Trump’s team in disarray, Walnuts McCain tells Europe
Phil Stewart, Robin Emmott, Noah Barkin, Shadia Nasralla, Reuters, Feb 17 2017
MUNICH – Walnuts McCain broke with the reassuring message that Pindo boxtops visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the Trump administration was in “disarray.” Walnuts told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Faschingstein. Even as he praised Trump’s defense secretary, Walnuts declared:
I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they’ve got a lot of work to do. The president, I think, makes statements, on other occasions contradicts himself, so we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.
Trump is wrestling with a growing controversy at home about potential ties with Russia, which he dismissed on Thursday as a “ruse” and “scam” perpetrated by a hostile “news” media. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis made clear on Wednesday at NATO HQ in Brussels and on Thursday at the Munich security conference that Pindostan will not retreat from leadership over the European continent (my short reading – RB). Pindo VP Pence at the Munich conference on Saturday will say that Europe is an indispensable vassal for Pindostan (my short reading – RB). Mattis told a crowd that included more than 70 DMs and some heads of state:
Pres Trump came into office and has thrown now his full support to NATO. He too espouses NATO’s need to adapt to today’s strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable and relevant.
Mattis said that Pindostan and its Euro vassals had a shared understanding of the challenges ahead. Mattis has spoken out strongly against Russia while in Europe. In Brussels on Thursday, he said that he did not believe it would be possible to collaborate militarily with Moscow, at least for now. Austrian FM Sebastian Kurz told reporters:
There is still a lot of uncertainty. The big topic in Munich is looking to the USA to see which developments to expect next.
European intelligence agencies have warned that Russia is also seeking to destabilize governments and influence elections across Europe with cyber attacks, fake news and propaganda and by funding far-right political parties. British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said:
We should be under no illusions about the step-change in Russian behavior over the last couple of years, even after Crimea. We have seen a step-change in Russian military aggression but also in propaganda, in misinformation and a succession of persistent attacks on Western democracies, interference in a whole series of elections including Pindostan.
NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg held talks with Russian FM Lavrov in Munich, saying of the crisis in Ukraine merely:
We have different views.
Lithuanian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a false report of rape by German soldiers stationed there by NATO. ‘Mad Dog’ rallied to the defense of German forces when he spoke in Munich, saying:
I have great respect for Germany’s leadership in Europe, and for the ethical performance of your troops on the battlefield.
Walnuts acknowledged concern in Europe and beyond that Pindostan was “laying down the mantle of global leadership,” and cited global trends he found disturbing, including hardening resentment toward immigrants and an unwillingness to separate truth from lies. He urged the forum not to give up on Pindostan, saying:
Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count Pindostan out, and we should not count each other out.