Obama said NO, Trump said YES, regarding Lethal Weapons to Ukraine Trump approved the largest U.S. commercial sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine since 2014.

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By Lynn Woolley

Who’s been tougher on Russia? Obama or Trump?

The answer may lie in whether you believe Obama walked on water – or whether Trump is a puppet of Putin. On July 23rd, the Dallas Morning News carried a letter stating that Trump’s actions regarding Russia stand heads and shoulders above what Obama did – including arming Ukrainians in their war with Putin over the Crimean peninsula.

After reading this letter on-air, I received pushback from an unsigned Waco listener.

He contends that Trump “grudgingly approved selling some anti-tank rockets to Ukraine.” Not exactly. I found a nice account of this story in the left-wing Washington Post by Josh Rogin who reported that Obama made a “de facto” decision not to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine – while even Sen. Bob Corker praised Trump’s move.

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The letter from Beverly Walker of Fairview in the Dallas News.

The writer felt that Trump’s incoming critic after Helsinki was out of proportion. Walker suggested looking back at history:

President Franklin Roosevelt sold us out to Joseph Stalin in the Helsinki Accord and Roosevelt’s advisor Vasili Mitrokhin was a Soviet spy – yet the Democrats love FDR.”

Interesting because the Left idolized Obama as well – and find nothing he ever did to be wrong – such as separating families at the border. But when Trump does it – it’s pure evil.

Walker goes on to list other items to include the execution of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (who were defended by some on the Left), and mentions Sen. Ted Kennedy as having “colluded with the Kremlin to defeat Reagan” in 1983-84. Democrats will be Democrats – and never will they be consistent.

Beverly Walker’s letter in the DMN 7/23/18

Walker says Dems are in no position to criticize Trump. But “Unsigned in Waco” can – and does.

In a long letter – claiming the mantle of conservatism – he answered Walker’s letter and levels charge after charge.

Even if you buy the argument that Dems ‘are in no position to criticize Trump over Russia’; certainly conservatives, myself included, are in a position to criticize his appeasement of Putin.

The letter writer cites the sanctions on Russia as proof that Trump’s tough on Russia. Sanctions were initially applied against Russia following their invasion of Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea. They were passed with bipartisan support and signed by Obama. These measures were followed by passage of The Magnitsky Act while Obama was president and passed into law to punish Putin’s crime syndicate for the murder of Sergei Magnitsky who exposed the widespread corruption carried out by Putin and his gangster oligarchs.

The latest round of sanctions were passed by huge veto proof majorities by the House and Senate. The Trump administration waited until literally the last minute to sign and announce enforcement of the latest sanctions. The administration has notably offered work arounds for sanctioned Russian metals giant, Ruscal, which was partly owned by the sanctioned oligarch, Oleg Derispaska, who has known ties to Paul Manafort. After deliberately removing language in the Republican Platform that called for arming Ukraine the Administration grudgingly approved selling some anti tank rockets to Ukraine. Curiously, this sale was approved just days after Ukraine announced it was ending its cooperation with the Mueller investigation into Manfort’s work for pro Putin forces in Ukraine.

After the election Mike Flynn secretly and infamously contacted Russian officials promising a roll back of sanctions and diplomatic punishments applied by the Obama administration in response to Russia ‘s election attacks. To this day Trump refuses to criticize or take action against Putin or Russia, in fact blaming the US as equally responsible for the deteriorating US-Russo situation and siding with the Russian liar and dictator against our own intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

This is a lot to answer. Unsigned certainly reads all the left-wing websites.

Image: News Front via Zero Hedge

Josh Rogin’s piece in the WaPo answers the questions regarding Obama, Trump, and arms to Ukraine.

Dated 12/20/17, it’s a robust telling of what took place leading up to Trump’s decision on Ukraine arms (although there are many accounts of the story that you can Bing).

The long-and-short of it is that the Trump administration approved the largest U.S. commercial sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine since 2014.

The move was supported by people like anti-Trump Sen. Bob Corker and by Trump’s support team including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then-Secretary- of State Rex Tillerson. Trump’s desire to mend relations with Russia (a reset button?) was part of his calculation. He didn’t approve everything the Ukrainians desired, but he “crossed line of approving lethal sales” – and that was significant shift.

It certainly was not what Putin wanted to see happen.

This is a key passage from Rogin’s piece:

Congress authorized such sales in 2014 in the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, but the Obama administration never authorized large commercial or government sales, a move widely seen as a de facto decision not to provide lethal weapons to the Ukraine military. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who co-sponsored the law, praised the Trump administration’s move. “I’m pleased the administration approved the sale of defensive lethal arms to Ukraine,” Corker told me. “This decision was supported by Congress in legislation that became law three years ago and reflects our country’s longstanding commitment to Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.”

So is Beverly Walker right? Is Unsigned in Waco?

My thought is that a number of things Trump has done, including his scolding of Germany for propping up Putin with natural gas buys – is not conducive to the left-wing theory that Trump is a Russian puppet. Trump’s decision on arms sales – reversing Obama – isn’t either.

My suggestion is to watch, see what happens with the Russia investigation, and give President Trump credit – when credit is due.

lynn@BeLogical.com

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