With the historic midterm elections in the U.S. less than two weeks away, Donald Trump is boldly asserting his authority as President, generating an ever-higher level of hysteria among his enemies. In the last days, the White House has announced that Trump will expand the number of campaign rallies in key battleground states leading up to Election Day, amid indications that the much-hyped Democratic wave may be diminishing. He is engaging regularly with journalists, in vintage Trump style, deriding them as purveyors of Fake News, while challenging them to report on his accomplishments. Perhaps most importantly, it has been announced that, shortly after the election, Trump will meet with Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi, on the sidelines of major events, in an effort to resolve differences which have emerged, in no small part due to the anti-Russian, anti-Chinese agenda of Trump's opponents among the London-directed neo-cons in both parties.
The announcement of a Trump-Putin summit came during two-days of extensive meetings between Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton and Russian leaders, including a meeting with Putin. He met first on October 22 with Russian Security Council Secretary Patrushev for five hours, followed by a ninety-minute meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov. A major topic was the stated intent of the Trump administration to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which would have a major destabilizing effect on U.S.-Russian relations. The October 23 meeting with Putin included a jocular exchange, when Putin noted that the Seal of the United States includes an eagle, holding arrows and olive branches. Putin asked Bolton if the eagle had "eaten all the olives, leaving only the arrows." When Bolton replied, "I didn't bring any more olives," Putin quipped, "I thought so."
During their meeting, Putin told Bolton that it would "be helpful to continue a direct dialogue," to which Bolton replied that Trump "would be glad to meet Putin." In the end, Bolton confirmed that the two leaders would meet in Paris on the sidelines of the November 11 centenary commemoration of the end of World War I, stating that, "Despite our differences...it is still important to work in areas where there is a possibility of mutual cooperation."
The desire of the two leaders for more personal contact, to consolidate a mutually beneficial relationship, which was a crucial plank in Trump's presidential campaign, was one of the triggers for the launching of Russiagate, by British intelligence and anti-Russian officials of Obama's intelligence team. They tried to poison that prospect by claiming that Trump wanted a relationship with Putin because he was being blackmailed by the Russian President. When the two met in Helsinki last July, and showed a degree of comfort and rapport with each other, the anti-Trump crowd went berserk, with former CIA Director John Brennan leading the charge, accusing Trump of treason. Despite the efforts of the two leaders to resolve questions about expiring nuclear arms agreements and world crisis spots through dialogue at Helsinki, relations between the two nations have worsened, under the impact of bipartisan Congressional attacks on both leaders, and a nonstop media assault.
The meeting with China's President Xi Jinping will take place during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which begins November 30. Relations between the two countries, which got off to an excellent start with a summit in Mar e Lago, Florida in April 2017, deepened during an extraordinary visit by Trump to Beijing, in November of that year. In spite of a deterioration of relations, led by anti-China trade hawks pushing punitive tariffs, and a near-military confrontation in the South China Sea, Trump continues to insist that there is "great chemistry" between the two leaders. Upon announcing the upcoming summit, a source close to Trump said the meeting will serve "as a personal reconnection with Xi", with a desire to seek a "common basis" for resolving differences.
THE "DANGEROUS" TRUMP
The President's enemies have expressed alarm over the confident manner demonstrated by Trump in recent weeks. His "new attitude", as one pundit described it, was seen in his dismantling of CBS television personality Lesley Stahl, when she interviewed him on the popular program "60 Minutes" on October 14. Though Stahl's approach was to bait him, then cut him off when he tried to answer, he was at times defiant, but always under control. When she demanded, for example, that he pledge he will not shut down the ongoing Mueller investigation, which he has repeatedly characterized as a with hunt, " he responded that it is "a very unfair investigation, because there was no collusion of any kind....I don't want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you?" At the end, after parrying a series of increasingly irrelevant challenges, he told her he can deal with her this way, because "I'm the president, and you're not"!
Commenting on the interview afterwards, Stahl, who has now conducted three major interviews with him, noted the change in him from when she first spoke with him, just after the 2016 election. "Right now," she said, "He's so much more confident. He is truly president, and you felt it, I felt it, in this interview."
In the last weeks, Trump has been speaking much more frequently with the press, giving interviews, press conferences and conducting informal exchanges on the campaign trail. He has spoken at twelve major campaign rallies, where enthusiastic crowds gather to cheer him, as he warns that his opponents are trying to remove him as president, to overturn their vote in 2016. This would put us back on the course of war which preceded me, he says, bringing back the policies of Bush, Obama and Clinton. When he asks them to treat the midterm elections as though he were on the ballot, to vote against the coup plotters among the Democrats, he is greeted by deafening roars. There will be ten more such rallies before election day, and polls -- as unreliable as they are -- now show that the Democratic effort to seize the House and Senate, so they might impeach and convict him, has faltered. It is even possible that the Republicans will increase their majority in the U.S. Senate.
