH IT’S BEEN A LONG FIVE YEARS MUCH WE ARE GETTING A CLEAR PICTURE WE ARE GETTING A CLEAR PICTURE IN THE U.S. ABOUT OUR OWN IN THE U.S. ABOUT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT THAT YOU CAN SEE VERY GOVERNMENT THAT YOU CAN SEE VERY CLEARLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CLEARLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MENU OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT MENU OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT WERE DONE TO RUSSIA, THE THINGS WERE DONE TO RUSSIA, THE THINGS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN TO THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN TO RUSSIA AS PUNISHMENT FOR THAT RUSSIA AS PUNISHMENT FOR THAT BEHAVIOR. BEHAVIOR. RUSSIA WAS SUBJECT TO RUSSIA WAS SUBJECT TO INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. THE OLIGARCHS HAD. THE OLIGARCHS HAD. THAT WAS ONE PART. THAT WAS ONE PART. ALSO, THE G-8 BECAME THE G-7. ALSO, THE G-8 BECAME THE G-7. RUSSIA AND PUTIN WERE KICKED OUT RUSSIA AND PUTIN WERE KICKED OUT OF THE GROUP OF THE WORLD’S MOST OF THE GROUP OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL COUNTRIES. INFLUENTIAL COUNTRIES. THAT WAS ONE PART OF IT. THAT WAS ONE PART OF IT. ALSO THE UNITED STATES STARTED ALSO THE UNITED STATES STARTED DIRECTLY PROVIDING LOTS OF AID, DIRECTLY PROVIDING LOTS OF AID, ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, TO ALLOW ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, TO ALLOW UKRAINE TO STAND UP AGAINST UKRAINE TO STAND UP AGAINST RUSSIA. RUSSIA. IN ADDITION TO THAT, A FOURTH IN ADDITION TO THAT, A FOURTH PILLAR OF THE RESPONSE TO WHAT PILLAR OF THE RESPONSE TO WHAT RUSSIA DID TO UKRAINE, IN LOTS RUSSIA DID TO UKRAINE, IN LOTS OF COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, THE U.S. OF COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, THE U.S. SET UP SOMETHING CALLED THE SET UP SOMETHING CALLED THE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED IT, IT WAS CALLED THE EUROPEAN IT, IT WAS CALLED THE EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. THEN CHANGED TO THE EUROPEAN THEN CHANGED TO THE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. THE BASIC IDEA WAS THE SAME. THE BASIC IDEA WAS THE SAME. TO REASSURE ALLIES OF OUR TO REASSURE ALLIES OF OUR COMMITMENT TO THEIR SECURITY AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR SECURITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AS A TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AS A NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE SHOW NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE SHOW OF SUPPORT TO OUR ALLIES WHO ARE OF SUPPORT TO OUR ALLIES WHO ARE NOW DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT NOW DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIA’S OCCUPATION OF CRCRIMEA. RUSSIA’S OCCUPATION OF CRCRIMEA. THE UNITED STATES STANDS BY ITS THE UNITED STATES STANDS BY ITS ALLIES AS THEY HAVE STOOD BY US. ALLIES AS THEY HAVE STOOD BY US. THAT’S HOW THE OBAMA THAT’S HOW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT NEW EUROPEAN REASSURANCE OR NEW EUROPEAN REASSURANCE OR EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. THOSE ARE FOUR BIG THINGS THE THOSE ARE FOUR BIG THINGS THE U.S. DID WITH THE INTERNATIONAL U.S. DID WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO PUNISH RUSSIA FOR COMMUNITY TO PUNISH RUSSIA FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, TO PUSH BACK THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, TO PUSH BACK AGAINST RUSSIA TO STOP THEM FROM AGAINST RUSSIA TO STOP THEM FROM DOING MORE, TO PRESSURE THEM TO DOING MORE, TO PRESSURE THEM TO REVERSE THEIR ACTIONS. REVERSE THEIR ACTIONS. SANCTIONS, KICKING THEM OUT OF SANCTIONS, KICKING THEM OUT OF THE G-8, AID TO UKRAINE AND THIS THE G-8, AID TO UKRAINE AND THIS EUROPEAN INITIATIVE. EUROPEAN INITIATIVE. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL FOUR OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL FOUR OF THOSE THINGS? THOSE THINGS? SANCTIONS, WE KNOW THAT THAT WAS SANCTIONS, WE KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE MAIN POINT AND THE BOTTOM THE MAIN POINT AND THE BOTTOM LINE OF ALL THE KNOWN LINE OF ALL THE KNOWN CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TRUMP CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND VARIOUS PEOPLE CAMPAIGN AND VARIOUS PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RUSSIAN ASSOCIATED WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT DURING THE 2016 GOVERNMENT DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. AT THE TIME THE RUSSIAN AT THE TIME THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WAS INTERVENING