The first phone call between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is set for Saturday evening Moscow time (around midday in Washington D.C.), January 28, according to Reuters. The call which White House National Security Adviser retired Army Gen./Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael T. Flynn helped to arrange, according to presidential spokesman Sean Spicer, is the first since Putin congratulated Trump on his victory shortly after November 9. It also comes as the unofficial/official NATO think tank the Atlantic Council freaks out about a reported draft executive order circulating in the Trump White House to lift some of the sanctions President Barack Hussein Obama ordered on the Russians after the return of Crimea to Russia in March 2014...Read More
Late Saturday night, Zerohedge cited Bloomberg reporting that Donald J. Trump's first trip abroad as President would be to the Icelandic capitol of Reykjavik, where President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary (later President) Mikhail Gorbachev famously held a summit putting ALL nuclear arms issues on the table between the USA and USSR in October 1986. However, according to President elect Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer the reports which also included the Washington based newspaper The Hill were false -- although the Icelanders told Russia's TASS news agency they were ready to host such talks. Trump's first trip abroad as president has yet to be announced and may not be until after Friday's inauguration.
The timing of the reports comes days after The Washington (Langley mouthpiece) Post David Ignatius accused Trump's National Security Adviser, who did not require Senate confirmation, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn of improper communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. According to the WaPost's intelligence 'sources' Flynn spoke with Kislyak several times by phone on the day President Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S., allegedly in retaliation for Russian hacking related to the elections and mistreatment of American envoys in Russia. But Trump spokesman Spicer denies the conversations were at all improper or usurping the lame duck Obama Administration, and instead concerned Flynn extending holiday greetings and condolences to the Russian people on the loss of the Alexandrov Ensemble in a plane crash a few days before. Spicer also said Flynn was trying to arrange a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump after Trump is to take office.Read More