This shift was highlighted in an October 23 article on CNN, which asserts that he "is at the top of his dangerous games as midterms loom", adding that he is "coming across as a president increasingly bullish about himself and at ease in wielding his power." To Trump's statement, "I am not worried about anything," CNN frets that he "has seized control of the midterm election campaign," and his "virtuoso flexing of his significant but often diabolical skills [and] his considerable instinctive and often cynical political prowess was on full display" in recent encounters with reporters.
CHAOS STRATEGY UNLEASHED
The problems faced by the regime change putschists, magnified by the self-confidence exuded by Trump, are multiple, but two are immediately evident. First, the Mueller investigation has failed to accomplish anything, except to reinforce the commitment of his supporters to stick with him, while producing potentially significant legal liabilities for those who concocted the fraudulent Russiagate narrative which spawned it. This was reflected in an October 19 article in Politico, which warned Russiagate advocates to "Prepare for disappointment." Citing leading attorneys involved in the case, the article asserts that Mueller's final report is unlikely to contain "a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump." Further, the article suggests that "Mueller's findings may never even see the light of day."
Secondly, the Democrats, lacking a "smoking gun" from Mueller, are providing no leadership and no new ideas. Committed to the same neocon geopolitical strategic policy of Obama and Clinton, based on robust military provocations against Russia and China, which were rejected by Trump and his voters in 2016, and lacking an alternative to the failed Wall Street bubble economy hailed by Obama and Clinton, they are reduced to campaigning around the same anti-Trump lies used by Clinton in 2016. "Trump is an authoritarian," he's "anti-women", a "racist", "corrupt", a "puppet of Putin" -- these themes were all part of the last campaign, and appeal only to an enraged segment of the population, which still feels cheated by Hillary's loss.
Lacking any coherent program, the desperation of this crowd can be seen in each new scandal they promote. In the last days, they have attacked Trump for the "uncivil" tone in politics, while they are calling for mob assaults, funded by notorious coup plotter George Soros, against Republican candidates. They have twisted all logic by asserting that Trump is somehow responsible for the murder of Saudi Journalist Khashoggi. The New York Times, always at the forefront of "Fake News", ran an article claiming that calls made from Trump's personal I-phone are being "monitored" by Russia and China, a charge dismissed by him as "absurd". And they are cynically insisting that Trump's response to the Central American migrant "caravan", now moving through Mexico, proves him to be an anti-Hispanic racist -- part of the Democrat's "identity politics", designed to motivate Hispanics to vote against Republicans in the midterms. As with many of these oh-so-clever anti-Trump ploys, this one is already backfiring, as the funding by Soros and related NGOs behind the "caravan" is being exposed, and the Presidents of Honduras and Guatemala have initiated a "Safe Return" program, to encourage the migrants to return home, to avoid being used as pawns in this dangerous game.
The latest destabilization has been the delivery, by mail, of alleged pipe bombs to leading opponents of Trump, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, and CNN, among others. The media, and Trump opponents, are blaming Trump, saying that his incendiary, "hate-filled" attacks on his opponents, including the media, is behind the bomb deliveries, before an investigation was even initiated. Leading regime change advocate John Brennan, who was the alleged target of the package sent to CNN warned Trump to "clean up your act", and "try to act presidential". The loonie of the week award goes to MSNBC's Chuck Todd, who said the bombs may have been part of a "Russian" operation! On the more sensible side, there are some analysts who speculate that this might even be a last minute "false flag" operation, of the type the British specialize in, to harm Trump supporters in the election.
The New York Times engaged in another despicable provocation, calling for short stories to be submitted on how the Trump presidency will end. One, by British author Zoe Sharp, published in the paper, is about the killing of Trump by a Russian assassin, aided by a Secret Service agent. The murder of the President has been a persistent theme among British so-called journalists, beginning with a London Spectator article in January 2017.
The announcement of renewed diplomatic efforts with Russia and China are a positive development, presaging the possibility for decisive change after the midterms, as the President returns to his agenda which led to his election. The intervention by LaRouchePAC, and lead candidates Kesha Rogers and Ron Wieczorek, are providing the in-depth direction needed, to build support for this. They insist that the regime change coup must be ended; cooperation with Russia and China must be pursued; and the American system of economics, which Trump has praised, must be reintroduced, including U.S. cooperation with China's Belt-and-Road Initiative. This program, which is key to a peaceful and prosperous future, is the real target of those out to remove Donald Trump.