IN GOVERNMENT WAS INTERVENING IN THE U.S. ELECTION TO TRY TO HELP THE U.S. ELECTION TO TRY TO HELP TRUMP WIN, ALL THESE EMISSARIES TRUMP WIN, ALL THESE EMISSARIES FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WERE FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WERE IMPLORING PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH IMPLORING PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN THAT THE THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN THAT THE SANCTIONS ALL NEEDED TO GO. SANCTIONS ALL NEEDED TO GO. IT SORT OF LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU IT SORT OF LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE 2016 CAMPAIGN LOOK BACK AT THE 2016 CAMPAIGN THAT THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN A THAT THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN A RUSSIAN OPERATION TARGETING THE RUSSIAN OPERATION TARGETING THE SANCTIONS, BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT SANCTIONS, BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT THEY WENT TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN THEY WENT TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN ON OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THOSE CONNECTIONS. IN THOSE CONNECTIONS. SANCTIONS. SANCTIONS. WE HAVE SEEN THE TRUMP WE HAVE SEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRY TO UNILATERAL ADMINISTRATION TRY TO UNILATERAL UNILATERALLY LIFT SANCTIONS. UNILATERALLY LIFT SANCTIONS. WE HAVE SEEN TRUMP SLOW WALK WE HAVE SEEN TRUMP SLOW WALK OTHER SANCTIONS, EVEN THOUGH OTHER SANCTIONS, EVEN THOUGH CONGRESS HAS RESISTED HIM ON CONGRESS HAS RESISTED HIM ON THAT. THAT. THAT’S THE FIRST PILLAR, THAT’S THE FIRST PILLAR, SANCTIONS. SANCTIONS. THEN THERE’S THE SECOND PILLAR, THEN THERE’S THE SECOND PILLAR, RUSSIA KICKED OUT OF THE G-8. RUSSIA KICKED OUT OF THE G-8. LAST WEEK AT WHAT IS NOW THE G-7 LAST WEEK AT WHAT IS NOW THE G-7 SUMMIT, WE SAW PRESIDENT TRUMP SUMMIT, WE SAW PRESIDENT TRUMP REPEATEDLY ARGUING THAT RUSSIA REPEATEDLY ARGUING THAT RUSSIA OUGHT TO BE LET BACK IN. OUGHT TO BE LET BACK IN. IT SHOULD GO BACK TO BEING THE IT SHOULD GO BACK TO BEING THE G-8. G-8. HE MIGHT INVITE PUTIN HIMSELF. HE MIGHT INVITE PUTIN HIMSELF. THAT’S THE FIRST TWO PILLARS, THAT’S THE FIRST TWO PILLARS, SANCTIONS, G-8 BECOMING THE G-7. SANCTIONS, G-8 BECOMING THE G-7. THE THIRD ONE, AID TO UKRAINE. THE THIRD ONE, AID TO UKRAINE. LAST WEEK POLITICO HAD THE SCOOP LAST WEEK POLITICO HAD THE SCOOP ON THAT THIRD PILLAR OF THE ON THAT THIRD PILLAR OF THE RESPONSE TO WHAT RUSSIA DID, RESPONSE TO WHAT RUSSIA DID, WHICH IS AMERICA’S AID TO WHICH IS AMERICA’S AID TO UKRAINE. UKRAINE. POLITICO’S SCOOP, TRUMP HOLDS UP POLITICO’S SCOOP, TRUMP HOLDS UP UKRAINE MILITARY AID MEANT TO UKRAINE MILITARY AID MEANT TO CONFRONT RUSSIA. CONFRONT RUSSIA. U.S. MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE IS U.S. MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE IS SEEN AS A LITMUS TEST FOR HOW SEEN AS A LITMUS TEST FOR HOW STRONGLY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT STRONGLY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST MOSCOW. IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST MOSCOW. SCALING BACK THAT EXISTENCE SCALING BACK THAT EXISTENCE COULD EXPOSE TRUMP TO COULD EXPOSE TRUMP TO ALLEGATIONS HIS POLICIES ARE ALLEGATIONS HIS POLICIES ARE FAVORING MOSCOW. FAVORING MOSCOW. THE FUNS FOR UKRAINE CAN’T BE THE FUNS FOR UKRAINE CAN’T BE SPENT WHILE THEY ARE UNDER SPENT WHILE THEY ARE UNDER REVIEW. REVIEW. THE MONEY WILL EXPIRE SEPTEMBER THE MONEY WILL EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 30 IF IT IS NOT SPENT BY THEN. 30 IF IT IS NOT SPENT BY THEN. IF THAT UKRAINE ASSISTANCE ISN’T IF THAT UKRAINE ASSISTANCE ISN’T SPENT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, SPENT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, IT GOES AWAY. IT GOES AWAY. AS LONG AS IT’S UNDER REVIEW, IT AS LONG AS IT’S UNDER REVIEW, IT CAN’T BE SPENT. CAN’T BE SPENT. UKRAINE IS NO LONGER GOING TO UKRAINE IS NO LONGER GOING TO GET AID FROM THE UNITED STATES GET AID FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THAT’S THE THIRD THING THAT THAT’S THE THIRD THING THAT HAPPENED. HAPPENED. NOW THERE’S THIS FOURTH POINT. NOW THERE’S THIS FOURTH POINT. THE EUROPEAN REASSURANCE THE EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE, THE EUROPEAN DETER INITIATIVE, THE EUROPEAN DETER DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. THE LAST OF THE FOUR PILLARS. THE LAST OF THE FOUR PILLARS. TRUMP IS KICKING THAT OUT. TRUMP IS KICKING THAT OUT. THERE’S BEEN CONTROVERSY AND THERE’S BEEN CONTROVERSY AND CRITICISM OVER THE TRUMP CRITICISM