McConnell breaks with Trump over Putin, Russia

Doubling down on his recent assertions that the United States is morally equal to Russia, Donald Trump called American leaders “killers” during his pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday afternoon.
“Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him”, Trump responded. (The Patriots, by eight points.) O’Reilly says we’ll see more of this interview Monday and Tuesday on The O’Reilly Factor, but you know that if he had something substantial, it would have aired on Sunday.He added: ‘I say it’s better to get along with Russian Federation than not. Will I get along with them? “I have no idea”, he added.Trump said it wasn’t his preference to do so, and that states and cities should get money they need “to properly operate”.In an interview with Fox News, he said: “There are a lot of killers. What do you think our country is so innocent?”Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said on ABC’s “This Week” that she resents Trump’s statement.President Donald Trump won the support of overzealous patriots and white nationalists at least in part by courting “birthers” and those who view nuanced, fact-based critiques of the U.S.as anti-American.At the end of January, Putin and Trump held their first official phone call, which, according to the Kremlin, was “good and constructive”.

Racist Trump supporter causes riot at UC Berkeley, Trump threatens funding
Berkeley cancelled a planned speech by alt-Right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after violence broke out during protests on campus. Rowdy protests at UC Davis Jan. 13 prompted campus Republicans to cancel his appearance at the last minute.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, McConnell criticized Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country as “completely and totally inconsistent with American values”.The Senate majority Leader said the Trump Administration will have a look at the Iranian nuclear deal.Relations between Washington and Moscow deteriorated during the administration of former President Barack Obama over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.Tymoshenko’s comments about President Trump’s assurances are contradictory to the claims he made during his campaign where he asserted that he may ease sanctions against Russian Federation.”There is no equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defense of his cronyism”.Across Europe, there are growing concerns that the continent might be wedged between a hostile Russian Federation and a hostile United States.James Mattis, the defence secretary, and Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, have told Congress that Russian Federation represents a big national security threat to the US. She also said that Trump promised not to lift sanctions on Russian Federation until it had pulled out of Ukraine.