Dispatch November 30, 2018

Updated Moscow Project report: “Putin’s Payout: 10 Ways Trump has Supported Putin’s Foreign Policy Agenda”

The will-they-or-won’t-they back and forth over Trump and Putin’s G-20 meetings is just the latest data point in a long line of inexplicable behavior in the relationship between the two.

This unprecedented peculiar personal relationship between the Commander-in-Chief and a foreign adversary has translated into significant policy decisions. Underneath the occasional posturing and general chaos, however, the reality is that the White House has demonstrated a clear and consistent pattern of behavior toward Russia by not only calling for better relations with the Kremlin but also actively advancing Russia’s foreign policy objectives.

This week alone:

  • Trump refused to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine, breaking with our NATO allies;
  • It was reported that the Trump Organization planned to give Putin a $50 million penthouse in 2016;
  • Reporting showed plans for Trump to visit Moscow to meet with Putin in 2016 once he formally received the GOP nomination;
  • Trump’s personal fixer, Michael Cohen, plead guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations with Russians during the campaign.

Given this new information, we’ve updated our report on how Trump has fulfilled Putin’s foreign policy agenda here: “Putin’s Payout: 10 Ways Trump has Supported Putin’s Foreign Policy Agenda.” It shows how Trump’s behavior has consistently aligned with specific foreign policy goals and objectives pursued by the Kremlin.