Protocol is allowed by the media for Saint Obama but not for the devil they make Donald Trump out to be

“DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Vladimir Putin—Unless You Happen to be Saint Barack

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“DO NOT CONGRATULATE”  Vladimir Putin—Unless You Happen to  be  Saint Barack
Why is it that when the Washington Post is caught with its houndstooth pants down, the Mainstream and Social Media are always found looking pointedly the other way?

The WaPo’s “LEAD” story going viral today makes it seem that Donald Trump was the first—and only—president to ever congratulate Vladimir Putin on an election victory when, in point of fact, former president Barack Obama did the same thing, only in a much more gushing way:

“One of the most startling leaks — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and rattled. The Washington Post reports in its lead story:  (Axios, Mar. 21, 2018)


“Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers [yesterday] when he congratulated ... Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE.’”

Wow, the president ignoring national security adviser warnings in ALL-CAPITAL LETTERS is the latest WaPo scoop!

So why does President Trump congratulating Putin matter?

Because the know-it-alls over at WaPo say it matters:

“Why it matters: The speed and sensitivity of the leak prompted immediate finger-pointing within the administration, as aides reeled from a leak that could only have come from a small group of people, each of whom is trusted with sensitive national secrets. (Axios)

So what else is new?

“Possible motives include concern about how Trump is handling Putin, frustration by the officials about Trump ignoring their advice, or internal power games. (Axios)

“A White House official, furious about the WaPo story: “This is the way Trump is. If he’s doing business with you or working with you in some way, he’s going to congratulate you.”


But he’s not allowed to congratulate or offer anything else positive in a constantly grousing Democrat-run media.

A “White House official” these days could be anyone refusing to admit to former White House status such as John Kerry or Samantha Powers.

But neither Kerry nor Powers would ever have said what this official pointed out:

“The idea he’s being soft on Russia is crap. He approved Javelin missiles to Ukraine, closed the consulate in San Francisco, approved the sanctions. ... But ... he doesn’t want his personal relationship [with Putin] to be acrimonious.” (Axios)

In a hate-fuelled world, how dare the president not want any of his relationships with foreign leaders to not be “acrimonious”?

Trump’s view is there’s a lot of business to be done, and overlapping interests, and if the relationship between the two countries “is to rebuilt, (sic) the line has to be through the personal, leader-to-leader level.” (Axios)

“Trump had nonchalantly disclosed his message to Putin, while speaking to reporters during an Oval Office appearance with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump told reporters: “I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on ... his electoral victory.”

“We had a very good call, and I suspect that we’ll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control — but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have. And also to discuss Ukraine and Syria and North Korea and various other things.”

“So I think, probably, we’ll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future.”

Why it matters, from the WashPost: “The president’s conversation with Putin ... prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone toward one of the United States’ biggest geopolitical rivals amid the special counsel investigation.”


In Obama’s case he had to be caught via an unsuspected open mic telling President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” after his 2012 reelection.

Nor was there anything even remotely “nonchalant” when Obama officially endorsed the return of Russian past and future President Vladimir Putin back in 2012.

“President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election,” the White House said in a late Friday afternoon statement (read: news dump) about the Friday morning phone call between the two leaders.  (Foreign Policy, Mar. 9, 2012)

“President Obama highlighted achievements in U.S.-Russia relations over the past three years with President Medvedev, including cooperation on Afghanistan, the conclusion and ratification of the START agreement, Russia’s recent invitation to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cooperation on Iran,” the statement read. “President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed that the successful reset in relations should be built upon during the coming years.”

“Obama told Putin he looked forward to Putin’s May visit to Camp David for the G-8 summit and the two talked about how they could benefit economically from Russia’s joining the WTO, the statement explained.

That could be a reference to administration efforts to get Congress to repeal the 1974 Jackson-Vanik law that prevents the U.S. from giving Russia permanent normal trade status. Some in Congress are resisting that because of Russia’s deteriorating record on democracy, rule of law, and human rights.

At the end of the statement, the White House mentioned the crisis in Syria, in which the Russian government is arming the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue discussions on areas where the United States and Russia have differed, including Syria and missile defense,” the statement read. “President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue their efforts to find common ground and remove obstacles to better relations.”

Meanwhile, what’s good for the goose is never as good for the gander if you’re talking Donald Trump.

National Security advisors only warned him “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in capital letters but the Washington Post CRITICIZED the president in the same fashion.

Protocol is allowed by the media for Saint Obama but not for the devil they make Donald Trump out to be.


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