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Trump Needs to Respond to Russia — Now

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2020. At the time, Trump said that the United States was withdrawing from the Open Skies arms control treaty with Russia. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) 

By Monday, 14 September 2020 04:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

While we may be obsessed with the 2020 presidential election right now, we can’t forget there is a big world out there.

Russia is trying to take over Belarus.

Putin likely just poisoned another political opponent using an illegal Soviet-era nerve agent, continuing a pattern of behavior that hearkens back to the days of communist rule.

President Trump needs to issue a forceful response, and do so now.

We all wanted the Russian experiment in Democracy to succeed.

But it’s time we acknowledged that it hasn’t.

Putin is a murderous dictator  perhaps not on the scale of his predecessors — but he’s no longer leading or advancing what can be considered a Democratic state.

The "hate America crowd" and the leftist media are partially to blame.

During the eight years of the Obama-Biden administration when our foreign policy gave way to liberal domestic priorities, the world became a much more dangerous place as radical leftist ideologies regained power across the globe.

We see it on our screens today as well.

The Left fomenting unrest in the streets. Domestic Socialists and Marxists pushing reforms to — as Obama put it — remake America and Americans being convinced that their country is not a force for good but intrinsically evil.

The United States is the proverbial "cat." When we are away, the mice will indeed play.

Our competitors like Russia fully took advantage of Obama’s "Prom King" foreign policy.

Russia, China and their close friends, the Iranian mullahs have increased in power and influence around the world. Joe Biden and the people who control him aren’t interested in pushing back. They, like the Obama acolytes before them, will focus on domestic policies that increase the size, scope and cost of our government.

Pay no mind to the men putting up the New Iron Curtain. Putin has played every U.S. president during his tenure like a fiddle.

The Navalny poisoning, Russia’s push to block the renewal of the Iranian arms embargo and Putin’s efforts to take control of Belarus give President Trump an opportunity to again demonstrate a more effective, realistic and necessary approach to Russia and the world.

The president’s record with respect to Russia is better than critics often allege.

While the Washington establishment loves to slam the president for being too soft on Putin, Trump has levied more sanctions against more people and entities in the last four years than Obama did in eight.

Russian and Chinese imperialism is a real problem downplayed by much of the Washington establishment and many of the loudest influencers in the press.

In just the last decade, Russia has expanded its influence and control — either politically or militarily — over Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Armenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Syria and more.

The president must announce a decisive response against the regime including additional sanctions, but also announce that the United States will never support Russia’s rejoining of the G7.

This will be a reversal for the president, who ruffled feathers by suggesting Putin would be invited to this year’s G7 meeting, which was scheduled to take place here in the U.S. Trump should make clear now, that Putin’s Russia has no place in a group of Democratic nations that represent the world’s leading free market economies.

Trump has said that he wants to try to "get along with Russia," which is in some ways a laudable goal. However history has proven that coddling dictators and communists makes the world less stable, less safe and certainly less free.

Whether we like it or not an arms race with China is already upon us.

A global economic battle is already taking place.

Thanks to Trump’s military, energy and economic policies, we are better positioned than at any time in the last two decades to try to blunt a resurgence of authoritarianism.

It’s time we refocused our attention on the real threats to America and the cause of freedom.

When we focus on attacking each other as Democrats, the Left and Big Tech seem to want us to do — we empower the likes of Putin, China and the Iranian terrorists.

Anyone who tells you that their empowerment doesn’t matter to this country has their head in the sand and isn’t worthy of leadership.

As he’s done with China, the president needs to make it clear our relationship with Russia is changing and then leverage the best of America’s economic weaponry to forge stronger alliances, create better trade deals and meet threats head on — not militarily but with innovation, energy resources, and investment.

What’s old is new again. The pendulum has swung back.

Once again, it’s up to us to lead — to marginalize authoritarian regimes.

If we’re too busy fighting each other, we won’t just end up remaking America — America’s inaction will end up remaking the world.

Tom Basile is the host of ‘America Right Now’ on Newsmax Television, Saturday’s from 12pm - 3pm eastern. Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics for more than two decades. He has served in government at the local, state and federal level including in the administration of George W. Bush in various capacities. He was an advisor to the provisional government in Iraq from 2003-04. From 2009-2011 he was the Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party. A columnist, commentator and former radio how, his new book "Let it Sink In: The Decade of Obama and Trump" provides a look back at the 2010s to prepare Americans to defend freedom in the 2020s. His critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq,” chronicled his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. Read Tom Basile's Reports — More Here.

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Once again, it’s up to us to lead — to marginalize authoritarian regimes. If we’re too busy fighting each other, we won’t just end up remaking America, America’s inaction will end up remaking the world.
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