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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Russia testing Trump's weakened state

Russians may have wanted Trump as their President of the United States because Putin believed that they could manipulate him to favoring their aggressive moves to reclaim some territory. Now, they see the Trump's incompetence at managing in a democratic republic may not pay off as they wanted.

The Trump team's forays at communicating with the Russians during the campaign is now in the open. Investigators are in pursuit of business ties and dealings while Trump's point man, Michael Flynn, is caught red-handed.

What to do? Anticipating that conditions won't get better, Russia will push now to test the limits on the bet that they can get away with something while Trump is distracted. The same is true for other American enemies including Iran and North Korea, among others. At the hands of Donald Trump, national security is at risk.

“Russian Jets Buzzed U.S. Destroyer
Multiple low passes near warship raised fears of 'miscalculation'

Su-24M frontline bombers take part in the military parade in MoscowSu-24M frontline bombers take part in a military parade in Moscow / AP

BY: Bill Gertz

February 14, 2017 12:47 pm

Four Russian military aircraft conducted low passes against a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea last week, the first such military provocation since the new Trump administration took office.

The incident took place Feb. 10 and involved the USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer, fending off low flights by what the commander of the ship regarded as potentially dangerous flybys.

"There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft," said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command. "They were assessed by the commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional.”

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