OVER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCING THAT ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCING THAT IT TURNS OUT MEXICO WON’T PAY IT TURNS OUT MEXICO WON’T PAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WALL. FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WALL. THEY WILL RAID U.S. MILITARY THEY WILL RAID U.S. MILITARY FUNDS TO PAY FOR IT. FUNDS TO PAY FOR IT. THAT’S LED TO HEADLINES LIKE THAT’S LED TO HEADLINES LIKE THESE AS CITIES AND STATES ALL THESE AS CITIES AND STATES ALL OVER THE U.S. LEARN ABOUT WHAT’S OVER THE U.S. LEARN ABOUT WHAT’S BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM U.S. BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES AND U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES AND U.S. TROOPS TO INSTEAD BUILD TRUMP’S TROOPS TO INSTEAD BUILD TRUMP’S WALL. WALL. WHAT ABOUT MEXICO? WHAT ABOUT MEXICO? ASIDE FROM WHAT THEY ARE TAKING ASIDE FROM WHAT THEY ARE TAKING AWAY IN THE UNITED STATES, THEY AWAY IN THE UNITED STATES, THEY ARE ALSO TAKING AWAY MONEY FROM ARE ALSO TAKING AWAY MONEY FROM A VERY SPECIFIC LIST OF OVERSEAS A VERY SPECIFIC LIST OF OVERSEAS PROJECTS. PROJECTS. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THE TINY YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THE TINY LITTLE PRINT ON THE SPREADSHEET LITTLE PRINT ON THE SPREADSHEET THEY PUT OUT LISTING THE STUFF THEY PUT OUT LISTING THE STUFF THEY ARE CUTTING TO FUND THE THEY ARE CUTTING TO FUND THE WALL WITH THAT MONEY INSTEAD. WALL WITH THAT MONEY INSTEAD. THIS IS A WHITE HOUSE DECISION THIS IS A WHITE HOUSE DECISION ABOUT WHAT MONEY THEY’RE GOING ABOUT WHAT MONEY THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE FROM THE MILITARY, WHAT TO TAKE FROM THE MILITARY, WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DE-FUND IN THE THEY ARE GOING TO DE-FUND IN THE U.S. MILITARY SO TRUMP CAN HAVE U.S. MILITARY SO TRUMP CAN HAVE HIS WALL. HIS WALL. IT’S ITEMS AND COUNTRIES ALL IT’S ITEMS AND COUNTRIES ALL WITH TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND WITH TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND MILITARY ACRONYMS. MILITARY ACRONYMS. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, IF YOU GET IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, IF YOU GET OUT YOUR MAGNIFYING GLASS, OUT YOUR MAGNIFYING GLASS, THERE’S A TREND HERE. THERE’S A TREND HERE. SEE THIS? SEE THIS? SEE THAT FIRST INITIAL ERI, ERI, SEE THAT FIRST INITIAL ERI, ERI, EDI, EDI? EDI, EDI? A LOT OF THE ITEMS ABOUT STUFF A LOT OF THE ITEMS ABOUT STUFF THEY ARE CUTTING OVERSEAS START THEY ARE CUTTING OVERSEAS START WITH THIS AKCRONYMACRONYM. WITH THIS AKCRONYMACRONYM. EDI, EUROPEAN DETERRENCE EDI, EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. INITIATIVE. ERI, WHAT IT USED TO BE CALLED, ERI, WHAT IT USED TO BE CALLED, EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. 25 OF THE OVERSAERS SOVERSEAS PR 25 OF THE OVERSAERS SOVERSEAS PR DESIGNED BY THE OBAMA DESIGNED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND HAVE BEEN ADMINISTRATION AND HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED SINCE TO FORM A IMPLEMENTED SINCE TO FORM A BULWARK AGAINST RUSSIA TO HELP BULWARK AGAINST RUSSIA TO HELP OUR NATO ALLIES BE REASSURED WE OUR NATO ALLIES BE REASSURED WE HAVE THEIR BACK AND THAT WE WILL HAVE THEIR BACK AND THAT WE WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR CAPACITY HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR CAPACITY TO STAND UP AGAINST RUSSIA, TO STAND UP AGAINST RUSSIA, GIVEN WHAT RUSSIA HAS BEEN DOING GIVEN WHAT RUSSIA HAS BEEN DOING WITH ITS BAD BEHAVIOR IN THEIR WITH ITS BAD BEHAVIOR IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, INCLUDING INVADING NEIGHBORHOOD, INCLUDING INVADING OTHER COUNTRIES AND TAKING PARTS OTHER COUNTRIES AND TAKING PARTS OF THEM FOR ITSELF. OF THEM FOR ITSELF. THIS STUFF IS NOT LIKE BUILDING THIS STUFF IS NOT LIKE BUILDING BASEBALL FIELDS OR PAINTING BASEBALL FIELDS OR PAINTING SCARY FACES ON THE FRONT OF SCARY FACES ON THE FRONT OF FIGHTER PLANES, HOWEVER FIGHTER PLANES, HOWEVER IMPORTANT THOSE THINGS ARE. IMPORTANT THOSE THINGS ARE. THIS IS THE STUFF THAT THE THIS IS THE STUFF THAT THE MILITARY BRAGS ABOUT AS ITS MILITARY BRAGS ABOUT AS ITS SERIOUS DETERRENT MISSION SERIOUS DETERRENT MISSION ABROAD. ABROAD. THIS IS THE AIR FORCE TIMES THIS IS THE AIR FORCE TIMES TALKING ABOUT WHAT’S BEING TALKING ABOUT WHAT’S BEING FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. DETERRENCE INITIATIVE. IT WILL GO TO AIR BASE IT WILL GO TO AIR BASE IMPROVEMENTS IN EASTERN EUROPE, IMPROVEMENTS IN EASTERN EUROPE, INCLUDING A MUNITIONS STORAGE INCLUDING A MUNITIONS STORAGE FACILITY IN SLOWVAKIASLOVAKIA. FACILITY