The Resistance Reports
March 7, 2017
The GOP traditionally, is the “Keeper” of America’s national security interest, which for decades, have meant a cautious approach to Russia, especially in Putin’s time, from such events as Russia on Ukraine, Assad and Baltic. And during the Presidential primary, Trump crashed head-on with the GOP and one of this was on Putin’s Russia.
The division between Trump and GOP was taken cared of to a point with the Trump choosing Pence as VP, as Pence is holds most GOP philosophy and ideas strongly, including GOP’s view on Russia.
Yet after the election with Trump win, Pence have given a “Mixed Signal” on Putin’s Russia. At time appear hawkish, but at other times appear to be “Appeasing Trump.” Yet Putin and Trump bromance continues to cause GOP great pains. And the picture for GOP is complicated by the fact that much of the GOP supporters, are more positive towards Putin than ever before and then there is the investigation on Putin hacking the American election.
One of the planet’s most important national security meet, the Munich Security Conference, just took place. There, Pence gave Western Europe assurances that America stands with them. But reports out of the conference, from McCain are that Trump is a serious problem and news on Pence is that he has little power and have to toe the line with Trump.
Pence’s attempt, in fact, demonstrated the “Division” in Washington DC, casting doubt, over America’s commitment, as never before.
See the following news:
John McCaine Does Not Mince Words:
Republican Sen. John McCain, speaking in Germany at the Munich Security Conference, delivered a withering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech Friday that highlighted that the West is in grave danger, fractures within the GOP and lamented a shift in the United States and Europe away from the “universal values” that forged the Western alliance seven decades ago. McCain is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
Later on at the meet, Vice President Pence, gave an address that assured the America’s commitment to the Europe. However, to many analysis attending the meet, according news, just for the need to have an assurance statement from Prence, is enough to indicate that the West is in grave danger.
Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of NATO, calling the military pact obsolete, and sought instead to stoke a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Trump’s defense secretary, Jim Mattis, has accused Putin of wanting to break NATO.
ABC Reports (source)
McCain, who has openly quarreled with the president, said “more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.” The senator lamented the “hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims.” During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to stop Muslims from entering the U.S. and shortly after taking office issued an executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
McCain also said the alliance’s founders would be “alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies.” While bashing the news media for being dishonest, Trump has ignored facts and sought to blame others for his miscues. Trump tweeted Friday that the news media are “the enemy of the American people.”
The senator said he’s aware there is “profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership.” But he said that’s not the message they would hear from him or other American leaders “who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend.” Mattis had already addressed the conference. Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were are scheduled to give speeches.
BBC Reports (source)
The Munich Security Conference is at one and the same time an annual jamboree for senior officials and think-tankers and a place where former officials and corporate movers-and-shakers meet up.
But it also affords an opportunity for a whole series of behind the scenes bilateral meetings. And once every four years it is the place where Europe takes stock of a new US administration.
This year the meeting had added significance since the man in the White House, Donald Trump, is unlike any other president in living memory.
His supporters believe he is the man to overturn the “establishment” in Washington and to get things done.
His detractors believe he is unfit for high office, his erratic behaviour leading some even to question his mental state.
Remember this was a man who on the campaign trail described Nato as “obsolete” and who said that he would end the free ride that he believed many allies – especially in Europe – were taking at the American taxpayers’ expense.
So this encounter in Munich was an opportunity for Nato allies to weigh up the new Trump team and to try to gauge the new administration’s likely direction. Mr Trump sent his Vice-President Mike Pence to Munich to deliver a series of clearly worded messages.