Vladimir Putin is about to have no further use for Donald Trump

We may never know for certain what Vladimir Putin’s plan was for Donald Trump in the 2016 race. Was Putin merely propping up the Trump campaign as a wedge for ensuring Hillary Clinton would enter office in a weakened position? Was Putin trying to make sure Trump won, so he could have a useful puppet in the White House? But whatever Putin’s original plan, it’s been blown to smithereens – and he’s about to have no further use for Donald Trump at all.

There are only two useful things Vladimir Putin could have gotten out of a Donald Trump presidency. The first is the destabilization of the United States government, forcing Americans to focus on their own internal problems, to the point that they wouldn’t be able to pay much attention to what Russia might do in places like Ukraine. While Putin succeeded in plunging the U.S. into internal chaos by putting the unstable Trump in power, it’s also backfired by putting more American focus on Russia than ever – and it’ll remain that way for as long as Trump is in office. There’s a reason Putin hasn’t yet invaded mainland Ukraine; he knows the heat is on him. But this isn’t even the trigger point.

Putin’s second and more direct benefit from a Donald Trump presidency was supposed to be the lifting of all U.S. sanctions against Russia, which would have been profoundly profitable for Putin and his oligarchs. But Trump has been such a ham handed disaster from the start, and his Russia scandal has played out so startlingly, he never has managed to get into position where he could successfully lift those sanctions. Now that the Senate has voted 98-to-2 to take away Trump’s ability to lift Russian sanctions, we’re just a veto-proof House vote away from Putin never getting his sanctions lifted under Trump.

In fact, at this point Vladimir Putin probably has better odds of getting those sanctions lifted if someone else is President of the United States who isn’t seen as a Russian puppet. So once the upcoming House vote makes it official that Donald Trump will never be able to lift sanctions on Russia, it’ll force Putin to do some soul searching about whether he wants to keep Trump in place, or whether he wants to drop some kompromat on Trump and take his chances with someone further down the line of succession. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report


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10 Comments

  1. Claudia on June 19, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Well there was a lot of money going here and there to start with.
    Pay back will be hard as the pp is just the start. We all know it has to be true by his reactions and avoiding anything about Russia when brought up. Avoids it like a disease.
    I say bring out the pp tapes and I bet there was more then one.

    Putin goal was to crumble out democracy, he at least raddled the cage.

    • Sammy on June 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      The thing that is truly baffling is that so many in the Trump circle, including Trump, have ties to Russia and the Russian government.

      How can Trump dismiss all of the reports from our intelligence agencies (17) and from intelligence agencies around the world? I can’t wrap my mind around this.

  2. Lynne Shively on June 19, 2017 at 1:18 am

    I just found you and like your way of reporting. Have you noticed that each generation is getting angrier and angrier? Then Trump makes it okay to be angry. He’s supposed to lead by example but as my father would say, “He is a piss poor example.”

    • Bill Palmer on June 19, 2017 at 3:23 am

      For what it’s worth, the vast majority of the youngest generation of voters is strongly against Donald Trump.

  3. C Rudder on June 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    PUTIN URGED NARCISSISTIC TRUMP TO RUN – HE PLAYED HIM LIKE A PIANO. THEN USED SUPER-SAP TRUMP TO ENABLE HIM TO GET ELECTION INFO NEEDED TO HACK INTO FILES. PUTIN AND TRUMP PLAYED THE GAME FOR AWHILE BEFORE GETTING CAUGHT. BY THAT TIME PUTIN ET AL HAD TOTALLY TERRORIZED THIS COUNTRY AND WE’RE NOW PAYING A TERRIBLE PRICE……

  4. Candace Love on June 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe in the next election people who failed to vote will realize that not voting IS a vote. By not voting, they voted FOR Trump.

  5. Mary on June 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Putin succeeded at causing the U.S. to have massive turmoil and become more divided. I don’t think even he saw Trump being elected, but just wanted to cause more friction and has done so. Trump’s election was just an added bonus, because now the U.S. looks stupid on the world’s stage and NATO is having problems with the U.S. Putin doesn’t need Trump anymore.

  6. Leslie Moon on June 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I predict they FALL OUT, that Trump quits playing the adoring fan and loses his cool and insults and defames Putin in some late-night Tweet Attack. AND THEN… we’ll get to see the shady-loam money-laundering banking files, the lush hotel room with the provided beautiful hookers he couldn’t resist, the taped conversations when the trash-talked the USA (who’d quit funding his projects after 6 bankruptsie.) Etc, etc, etc.

    Trump’s AFRAID of something. And he doesn’t scare easy. So, it’s gonna be damaging.

  7. Francis on June 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

    So far this follows the reasoning of my previous replies. Always pleasant if one does not have to ditch preconceived notions 🙂

    Putin – I keep pointing at this – cracking a joke on TV, is as unnatural as the proverbial German making a joke. And specifically mentioning *political* asylum shows to me it was *not* intended for #Comey… connect the dots?! #Trump is no longer an asset. Donald has a stark choice to make: serious time for treason or resignation and asylum.

  8. Francis on June 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    “”We may never know for certain what Vladimir Putin’s plan was for Donald Trump in the 2016 race. “” We may never know indeed, but an educated guess would be that #Putin already got all he could possibly hope for and then some!

    The Cambridge Analytica stories link #Brexit and #Trump both…. and the potential goal was destabilization of the NATO – USA & GB – and it was a resounding success!

    In a perverse way, aiding the ongoing hearings and investigations underline the illegality of the present Administration, will only further Russian Ends: more & longer instability & chaos! USA is screwed either way. 🙁

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