IN SLOWVAKIASLOVAKIA. THOSE ITEMS ARE ON THIS LIST OF THOSE ITEMS ARE ON THIS LIST OF THINGS THAT ARE NOW BEING CUT BY THINGS THAT ARE NOW BEING CUT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. HERE IS THE AIR FORCE CHIEF OF HERE IS THE AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF BRAGGING IN LIGHT OF THE STAFF BRAGGING IN LIGHT OF THE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE FUNDING. FUNDING. RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IS NOT RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IS NOT SIMPLE A MATTER TO UKRAINE, IT’S SIMPLE A MATTER TO UKRAINE, IT’S A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE STABILITY OF THE AND THE STABILITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER. INTERNATIONAL ORDER. WITH THIS EUROPEAN DETERRENCE WITH THIS EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE WE HAVE YOUR BACK. INITIATIVE WE HAVE YOUR BACK. THAT WAS EARLIER THIS YEAR. THAT WAS EARLIER THIS YEAR. NOW TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE IS NOW TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE IS CUTTING THOSE THINGS. CUTTING THOSE THINGS. HERE IS THE U.S. NAVAL HERE IS THE U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE. INSTITUTE. IN SPAIN, FOR EXAMPLE, $21.6 IN SPAIN, FOR EXAMPLE, $21.6 MILLION FOR PORT OPERATIONS MILLION FOR PORT OPERATIONS FACILITIES AS PART OF THE FACILITIES AS PART OF THE PENTAGON’S EUROPEAN DETERRENCE PENTAGON’S EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE, THAT IS BEING INITIATIVE, THAT IS BEING DETERRED — DEFERRED. DETERRED — DEFERRED. THAT BASE IS HOME TO FOUR U.S. THAT BASE IS HOME TO FOUR U.S. MISSILE DESTROYERS. MISSILE DESTROYERS. $66 MILLION IN FUNDS FOR P-8A $66 MILLION IN FUNDS FOR P-8A POSEIDON AIRFIELD UPGRADES, POSEIDON AIRFIELD UPGRADES, THAT’S BEING CUT TO PAY FOR THE THAT’S BEING CUT TO PAY FOR THE WALL. WALL. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES TRAINING FACILITIES AND TRAINING FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS FACILITIES IN IS OPERATIONS FACILITIES IN IS STONE YA STONE YA ESTONIA, AMMUNITION UPGRADES. ESTONIA, AMMUNITION UPGRADES. IT’S BEEN INTERESTING TO WATCH IT’S BEEN INTERESTING TO WATCH THIS PARTICULARLY IN LOCAL THIS PARTICULARLY IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS. NEWSPAPERS. THERE’S PEOPLE ALL OVER THE THERE’S PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO ARE STARTING TO GET COUNTRY WHO ARE STARTING TO GET MAD ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS MAD ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING MONEY FROM TO PAY FOR HIS TAKING MONEY FROM TO PAY FOR HIS WALL. WALL. DAY CARE SERVICES, THEY ARE DAY CARE SERVICES, THEY ARE DE-FUNDING THE DAY CARE CENTERAL DE-FUNDING THE DAY CARE CENTERAL AL AL AT ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. AT ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. THE OVERSEAS CUTS, THEY HAVE A THE OVERSEAS CUTS, THEY HAVE A SPECIFIC MESSAGE. SPECIFIC MESSAGE. TO RUSSIA. TO RUSSIA. THAT EVERYTHING, ALL FOUR OF THAT EVERYTHING, ALL FOUR OF THESE PILLARS THAT THE UNITED THESE PILLARS THAT THE UNITED STATES SET UP AS ITS RESPONSE TO STATES SET UP AS ITS RESPONSE TO RUSSIA FOR WHAT RUSSIA DID OVER RUSSIA FOR WHAT RUSSIA DID OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, TO RESPOND THE LAST FIVE YEARS, TO RESPOND TO THEM INVADING AND SEIZING TO THEM INVADING AND SEIZING ANOTHER PART OF A COUNTRY, ALL ANOTHER PART OF A COUNTRY, ALL OF THAT, THE SANCTIONS, KICKED OF THAT, THE SANCTIONS, KICKED OUT OF THE G-8, MILITARY AID TO OUT OF THE G-8, MILITARY AID TO THE COUNTRY THEY INVADED AND NOW THE COUNTRY THEY INVADED AND NOW OUR ASSISTANCE TO OUR NATO OUR ASSISTANCE TO OUR NATO ALLIES, ALL OF THAT, ONE, TWO, ALLIES, ALL OF THAT, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, ALL OF IT THREE, FOUR, ALL OF IT DISMANTLED BY THE TRUMP DISMANTLED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. DON’T WORRY. DON’T WORRY. RUSSIA IS BACK IN THE BOX, RUSSIA IS BACK IN THE BOX, WORRIED ABOUT FURTHER BAD WORRIED ABOUT FURTHER BAD BEHAVIOR AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN BEHAVIOR AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THEM, JUST AS SOON AS THEY TO THEM, JUST AS SOON AS THEY GET DONE WITH THE NEW ROUND OF GET DONE WITH THE NEW ROUND OF EXPLODEINGEING EXPERIMENTAL EXPLODEINGEING EXPERIMENTAL RADIOACTIVE ITEMS. RADIOACTIVE ITEMS. THEY WILL GET BACK TO BEING THE THEY WILL GET BACK TO BEING THE RESPONSIBLE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBLE INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN THAT DESERVES EVERYTHING CITIZEN THAT DESERVES EVERYTHING THEY ARE GETTING FROM PRESIDENT

