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Monday, May 29, 2017

Bloomberg exposes president's "Secret Outreach to Russia"

Josh Rogin of Bloomberg News took us inside the clandestine efforts of the White House to create a back-channel communication line Russia.

From Rogin:
President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.
This month, Obama's National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.
“I don’t think that anybody at this point is under the impression that a wholesale reset of our relationship is possible at this time, but we might as well test out what they are actually willing to do,” a senior administration official told me. “Our theory of this all along has been, let's see what’s there. Regardless of the likelihood of success.”
Leading the charge has been Secretary of State John Kerry. This fall, Kerry even proposed going to Moscow and meeting with Putin directly. The negotiations over Kerry’s trip got to the point of scheduling, but ultimately were scuttled because there was little prospect of demonstrable progress.
In a separate attempt at outreach, the White House turned to an old friend of Putin’s for help. The White House called on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss having him call Putin directly, according to two officials. It’s unclear whether Kissinger actually made the call. The White House and Kissinger both refused to comment for this column.
Kerry has been the point man on dealing with Russia because his close relationship with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represents the last remaining functional diplomatic channel between Washington and Moscow. They meet often, often without any staff members present, and talk on the phone regularly. Obama and Putin, on the other hand, are known to have an intense dislike for each other and very rarely speak.
Rogin wrote that puff piece on December 31, 2014.

He has since moved on to the Washington Post where they are desperately seeking to link Trump to Russia in order to justify Obama's illegal espionage on Trump and his campaign.

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  1. This nontroversy is like someone freaking out because the cops "have contacts" among the local criminals.

  2. Steve in GreensboroMay 29, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    WaPo and the rest of the Lying Media seem currently to be populated by hacks. Considering Walter Cronkite's hackery over the Tet Offensive, was it ever any different?

  3. That was published 2 years and nearly 5 months ago, and the Dems are complaining about Trump? Of course they are.

  4. From the Bloomberg piece it sounds like Putin is a good judge of character.

  5. Month after month with no evidence of Trump's collusion with Russia? Well that leads to only one possible conclusion: it must be true.

  6. Don't forget Obama's back channels to Iran. Kim Strassel brought this up on Beat The Press(TM) on Sunday.

    At the time, and to this day, Iran declares themselves our enemy. Crickets on that story too.
    ~Carolina Kat