President Trump strengthens the military profile of the National Security Council, bringing in Iraq war veteran and counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism expert General H.R. MacMaster to replace the recently ousted General Michael Flynn.
Russia’s recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.
The officials who leaked information from tapes of General Flynn’s conversations with Russian ambassador Kislyak to the media were almost certainly coming a serious federal felony. It is in President Trump’s interests in order to assert his control of the bureaucracy that he gets the Department of Justice to instruct the FBI to undertake a full leaks investigation.
The scandal that has ousted General Michael Flynn from the post of National Security Adviser is absurd and concocted. Though there were probably other reasons for his going – including his apparently poor performance in the post of National Security Adviser – his resignation is nonetheless a heavy blow for President Trump.