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  1. Obama wasn't "outsmarted" by Putin. Trump was outsmarted by Putin. Trump is doing Russia's bidding, putting Russia's interest over America's, and he's not even trying to hide it. Republican leaders should be ashamed of themselves for enabling Trump's behavior and refusing to do what's right for this country.

  2. Comrade Trump-ski, Moscow Mitch, and all the other GOP Russian sympathizers need to be exposed for their on-going allegiance to their Puppet Master Putin. As Comrade Trump-ski continues to publicly lick the boots of Putin in sickening displays of national sadomasochism, one wonders what KOMPROMAT that the former KGB agent has on these GOP toadies. Golden Showers at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow? What about the Trump Towers being built in Moscow and Baku? Moscow Mitch and the GOP's receiving donations from a Russian oligarch who the GOP-controlled Congress recently lifted sanctions on?

  3. Trump, McConnell and every other Repub officeholder know what this is about. American voting demographics continue to disfavor Republicans. To win, they need help. Trump especially knows he won in 2016 due to Russian help. He kisses Putin's behind because he wants a repeat performance in 2020. McConnell knows, if Trump gets reelected, he will carry other Republicans into office with him. Expect a whole lot more behind kissing of Putin.

  4. Donald Trump's name will be synonymous with Benedict Arnold in future textbooks, a sitting president aiding and abetting an enemy country and abandoning long-standing allies is not making America great again. It's the total opposite. America was great before Trump and will be again after Trump. The question is; how much more damage can he inflict before we can get him and his lunatic fringe base out of office. He needs to go!

