Michael Flynn’s scandal a challenge for US President Trump

Trump weighs lifting Russia sanctions

A political scandal has emerged in the shape of a National security adviser Michael Flynn’s working for Russian interests in Donald Trump’s administration in less than a month . Trump’s love for Vladimir Putin and his intention to continue US-Russia partnership at the expense of US security and European interests puts a question mark on the credibility of US president administration.

The abrupt resignation of Michael flynn who concealed full details of his conversation with Russia’s Ambassador to the US Sergey Keslyak over sanctions has called into question the creditworthy of Trump’s administration. The process of concealing the conversation with officials of other countries by the Top Trump administration is deadly serious issue and those who are complicit in the scam should be probed for violating the Logan Act.

The New York Times reported that phone call records and intercepted calls showed members of Trump’s presidential campaign and other associates had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials in 2016 before the election.The Russian government and intelligence role in having Trump elected as US President will have a cascading effect on the entire political scandal.

Russia and US relationship has seen many high and lows and there is a lack of trust as the interests of both the powers clash .After having known that Trump cannot lift all the sanctions on Russia, Kremlin had secretly deployed controversial ground -launched cruise missiles on two locations inside the country in violation of a 1987 treaty that bans American and Russian intermediate -range missiles based on land..The deployment is done at Kapustin Yar in southern Russia near Volgograd.

America’s relationship with Russia had deteriorated to its lowest point since the cold war with Georgia in 2008 Then in June 2010 after a year of negotiations, Obama and Medvedev signed new strategic arms reduction treaty to cut number of deployed nuclear warheads on both sides by 30% down to 1550.

Meanwhile, Trump asked Russia to reach to a new arms agreement with Russia. In his first call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps US and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads .Trump assured Putin that New START favoured Russia .

Trump is set to face a great challenge and a crisis over its ties with Moscow as a Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States and Senate is doubtful of Putin’s intentions and Congress would like to ratify a new strategic arms control accord against Russia’s aggressiveness. Moreover,the 2014 annexation of Crimea continues to be the issue of most serious differences between Russia and US including European Union.

For how long the partnership between the two countries will last as Trump and Putin have potential differences on Iran, China, Syria’s Assad .But Trump’s foreign policy suggests that he is contemplating giving his leadership role in Middle East to Russia which will drastically reduce the influence of America .

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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