Every year for at least the past eight years, the issue of raising the “debt ceiling”, i.e., the legal limit on how much the government may borrow, has given rise to an acrimonious and increasingly partisan battle in the U.S. Congress. This year was shaping up as no exception, as the Treasury Department announced that the debt ceiling would be reached in September. The Republican hardliners were refusing to raise that ceiling and threatening a government shutdown, if the Democrats rejected the significant spending cuts they demanded.
It would appear that some Democratic Party leaders are realizing they must rethink their strategy and end their collusion with those anti-Trump Republicans and “Deep State” anti-Russia fanatics pursuing regime change in Washington, or face the continued decline and discredit of their party. At the same time, Donald Trump has held a number of bipartisan meetings this past week with legislators from both parties, on issues such as health care, tax reform, infrastructure and immigration.
Since the effort to bring down Donald Trump through the “Russiagate” scandal is going nowhere, in particular since the release of the VIPS memo, those who are determined to overthrow him have picked up a new issue and are running with it.
The memorandum released on July 24 by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of former high-level intelligence officers, makes the case that the emails from the Democratic National Committee computers given to Wikileaks, were not hacked by “Russians” but leaked from the inside. These findings in themselves debunk the entire fairy tale of the Kremlin’s manipulation of the U.S. electoral process, which explains why no major media has covered the memo. Numerous blogs have, however.
In the last week of July, the United States Congress passed the Iran-Russia-North Korea sanctions bill quasi unanimously (419-3 in the House of Representatives and 98-2 in the Senate). The intent of the bill is clearly to put the United States back into direct confrontation with Russia and to seriously weaken the President’s power to carry out foreign policy, as provided under the Constitution.
The sanctions just adopted by both houses of the U.S. Congress, which would punish any companies involved in building infrastructure to facilitate Russian energy exports, including the Nord Stream 2, would severely harm the entire European economy, in addition to promoting outright economic and trade war. The protests have been been widespread across the political spectrum, in particular in Germany and Austria, which need the pipeline projects to ensure energy security.
The bilateral meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was certainly the most important event of the G20 summit that took place on July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany. As Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche pointed out in an article written just after the end of that summit, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russia counterpart Sergei Lavrov underscored the positive chemistry between the two heads of state.
The attempt by the mainstream media to delegitimize, if not to topple, President Trump by accusing him of being a pawn of the Russians has reached truly ludicrous proportions. But since it’s good for their ratings, little do they care it’s true or not.
Developments over the past few weeks indicate that the United States may now be responding to the call to accept China’s offer to join the New Silk Road. President Trump and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at the White House on June 22, after which Yang stated, according to a statement by the Beijing Foreign Ministry, that the U.S. President was willing to cooperate with China on projects related to its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.
As it now stands, it appears that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin intend to hold their first meeting on the sidelines of the July 7-8 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. But opposition to such a meeting is reportedly exceedingly strong not only among the trans-Atlantic Establishment elite, but also within the Trump Administration itself.