Tales of the New Cold War: Russiagate threatens both nuclear superpowers. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton. PART 2 of 2.

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Tales of the New Cold War: Russiagate threatens both nuclear superpowers. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton. PART 2 of 2.

After chatting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here, Trump abandoned the diplomatic tone the White House had carefully scripted for his five-country tour, once again contradicting the overwhelming consensus among current and former U.S. officials that the Russian leader tried to manipulate the 2016 election. In a 26-minute question-and-answer session with reporters aboard Air Force One, the president managed to dismiss probes into whether his campaign colluded with Russia as an “artificial Democratic hit job,” said he believed Putin was being sincere when he insisted that Russia did not attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, and warned that the continued focus on Russian election meddling risks lives. He then went on a tear on Twitter, lashing out at critics of his attempts to broker a better relationship with Putin and appearing to backhandedly call Kim Jong Un “short and fat.” “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!” Trump wrote. He later added a knock on Hillary Clinton’s attempted reset with Russia and then went after the North Korean leader. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” Trump tweeted. The president’s comments immediately reignited the politically volatile debate over Russia’s alleged efforts to propel Trump into the White House — and distracted from the administration’s Asia messaging.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/11/trump-russia-putin-people-will-die-244801