Did Putin Just Summons Trump to the kremlin for New Marching Orders?

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Trump announced this week that he and Putin will meet soon to discuss the state of U S sanctions on Russia.

Given Trump’s reluctance to criticize Putin like he pounces on practically everyone else, the question must be asked:

Did Putin order President Trump to the Kremlin to discuss his next marching orders?

There are a number of things wrong with this meeting beyond the obvious fact that Trump initiated the call to congratulate Putin for a political victory that was as rigged as Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election.

First, there is no reason for an American president to prioritize a meeting with Russia over sanctions it imposed due to Russian interference in the country’s general election process.

The sanctions speak for themselves. If Russia want them lifted, they can do so by coming clean. Russia could voluntarily acknowledge their culpability. They could agree to refrain from such activity in the future. It does not take a summit to arrive at this course of action on the part of the Russian government.

Secondly, the most important issue for the Americans to discuss with the Russians in contemporary foreign relations is not sanctions imposed upon Russia, but Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Third, the next item on the agenda is the attack on citizens of the United Kingdom as a result of Russia’s attempt to murder a former Russian spy now living in the UK.

According to the White House, neither of the second or third prong listed above was explored during Trump’s telephone conversation with Putin. The White House said it was not the time to have such discussions with Putin.

Then why call Putin in the first place?

The most important issues bearing on the security of the U S is Russian interference in U S elections and the vicious attack on our close friends in the UK. In this technology age both events are acts of all out warfare.

Could it be that Putin is the straw that stirs the U S drink?

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com

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