Readout of the First Trump-Putin White House Phone Call

Readout of the First Trump-Putin White House Phone Call

In the call, the two world leaders vowed to work together against ISIS and wished each other's people prosperity. Putin again congratulated Trump on his electoral victory and the two sides declared their intent to improve relations.

Trump was flanked for the call in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and senior counselor to the President and former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon. According to Reuters and other reports the call did not include discussion of the sanctions placed by the U.S., EU and other countries such as Canada on Russia.

Trump also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, confirming a meeting in Washington on February 10 where trade will be at the top of the agenda, and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump also spoke with French President Francois Holland and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. -- JWS

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What War on Terror? Obama Admin Doesn't Want Russia to Bomb Al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda's Affiliate in Syria

The headline from ABC News over the weekend said it all: "US Asks Russia to Not Hit Nusra Front in Syria, Moscow Says". Even with the caveat 'Moscow says', the absurdity of the United States government claiming to be waging a forever 'war on terror' against Al-Qaeda the organization that supposedly masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks while insisting that Russia not bomb AQ's franchise in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is now evident to the entire sentient world. So too, is the fundamentally fraudulent nature of the 'war on terror', which will enter its fifteenth year this September 11th and which features young men who were toddlers when the World Trade Center towers were hit enlisting in the Marines or the U.S. Army to potentially fight in Afghanistan or 'Syraq'. 

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