President Donald Trump has long been open about his belief that the US should seek closer relations with Russia, the primary Eurasian power. Democrats are against this idea, which Trump believes is dangerous.
President Trump took to Twitter this weekend to express his outrage over Democrat-led smear campaigns against a US-Russia alliance. “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!”
President Trump has already put action behind his words by verbally agreeing with Russian President Putin on Saturday that Washington and Moscow should work together to finish off ISIS in Iraq and Syria. President Trump also believes that the Kremlin could be an invaluable ally against North Korea.
President Trump also used Twitter to take a jab at the mainstream media for their obsessive focus on him and not on Hillary Clinton.
“Does the Fake News Media remember when Crooked Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was begging Russia to be our friend with the misspelled reset button? Obama tried also, but he had zero chemistry with Putin,” Trump wrote.
More bluntly, President Trump has claimed that if the Democrats continue their bashing of Russia, “people will die.”
“This artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way and that’s a shame because people will die because of it,” President Trump told reporters in Asia.
The President’s words are an indication that he sincerely believes that a strong US-Russia relationship could end the six-year war in Syria and resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump also likely recognizes that a powerful Russia — who seeks to maintain its control in Central Asia — can help temper the growing power of Communist China.
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is not only a direct threat to Russian interests in Central Asia, but it also a threat to US allies in Northeast and Southeast Asia. Therefore, President Trump’s goodwill overtures with Russia, Japan, Vietnam, and The Philippines make geopolitical sense.
So far, the Democrat alternatives to all of this have been completely lacking. All the Democrats have done so far is denounce President Trump for getting close to authoritarian dictators. While that may be the case, the Obama administration’s policy of supporting regime change in the Middle East gave the world an emboldened Muslim Brotherhood, a new hegemonic power in Iran, and the ferocious terrorist group, ISIS.
President Trump has expressed the importance of forging alliances with superpower nations. Is Russia a valuable ally to the US?
In many ways, President Trump’s foreign policy is reminiscent of America’s Cold War strategy of aligning itself with global authoritarian leaders to defeat a shared enemy. In today’s world, the US and Russia are both threatened by Islamic terrorism, while Asia and America are worried about China’s growing dominance and North Korea’s instability.
In the grand scheme of things, alliances are always better than conflict — especially in the case of a superpower such as Russia. President Trump knows this, but his critics do not.