Congressman calls Trump’s Syria strike a ‘head fake’ to cover for ending Russia sanctions

A Democratic member of Congress just used his official Facebook page to ask President Donald Trump if he was wagging the dog on Russia.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) called Trump’s bluff in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon, alleging that given Trump’s past positions on foreign intervention, the President may be attempting to distract the country from his intent to roll back sanctions his predecessor levied on Russia. Rep. Huffman pointed out that Trump has sharply opposed meddling in Syria during the Obama administration, and that his sudden change of heart was necessary in order to mask an ulterior motive: (emphasis ours)

Was it the images of dying Syrian babies, even though you ignored prior images of dying Syrian babies and all of the dying African babies? Was it politics – perhaps your historically low poll numbers and complete lack of accomplishment in your first 11 weeks as President? Was it the fact that oil prices will now magically go up, a boon to your fossil fuel cronies? Or was it something else – a head fake vis-à-vis Russia in advance of Tillerson’s trip, to provide cover for the sanctions relief your team has been pursuing ever since before the election?

Huffman’s facts are correct — the Trump administration has allegedly brought up the possibility of ending the 2014 sanctions former President Barack Obama placed on the Russian Federation after Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and annex the Crimean peninsula.

It’s been reported that disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed ending the sanctions in a phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak after Trump was elected, but prior to his inauguration, when Obama was still in office. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — the former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil — was in talks with Russia about a $500 billion dollar oil exploration contract prior to accepting the job as America’s top diplomat. Should the sanctions be lifted, Tillerson’s former employer would stand to profit significantly.

Read Rep. Huffman’s post below:

Mr. President, you’re learning the hard way that navigating difficult policy issues from healthcare to foreign policy is…

Posted by Congressman Jared Huffman on Friday, April 7, 2017


Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.