Russia is manipulating Kushner, Trump

When I first heard the report of a conversation between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with his superiors in Moscow regarding a meeting with Jared Kushner, I was skeptical. Why would he report that Mr. Kushner wanted to set up a secret way to communicate directly with the Russians over a line that was obviously being monitored? The Russian ambassador is certainly a seasoned diplomat and, reportedly, a spy master.    

Then it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. After watching the maelstrom the report stirred up, it was obvious. The Russians have embarrassed us again. They have manipulated an inexperienced, naive, unprepared president and his advisers. Yes, this conversation with the ambassador which took place in December at Trump Tower could have been an attempt at setting up a back channel line of communications. But by just using a piece of that conversation in his report to his superiors and knowing of the leaks to the U.S. press and the timing of this with the investigations ramping up, it's as the Britney Spears song says, "Oops, I did it again."  

Vladimir Putin his getting what he wants. He is driving a wedge between the U.S. and its NATO allies, which is making the alliance weaker. This will eventually make it easier for him to gobble up all those former Soviet satellite countries. Most importantly, he is making the United States look small, weak and foolish to the world. Donald Trump has got to go.

Michelle Peyton, Havre de Grace

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