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Ukrainian leader’s visit to Trump was an epic FAILURE

Petro Poroshenko’s visit to Donald Trump was called a ‘drop in’ by the White House. It was in reality, more like a ‘drop out’.

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While many were wondering if somehow the beleaguered, bumbling war criminal leader of the Ukrainian regime Petro Poroshenko could some how convince Donald Trump to change his generally positive views about Russia, the truth is that the meeting could have been described as ‘useless’ before it even happened.

The truth of the matter is that Trump’s Russia policies will not be defined by ideology, it won’t be defined by the Russophobia of the fledgling regime in Kiev and it may not even be defined by Donald Trump’s own views.

In reality, Russia-US relations under the Trump administration will be defined by the result of the clash between Donald Trump’s pragmatic attitude to Russia which is tinged with a minor admiration for the fact that Russia is more functional than the US has been in recent years versus a deep-state apparatus along with a Democratic and Republican machine that are dead set against Washington having good relations with Russia.

Under Donald Trump, the US has slashed military aid to Kiev and as recently as May of 2017, has specified that what aid is still flowing into Kiev cannot be used for the overtly neo-Nazi Azov battalion.

READ MORE: US Congress ends funding for Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion

Even if Trump’s ‘project reconciliation’  with Russia totally fails and with Russia using its strongest words to condemn US aggression in Syria since the beginning of the conflict, this may be the reality, the machinations of Kiev will not push or pull this one way or another.

READ MORE: CONFIRMED: Russia now considers US aircrafts “targets”

Obama’s patently anti-Russian administration was more importantly an ideologically driven administration. Of course Obama’s henchmen and women were chasing money, but they did so with a distinctly ideological overtone that hardly ever worked in the interests of the long-term American purse.

Donald Trump by contrast generally sees foreign affairs practically though they are underlined by Trump’s instincts to associate profit with a good situation as well as Trump’s desire for personal prestige.

Saudi Arabia provided Trump with the money and prestige, while Israel treated Trump like some sort of messiah. Europe by contrast treated Trump with scorn and Trump scorned Europe back.

Ukraine can provide Trump with neither because it is incapable of doing do.

By contrast, any American President could provide Proshenko with prestidge but this is not what Poroshenko got.

According to the White House, Poroshenko’s visit was a ‘drop in visit’ rather than a more formal arranged meeting.

One can be assured the Prime Ministers of Britain or Japan wouldn’t ‘drop in’ to the White House. Sergey Lavrov himself certainly did not ‘drop in’, but this is what Poroshenko did.

Poroshenko of course called it a “substantial visit” which of course is true insofar as it is as substantial a visit with the President of the United States as he could realistically hope to get.

Poroshenko’s meetings with other US officials may have heartened him as they doubtlessly recited verbatim, the script from the Obama years, but the truth is that POTUS Trump simply doesn’t have very strong views on Ukraine and certainly does not see the violent Ukrainian regime as anything special.

The sparse comments Trump made after the meeting is a further testament to the fact that Kiev is not a priority for Trump.

Donald Trump who the day prior to Poroshenko’s visit Tweeted positively about his meeting with the President of Panama, posted nothing on Twitter about his meeting with Poroshenko.

Trump did however, post to Facebook the following video mocking Russiagate, a scandal tailor made for Poroshenko. Trump clearly was not convinced by the Ukrainian leader.

The fact of the matter is that when it comes to obstructing any possibility of good relations between the US and Russia, the US Congress and the deep state beyond that is far more effective than the lectures of an increasingly discombobulated Petro Poroshenko.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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