In his first post-election interview with The Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump thanked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for sending him a “beautiful” letter of congratulations and said that the two are scheduled to speak over the phone.
In the same interview Donald Trump hinted at withdrawing support for rebels in Syria, instead opting for cooperation with the country’s legitimate government under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. The Duran has recently reported on Syria’s readiness to work with a Trump-led United States.
Here is what President-elect Donald Trump had to say:
I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria.
My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria. Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.
On Saturday, Donald Trump also received Brexit’s architect and UKIP leader Nigel Farage at his Trump Tower residence. During what could be considered as Trump’s first meeting with a foreign politicians since becoming the President-elect of the United States, the two spoke of US-UK relations.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 12, 2016
While Nigel appears to be thrilled, Britain’s government is now facing a diplomatic crisis over the fact that the views of America’s next president are “in stark contrast” with those of Theresa May. The Telegraph is reporting the following:
Britain is facing a diplomatic crisis with the US over Donald Trump’s plans to forge an alliance with Vladimir Putin and bolster the Syrian regime.
In a significant foreign policy split, officials admitted that Britain will have some “very difficult” conversations with the President-elect in coming months over his approach to Russia.
The dramatic shift in US policy has prompted significant concern in the Foreign Office, and Britain will use the next three months before Mr Trump enters the White House to try to convince him of the importance of removing President Assad.
Just like the German Defense Minister, who recently warned Donald Trump to stay away from Russia, Britain’s high-level officials are likely to follow a similar tactic to try and convince Donald Trump that Russia and Syria are the bad guys in this world.
It is, however, very unlikely that Trump will take them seriously at least for one simple reason – these people, unlike Putin or Assad, always and publicly considered Trump to be nothing more than a joke, showing no respect and never anticipating that he would become the next president of the United States.
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