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From Russia with love: why the Kremlin backs Trump

MOSCOW ( ) – Donald Trump is a brave pro-Putin political maverick who would end U.S. foreign wars and perhaps lift sanctions on Moscow. Hillary Clinton, however, is a warmonger beholden to the military-industrial complex.

Russian state TV, which hews closely to the Kremlin’s world view, leaves little doubt about who Moscow supports in November’s U.S. presidential election: “The Donald.”

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman took brief exception this month to a Trump attack video which showed Putin laughing at the prospect of Clinton defending America. But officials and analysts say the Kremlin still sees Trump as the best candidate by a mile.

Putin has hailed Trump as “very talented”. The head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee said he’d be a worthy winner of the 2015 “man of the year” title in the United States.

And Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show “Vesti Nedeli,” claimed this month that the Republican party elite had struck a secret deal with the Democrats to derail Trump, in part because of his sympathy for Russia.

“Trump doesn’t suit the Republican party,” Kiselyov told viewers. “They usually divide up the state budget (among themselves) by frightening people about Russia. But Trump is ready to find a common language with Putin. That’s why they don’t need Trump and even regard him as dangerous.”

Kiselyov has been one of the chief proponents of state television’s strongly anti-American tone, once saying Moscow could turn the United States into radioactive ash.

Some experts say Trump appeals to Moscow because Putin believes a Trump presidency would be isolationist and leave Russia with a free hand.

“The Kremlin can’t believe its luck,” said Konstantin von Eggert, an independent Moscow-based political analyst who believes the Obama administration has not been forceful in countering Russia.

“President Obama and (Secretary of State) John Kerry were a dream team for them, but now they have an even better option; someone who thinks that America should have nothing to do with the rest of the world.”

RT, the Kremlin’s English-language TV channel formerly known as Russia Today, says it does not back any U.S. candidates. But it has described Trump as “idiosyncratic and raw,” and suggested he represents the popular will of U.S. voters, which a sinister U.S. establishment is trying to subvert.

“Can America’s elections be truly called democratic if the political establishment aligns itself against the popular will?” lamented Peter Lavelle, the American host of RT’s flagship talk “CrossTalk” show. “As things stand now millions of voters could be disenfranch,上海品茶网Idris,ised.”

‘THANK GOD FOR TRUMP’

Trump has received advice from Lieutenant General Michael 上海品茶工作室Flynn, a former U.S. military intelligence chief who advocates better ties with Russia, and who shared a dinner table in Moscow with Putin in December to celebrate RT’s 10th anniversary.

Trump has won friends in Moscow with statements praising Putin as a strong leader that he could probably get along with. His support for Russian air strikes in Syria was welcomed.

In January, after a British judge ruled that Putin had “probably” authorized the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, Trump said he saw “no evidence” the Russian president was guilty.

“First of all, he says he didn’t do it. Many people say it wasn’t him. So who knows who did it?” Trump said.

This week, Trump said the United States should reduce funding for NATO. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said his comments showed the,上海品茶工作室Ebba, alliance was in crisis.

“For the last two years all we heard from Western newspapers and TV was very critical of Russia,” Victor,上海品茶论坛Barbara,ia Zhuravleva, a Moscow-based expert on U.S.-Russia relations, told .

“So when you hear something that is not so critical and even more friendly towards your country it’s like: ‘Thank God, There’s one person we can talk to: Donald Trump’”

Trump and Putin were similar, she said: “They are both open-minded, pragmatic, and say what they think.”

‘THE OLD BRIGAND’

The mutual appreciation between Trump and Putin has invited comparisons to the Russian leader’s friendship with another billionaire-turned-politician, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, who outraged Ukrainians and irked EU leaders last year by visiting Russian-annexed Crimea with Putin. They toured a Crimean winery and drank a priceless 240-year-old bottle from its cellar.

By contrast, Hillary Clinton, who is well known to the Kremlin because of her 2009-2013 stint as U.S. Secretary of State, is clearly not to Moscow’s taste.

“We really don’t want Hillary,” said one Russian official, who spoke anonymously because of the subject’s sensitivity. “She’s no friend of Russia’s.”