  5. This is ridiculous, there needs to be a new law that states any action taken by any state representative that leaves the U.S. or any of its allies susceptible to harm without objective proof the action taken is vital to preserving peace on a larger scale, should be tried for treason b/c this is what these actions are looking like more and more on a daily basis.

  6. Come now. The West pulled an Iran in Ukraine and thought they could create another client state, moving closer to Russia's borders. Perhaps eventually set up missile technology like in Poland and Romania. We should not be surprised that Russia responded.

  7. In 2020 make sure we get this Russian asset out of the White House along with all the Republicans they are all traitors to the American people, they are the communist party of America.Vote in 2020 Democrat Republicans don’t work for the people they just lie and say they do they’re deceiving lying bunch

  8. Nancy Pelosi and all Democrats heed this message impeach Donald Trump now before it totally destroys our country stop dragging your dinosaur legs you were there to defend the people of America do so

  9. It's no secret , never was … benedict trump has sold out AMERICA to putin . Remember Helsinki … don the KKKON put AMERICAN lives in putin hands!!!!! Any questions? … shouldn't be unless your doubts are that of russian value!!! IMPEACH and make America GRATEFUL again!

  10. I grew up during the Cold War and never thought I'd see the US surrender to Russia in such a petty way, with Trump becoming Putin's fat service dog. Strange times.

  11. I bet putin got a lot of dirt for trump about ratpubliKKKans. Let's flush down all the sh*tty GOP in 2020. The whole party needs to go down with trump.

  12. The people behind Tre45on are doing this. He has no Idea what EDI is, Much less EDR. You Vote him out, sure, but you gotta smoke them out too.

  13. Do trumps have a person to advise this trumps about suction? How come he can cut the military funds be taken for the walls. What's the house doing about this can they not stopped this cuts.?

  14. from all the confusion one thing is clear, this president is a russian asset, with a bit of luck he kills the GOP's election chances for two terms at least

  15. How dies this guy/girl still have a show?!?! I wonder how long it has been since he/she has actually told the truth????

  16. So when Mexico, sorry, the US, buys this wall, sorry, these "missles" from big boss Vlad, do you think that we will ever be informed by 'ol honest don? You think he will even let anyone else in our government know? You think big boss Vlad will then deliver, even if they are built?
    Oh sure…

  17. Love how Republicans continue to deny that Trump is a Russians asset. Why have we not seen his tax returns yet?! Why has Trump not been impeached yet?!?

  18. Donald Trump is probably laundry and all America's money to Russia like they did in Ukraine when I country ran out of money

  19. Article III, section 3 of the US constitution defines treason in part as adhering to the enemy or giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Like returning Russia to the G8 maybe? Or removing aid to the Ukraine maybe? Helsinki should have been a wake up call. Moscow Mitch is complicit.

