US Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump. (Reuters / Brendan McDermid)
L. Todd Woodm, Washington Times: Canny Trump already negotiating with Russia
As a former military officer, I learned decades ago that when taking command of new unit, an officer has to be a strict disciplinarian. Rules have to be enforced and your subordinates need to respect and understand you are a determined person who takes your oath of office seriously. In reality, these first few months are a negotiation with your troops. First impressions count, they set the stage for your entire command.
Anyone who has followed this 2016 election cycle should know that Donald Trump is always negotiating. When the GOP nominee was talking about preventing Muslims from coming into the country “until we can figure out what is going on,” he was laying out a hard-line negotiating position that could be softened down the road if need be.
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WNU editor: This strategy .... if it is a deliberate strategy .... is working. When I was in Moscow last month I heard a lot of criticisms of President Obama and Hillary Clinton .... but nothing negative on Donald Trump. In fact .... most Russians view him as an American success story. And when I played 'Devil's advocate" .... I was criticised!!!!