U.S. President Donald Trump will be holding a phone call today with Russian President Vladimir Putin and likely discuss the political situations in Syria and North Korea as the U.S. embarks on a more confrontational foreign policy in those regions.
Last month, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida as he authorized an air assault on a Syrian airbase housing several planes that are believed to have carried out chemical weapons attacks on Syrian civilians in the Idlib Province of Syria.
Russian President Putin continues to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite, whose Damascus government are believed to have launched several chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the 6 yr. civil war.
President Assad has forged close ties with Iran and Russia to preserve his grip in Syria.
The United States leads an international coalition that is waging attacks on ISIS in Syria at a time when the terrorist Islamist group has lost some ground in Syria but recently increased terror attacks on Coptic Egyptians in nearby Egypt and remains a regional threat.
President Trump admitted last month that relations between the U.S. and Russia “may be at all time low” despite his earlier campaign pledge to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously released reports and statements tying the hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election to the Russian government.
However, during a Sunday interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, President Trump appears to be shifting the blame related to election meddling attacks away from Russia to other possible international actors and sounds unconvinced with the conclusions from the U.S. intelligence community.
President Trump admitted, “if you don’t catch a hacker, OK, in the act, it’s very hard to say who did the hacking.”
“With that being said, I’ll go along with Russia. It could have been China. It could have been a lot of different groups. But it could have been” President Trump said.
Later in the interview, after he was reminded by CBS Face the Nation Host John Dickerson that there is widespread agreement across the U.S. intelligence community that directly ties the election hacking to Russia, President Trump said, “I’m O.K. with that.”
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