Russia

Report: Trump Was Sympathetic to Russia’s Attack On Sergei Skripal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When the Russians used a military-grade nerve agent to attack former intelligence agent Sergei V. Skripal on British soil, it took a significant amount of effort to talk Trump into doing anything about it according to a new report on CIA Director Gina Haspel's time in the Trump regime.

According to the New York Times, Trump was close to letting the attack slide because he was sympathetic to Russia's handling of the situation.

London was pushing for the White House to expel dozens of suspected Russian operatives, but Mr. Trump was skeptical. He had initially written off the poisoning as part of legitimate spy games, distasteful but within the bounds of espionage. Some officials said they thought that Mr. Trump, who has frequently criticized “rats” and other turncoats, had some sympathy for the Russian government’s going after someone viewed as a traitor.

Haspel reported reportedly convinced him to take action by showing him photos of anything except Sergei Skripal and his daughter who were both poisoned.

Ms. Haspel showed pictures the British government had supplied her of young children hospitalized after being sickened by the Novichok nerve agent that poisoned the Skripals. She then showed a photograph of ducks that British officials said were inadvertently killed by the sloppy work of the Russian operatives.

If not for the dead ducks, it's possible he wouldn't have signed off on a response.

I don't know where our relationship with Britain and most of Europe would be now if Trump had let a chemical weapon attack in their territory slide.

  • Sociopath.

  • muselet

    He had initially written off the poisoning as part of legitimate spy games, distasteful but within the bounds of espionage.

    I wonder if Donald Trump understands the James Bond movies aren’t documentaries.

    Come to think of it, I wonder whether Donald Trump understands James Bond is the hero of those movies and not the guys with Boris Badenov accents.

    What a terrible human being.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      Considering he likely thought the plot of Sicario was what was actually happening I’m betting that he does think they’re documentaries.

  • Aynwrong

    Our allies may now realize that America is only dependably in the corner when a Democrat is in the White House. The next a time a Dem is in the White House they will still have to plan when an R is in and what that will mean.

    I’m beginning to wonder if relations with our allies will be fully restored in my lifetime.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Our allies may now realize that America is only dependably in the corner when a Democrat is in the White House.

      If only American voters would also realize that the government is only dependably in their corner when Democrats are in charge.

  • Badgerite

    The definition of POS in Websters dictionary is trump. If not, it should be. There was also a British woman killed who had nothing to do with Russia or Skripal and his daughter.