03/13/2018

7 Times Trump Has Been Tougher On Russia Than Obama

Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon

The media have gone out of their way to paint President Donald Trump as soft on Russia or a Putin "stooge." But if you don't suffer from selective amnesia of the Obama years, it won't surprise you that the previous administration bent over backwards to appease the Kremlin.

Obama never stopped displaying weakness toward Russia, from his "Russia Reset" to his "flexible" approach at his reelection. But hey, when he heard about "election hacking," he told Vladimir Putin to "cut it out."

The Kremlin was happy with the "positive spirit" of Obama's secret letter he sent to Moscow right after entering office. Then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev viewed the development of Russian-American relations as "exceptionally positive."

The media agreed.

"Better relations with Russia matter because Russia can be very helpful on a range of problems, like Afghanistan, that are high up on the Obama agenda," CBS News reported at the time.

"The Obama administration has been vocal about its desire to repair rifts between the U.S. and Russia," CBS News said.

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