State media coverage has focused on what it has cast as her wacky promise to declassify UFO files and on the pressure she has faced for using her personal email account for government business and over her response to the fatal 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Pro-Kremlin bloggers, corralled by a Putin supporter who used to represent the ruling party in parliament, are enthused by the prospect of agitating on behalf of Trump.

“Trump is the first member of the American elite in 20 years who compliments Russia. Trump will smash America as we know it, we’ve got nothing to lose,” Konstantin Rykov told his followers on social media.

“Do we want the grandmother Hillary? No. Maybe it’s time to help the old brigand.”

Chelsea star David Luiz says Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver

DAVID LUIZ admits Frank Lampard is under pressure to deliver glory at Chelsea.

The Blues won their second pre-season game in Ireland on Saturday — 4-0 against St Patri,上海品茶微信Ollie,ck’s.

Brazilian defender Luiz, whose side now face Kawasaki Frontale in Japan on Friday, said: “If you keep winning titles, this is good. In the last years,上海419论坛 we’ve changed coach but still won things.

“Now, we have a different coach with a new philosophy. But in the end it is the same thing: you play for a big club and a big club has to win.

“Everyone knows Lamps is a legend. It was a pleasure to work with him as a player and it’s a pleasure to work with him as a coach now. When you play with a player like Lamps, he is a leader anyway so he is still leading the team now in a different place.

“He cannot run any more and cannot score goals any more but he’s still a leader.

“The squad is good enough, with the experienced players, the talented players, the young players . . .

“We just lost a big, big name, a legend of the club, in Eden Hazard but we have many players who can do the job.”

Blues defender Luiz is also a major supporter of his old boss Maurizio Sarri — and hopes he is a massive success at Juventus.

Sarri took Chelsea to third place in the Prem and delivered Europa League victory.

He added: “Sarri is a great coach, a great person, and for ever I am going to be thankful for him and I am going to support him.

“In the end he got what ,上海品茶QQRamon,he deserved, his first title as a coach. It was unbelievable to see him look at the medal at the end of the Europa League. I just wish him all the best.”

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Donald Trump branded ‘racist’ for saying Democrat congresswomen should ‘go back’ to their ‘crime infested’ countries

DONALD Trump was last night accused of launching a “racist” tirade against Democrat congresswomen who he said should “go back” to their “crime infested” countries.

They include Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

The young politicians are all left-wing Democrat members of the House of Representatives – and are women of colour.

He appeared to suggest the elected representatives – who are all US citizens – don’t have a right to comment on US politics because of their heritage.

President Trump tweeted on Sunday: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

This is racist. These congresswomen are every bit as American as you and represent our values better than you ever will

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“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.

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And appearing to suggest they should be booted out of the US, President Trump added: “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.

“I’m sure that [Democrat House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Despite Mr Trump’s remarks, all but one of the four women he seemed to target were born and raised in the US.

US CITIZENS

Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born in the Bronx, New York – and raised in suburban Westchester County.

Pressley, the first black woman elected to th爱上海419e House from Massachusetts, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio – while Tlaib was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Omar is the first Somali native elected to Congress and one of its first Muslim women.

She was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as civil war tore apart her home country.

She emigrated to the United States at age 12, teaching herself English by watching American TV and eventually settling with her family as a US citizen in Minneap,上海品茶QQSantiago,olis.

Factbox – Who are the ‘squad’ of ‘progressive’ Democrats?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Born: New York City

Parents from: Puerto Rico and USA

Heritage: Puerto Rican

Ilhan Omar

Born:Mogadishu, Somalia

Parents from: Somalia

Heritage: Somalian and Yemeni

Rashida Tlaib

Born: Detroit, Michigan

Parents from: West Bank and East Jerusalem

Heritage: Palestinian

Ayanna Pressley

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio

Parents from: USA

Heritage: African American

Picture: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

STIRRING DIVISION

Trump’s tweet came as he appeared to try to stir a rift between Pelosi and the young radical Democrats – who have become known as “the squad”.

Pelosi said the president wants to “make America white again.”

Ocasio-Cortez said: “Mr. President, the country I come from, & the country we all swear to, is the United States.

“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us.

“You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “Let’s be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on Democratic congresswomen.”

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And 2020 contender Beto O’Rourke, tweeted at the president: “This is racist.

“These congresswomen are every bit as American as you and represent our values better than you ever will.”

Senior Republicans refused to comment on the bitter row.

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