Trump is sending his Secretary of State to meet with his Russian handler.

By |2019-05-11T05:46:19-08:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Courtesy of The Hill:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, the State Department announced Friday.

Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Putin and Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, in Sochi on May 14 to “discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges.” Before that, he will meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

“On May 13, he will arrive in Russia to meet with his team at U.S. Embassy Moscow before meeting with U.S. business leaders and U.S. exchange alumni. Secretary Pompeo will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

A senior State Department official told reporters later Friday that Pompeo and Russian officials would discuss several bilateral and global issues, including arms control, the situation in Ukraine, Venezuela, and North Korean denuclearization. Pompeo also plans to press Putin and Lavrov on the “challenges” in the bilateral relationship with Moscow, including Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Yeah, I am just going to assume that last part was thrown in to throw reporters off the trail. 

We now have Giuliani heading to Ukraine looking for dirt on Joe Biden, and Pompeo heading to Russia to have a face to face with the government leader who interfered in our last election to help his boss get elected. 

They can add as many state functions and side meetings that they want, but it seems clear to me that the real reason for this trip is that Trump is lining up these foreign governments to help him win reelection in 2020. 

And this time he is doing right out in the open, just begging somebody to try and stop him. 

P.S. It appears that Giuliani has canceled his trip to Ukraine, now suggests it was a trap. (Link.)

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9 Comments

  1. CRIMEa! May 11, 2019 at 6:36 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/top-trump-ally-mark-meadows-on-rudy-giulianis-ukraine-gambit-im-not-sure-about-that-one?ref=home

    ” “Mr. Giuliani going there, I don’t know if that actually will speed up any investigation that has already started.… I don’t know that he’s being helpful or hurtful. The investigation is going to go on at a pace that does not take into account his travel to Ukraine.” ““I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”
    “Adam Schiff (D-CA) said at an Axios event on Friday morning that the news “just takes your breath away.”

    “Imagine in an ordinary world, the lawyer of the president going to a foreign power and trying to encourage them to investigate the family of a political opponent,” said Schiff. “He said some people might think it’s improper. Arguably everyone thinks it’s improper. But that’s not stopping them.””

  2. aNOn May 11, 2019 at 6:56 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/giuliani-opened-himself-up-to-criminal-charges-by-engaging-with-the-ukraine-to-dig-up-dirt-on-biden-msnbc-panel/

    ““Joy, I think the reason Rudy canceled his trip here is … that his conduct was tantamount to a conspiracy and probably would have been an outright violation of the law,”
    “He said he was going to Ukraine to get them to engage in an investigation that would benefit Donald Trump. He was going over to make the offer for Ukraine to enter into a conspiracy with him. That would not have been difficult for prosecutors to prove even with that valuation issue.”

    ““By the president refusing to condemn this, he’s encouraging it,” “He is all but saying, ‘Russia, if you are listening, 2020 is coming up. We are going to need your help again.’ “

  3. $WamP Mon$tEr May 11, 2019 at 7:08 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/patrick-shanahan-secretary-of-defense-bolton-4f2035e60ea5/

    “If Shanahan is actually nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, he will be among the very few to hold the post while lacking military, foreign policy, government, and national security experience. Experts and veterans worry that this lack of experience means he will leave key policy discussions to National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom are considered to be among the more hawkish figures in the administration.”

    “Cruz says that he’s not convinced that Shanahan will bring the kind of oversight required to run the largest bureaucracy in the world.”
    ““The winner of the Shanahan nomination is [John] Bolton,” said Soltz. “And that takes the president to a far, far different place from the guy who ran for president saying he was gonna essentially get to the left of Hillary Clinton [who voted for the Iraq War] on foreign policy, which essentially won him white, middle-class voters,””

    “He has also reprogrammed $1 billion in department funds to help build roughly 60 miles of the president’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, while having little to say about it himself. As Cruz points out, Shanahan tends to let others “carry the water” for him.” “Cruz said, that “it’s still a bad look” to “let the fox into the henhouse.””

  4. OK May 11, 2019 at 7:27 am

    ““Then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) first injected this into the public bloodstream via the so-called “Nunes memo,” which raised questions about the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.” As Blake notes, former FBI counsel Jim Baker shot that theory down this past week.”

    ““Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) has called for investigating the origins of the probe,” Blake wrote, adding, “It’s a pretty predictable outcome of the Nunes memo. And it’s one that even some top Republicans predicted and clearly worried about.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/how-devin-nunes-suckered-republicans-into-believing-trump-is-the-victim-of-democratic-conspiracy-over-russia/

  5. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Jesus Christ, would someone send Donald Trump a pornstar just keep his mind occupied for 15 minutes and not Tweet more bs?

  6. anon May 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/11/i-fear-for-this-nation-malcolm-nance-warns-trump-will-steal-2020-using-more-foreign-help.html

    Trump’s team will try to steal the 2020 election using more help from foreign adversaries.
    “What Giuliani is saying by canceling his meeting is that he personally is not going to go out and do this,” “He will have other people go out … and find that information … and he will steal or impact this election in some way that will fundamentally break our electoral process.”

  7. Snowballs May 11, 2019 at 9:06 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/11/trump-berserk-more-than-60-retweets-twitter.html

    The commander-in-Thief went berserk on Saturday and spent another morning retweeting just about every Twitter post under the sun that complimented him or repeated his conspiracy theories. The retweet AVALANCHE : a symptom of Trump’s fear and instability
    If we know anything about Donald Trump, it’s that he makes it pretty obvious when something scares the HELL out of him. He’s afraid of the public seeing it. He doesn’t want the world to see what a business fraud and failure he is. ~IT~’$ pretty clear: Trump isn’t just unstable. He’s terrified.”

  8. anonymous May 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-tariff-taxes_n_5cd5c12ae4b054da4e891e11

    “The White House press office would not address Trump’s false claim that China is paying “billions and billions” of dollars into the U.S. Treasury.

    “We’re not going to get a good deal with China if we let Trump keep negotiating by impulse, tweet, and campaign rally one-liner,” said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for now-presidential candidate Biden, whom Trump attacked by name during his Friday morning tweet storm. “So far all Trump has delivered is a bigger trade deficit than when he took office, and more pain for American farmers and consumers.””

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