  20. Why did Congress never investigate what Putin and trump talked about in Helsinki for two hours? Didn’t he have the interpreter tear the notes up?

  21. Why does this goose keep giving her viewers the dumb version of events in Ukraine? Go and do your own research on this and stop relying on the "Little Golden Books " fairy tale.Obama refused to sell arms to the Ukraine government and Trump did sell arms to them including missile systems for anti tank and anti aircraft defense. Trump also sent in technical advisers.The Obama Administration spent 5 billion dollars in the country to destabilize the government and now it has militias of armed neo Nazis roaming the countryside and has openly fascist members in the parliament. As for Crimea, it has a mostly Russian population as does Eastern Ukraine. The Black Sea Fleet operate out of Sevastopol, a port that they have used since 1783 and the waters are used for the fleet to get into the open ocean. The CIA has been trying to destabilize Ukraine for decades under the code name" operation aerodynamic" using a Ukrainian defector Mykola Lebed who is a war criminal and Nationalist.Since the fall of the Soviet Union NATO has signed up countries closer and closer to Russia and now you have Putin.Seems to me NATO actions have produced the exact opposite of what it was intended to do and only achieved a tougher Russian leader than was previously there, Not a surprising result from incompetent U.S foreign policy as witnessed in Iran, Vietnam, Libya and Syria.

  22. I have been telling you all along.
    Trump is working for Putin.
    He is destroying the United States, so that we will be in a state of weakness, when Russia's military decides to make its move.
    Remember who is paying Trump.
    Trump's loyalty is with Putin.

  23. another win for team putin, fake president pinocchio and moscow mitch are busy Making America GRU's Asset, repugnants!

  24. She has got to be kidding rachel sike listening to her is sickening she gest got caught lying to Avery body about the russia collusion hoax remember that flat out lying to Avery body so disgusting and desperate rateings are lower than Nickelodeon look it up your self whot a loser so pathetic turmp 2020

  25. I like the way they say Mr. Obama was a bad president, then what do you call that peice of crap in the white house, he's total trash, bought and sold by pootin.

  26. Trump the Traitor is systematically dismantling our military’s ability to fend off Russian aggression around the world. He’s giving Putin exactly what he wants.

    And yet the Republicans say nothing.

  27. Someone wrote ”according to the Mueller Report a sitting President can't be indicted but he can be when he leaves office”.STOP! The Mueller Report does not nor can it say ”a sitting President can't be indicted”- it says (and GET THIS IN YOUR BRAINS! CLEARLY!)- there i a policy that was written by an MSNBC contributor (SOMEONE WHO BLABS)

  28. That says a sitting President can’t be Indicted. It is a Policy and Mueller said I CHOSE!!To follow this policy! It is not in the Constitution, there is nothing that says Trump cant be indicted.Debate this in any way you want-“He cant defend himself- Muellers reason, its Congress job-Impeach then Indict! It does not matter the reason- it is only a policy. Indict him!

  29. MSNBC the new Infowars, right? Take a bunch of historical and current events, connect them together, throw in a ton of speculation, add some “sources” and you got your conspiracy theory viewers hooked.

    It only ends with Maddow being sued for liable and on the stand has to admit she is an entertainer and not a journalist.

    Sound familiar?

  30. Trump = TRAITOR!!! He is definitely Putin's lackey and the really sad thing he is too darn stupid to know it. Putin says one nice thing to him or even takes notice of him and old Joffrey Trump is stumbling all over himself to please the Russian dictator, oops I mean the Russian president, my bad.

  31. Low IQ Democrats party of slavery KKK Jim Crow planed parenthood 30 million black babies killed your all smarter than that do the research it’s their history do the research

  32. Rachel, for three years you got the Russiagate wrong! You should stop talking about Russia and concentrate on real news, like media incompetence with regards to reporting accurate news!

  33. Conservative Network One
    America News Network (OANN) has filed a $10multi million defamation lawsuit
    against the liberal, anti-American 46 years old, and mediocre, so-called
    commentator Rachel MADDOW, Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal and MSNBC in a California federal court,
    claiming this commentator “maliciously and recklessly” smeared the network as a
    Russian state propaganda outlet. The lawsuit tracks a series of longstanding
    grievances between OANN and Comcast, which Comcast refused to carry the right-wing
    network because OANN “counters the liberal politics of its own channel, MSNBC.”
    One week after that, OANN’s founder Charles Herring sent an open
    email to Comcast deriding their alleged “anti-competitive censorship.” Particularly
    at issue is Maddow's claim that OANN is “really literally is paid Russian
    propaganda.” OANN is claiming that the corporate entities and MADDOW knew the
    statement was false and maliciously when issuing the statement.

