U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters
Michael Crowley, Politico: A Russia reset? Maybe not yet.
As Moscow talks up a possible Putin-Trump meeting, officials in Congress and the Pentagon are ready to block any attempt to appease the Russian president.
After a phone call between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin days after the U.S. election, Russian media buzzed that Putin might host Trump this winter to kick off what the Kremlin described as their joint effort to "normalize ties” between the U.S. and Russia.
The talk of an early state visit remains speculative. But Trump's avowed desire for better relations with the autocratic Russian president makes it plausible that Trump would pay the first presidential visit to Moscow since a hopeful trip by President Barack Obama in 2009.
But interviews with more than a dozen officials and experts contacted by POLITICO since the election reveal an unyielding bipartisan and institutional opposition to any perceived effort by Trump to appease Putin. Such a gesture would be met with strong resistance from Congress, European allies, career national security officials and possibly even some key Trump officials.
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WNU Editor: By the looks of it .... everyone is against any major reconciliation between the U.S. and Russia .... with the exception of President Putin and soon to be President Trump. And since these are the two men who have the final authority to decide if such a reconciliation process should take place .... I am willing to bet that right now the backroom channels are buzzing, and the groundwork is being placed for this process to move forward.