  34. Hundreds of thousands U.S.
    have reacted outraged against this mediocre indifferent so-called herself
    “commentator” who is using her obsessed hatred, insidiousness, evil and
    vileness to lied, slander, and attribute crimes to President Trump, his
    administration, its supporters, and even U.S. Citizens toward destroying the
    Republican Political Party and its supporters; therefore, this is on the
    hundreds of times that the mainstream media CNN, MSNBC affiliates and Rachel
    MADDOW have acted premeditated and wickedly have attacked to destroy U.S. and
    its Citizens using pre-fabricated lies to frame them, as Citizens Ron G. said:
    “MSNBC should have canned MADDOW long ago. All she ever does is attack citizens
    and the country! It is about time that the left leaning media is called out for
    their one sided reporting and in many cases flat out lies;” opinion which is
    corroborated by Citizen Melmark1 who stated: “NBC should be canned, then
    crushed and recycled into a REAL news station.”

  35. Thousands of U.S. Citizens are
    pointing CNN, MSNBC, its affiliates mainstream media, and the so-called “commentator”
    Rachel MADDOW as members of a Terrorist Organization because their insane
    obsession to destroy President Trump, its administration, U.S. and its
    Citizens, as Citizen NoComZone said: “MSNBC and others are known terrorist organization.
    They should be out law as such by the DOJ,” while Citizen Askjrskid said:  “This broadcaster and its employers have
    damaged our nation with their reckless, irresponsible reporting of made up
    news. The evening she illegally broadcast President Trump’s tax returns she
    should have been locked up. President Trump please sues these shams of news
    reporters. They are worse at gossiping than an old lady’s sewing circle with
    loose lips and absolutely no accountability.”

  36. Other hundreds of thousands U.S.
    Citizens are incredulous of “commentator” Rachel MADDOW real identity and
    gender, as Citizen Ralph Kramden said: “Fire Maddow. She is ugly, fat, stupid,
    a mental case, vicious, lies constantly, and is definitely NOT a reporter. Red
    flags her mangy face too. She is a danger to herself, others and all Americans,”

    comment extended by Citizens Mathew Molk who said: “She? You have any verification of that? From the way it looks
    it could be just about anything. Again, let's verify it is a "she".
    Don't want to be spreading fake news ourselves. – Mad cow could be just about
    anything,” while Citizen DrBarbara states: “I forget how many genders the loony
    liberals have now? About 75?” Citizen R1055 is more direct and said: “Rachel
    MADDOW is a member of the protected class of homosexuals OBAMA helped initiate
    into our society. Seems there are a lot of these "protected" people in the

    Media and in our congress, you know, people like Adam Schiff, Smallest, Don Lemon, Cooper, and Shep Smith.”

  37. and next lets talk about Crimea, it was old russian territory and most of population is/was ethnic russians who vote for to come part of russia again. so basically russia did take part of russia back witch they give a way after collapse of ussr. so people of Crimea dont have noting to say? and no im not ok with away russia didit but lets be real usa have part in action what take place after mayday protest. and why u guys dont never talk protest what did take place same time in east Ukraine at same time may 1 before russia start "aid" separatists or how over 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Simferopo.l this was the first time 1 May has proceeded with people waving Russian flags and shouting "Russian and Crimea together forever"

  38. How much evidence does anyone need to realize that Trump is Putins puppet? Trump is a traitor, coward, liar, thief, moron, draft dodger and human garbage! He is a disgrace….

  39. Not the first time they did it (RE: the statement that this happened for the first time since WWII that one country occupied other countries territories like this); everyone seems to forget about Georgia ! 20% of the territories belonging to Georgia for centuries has been occupied and remain occupied by Russia today, with russia moving borders deeper into the country without anyone in the world even mentioning Georgia. Shame on all who by keeping silence supporting Russia's move for reinstating "velikoruskay imeria"

  40. But you did the same with Israel…they invaded and took another country from people who lived there since biblical times….but that's ok according to you lot

  41. Wake up America you give your President TOO much power you have brought this upon yourself and it will not end well.You have a demented lunatic in power and still nothing is done,when will this end ?

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