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Freaking Out Over Russia—In Contact With Trump Campaign, Putin Sent Congratulations, Russians Want Peace!

Trump says he wants friendly relations with any nation that wants to be friendly.

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The deputy foreign minister of Russia said there were "contacts" between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian representatives, the Washington Post reports.

"Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage," Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying. "Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions. I cannot say that all of them but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives."

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the campaign had "no contact" with Russian officials. A spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry called the meetings "normal practices" but said Hillary Clinton refused similar requests. Another foreign ministry official told the Post such contacts were normal diplomacy, for things like interview requests from journalists and clarifying statements.

Earlier this week, Russia President Vladimir Putin's sent Trump a telegram congratulating him, which seemed to receive a lot of press, and skepticism on social media. Of course, Putin sent a telegram to congratulate Obama too in 2012, but no foul play was suspected there.

In his victory speech, Trump struck a hopeful note. "We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us," Trump said last night. "We'll have great relationships. We expect to have great, great relationships."

Putin was the first world leader to congratulate Trump, and also commented on the election results during an ambassadors event yesterday. "We heard the statements he made as candidate for president expressing a desire to restore relations between our countries," Putin told foreign ambassadors newly arriving to Russia. "We realize and understand that this will not be an easy road given the level to which our relations have degraded today, regrettably." Putin insisted it was "not Russia's fault" that relations have soured, but that it was "ready to and seeks a return to full-format relations with the United States."

Russia has been accused by the U.S. government of hacking Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to interfere with the election. Last month, Putin dismissed the accusations, insisting the U.S. was not a "banana republic" and that Russia did not have a preferred candidate even while praising Trump and his campaign. Trump himself has praised Putin on the campaign trail, highlighting his own authoritarianism. Russian leaders are cautious about whether Trump's rhetoric will translate into improved relations. A Russian group, "Friends of Trump," like their establishment, cheered Trump's victory, calling it a victory for the "whole world," with many saying he was the best hope for peace.

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  1. A Russian grou, “Friends of Trump,”

    Grou (Dutch: Grouw) is a town in the province Frysl?n of the Netherlands and has around 5737 citizens (2007).

    1. I have relatives near there…I don’t think any of them have cracked a smile.

      1. Us Dutch only smile when someone hands us money.

        1. That’s why I make my vrouw do the accounting, and she does smile when I hand her my paycheck every couple weeks.

  2. “Mandrake, have you ever known a commie to send a congratulatory telegram?”

    1. “Well, no sir, can’t say I have”

      *nervously tugs collar*

      1. “Mandrake, come over here, the Redcoats are coming. Come on!”

  3. “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us,”…

    Goddam hippie. What’s next – a duet with zombie John Lennon?

    1. “All we are saaayyinggg is ‘hey is that Catcher in the Rye? I hate that book.'”

  4. If by ‘improved relations’ you mean a surprise TrumPutin nuke attack on North Africa then yes, we can certainly look forward to that. Congrats people, we did it.

      1. He has to be heavily coked up as of late.

        1. He has to be heavily coked up as of late.

          Or, maybe

          He has to be more heavily coked up as of late.

          just my observation…

          1. OK, your second one is best.

      2. I wouldn’t waste your time making a bet with vile scumbag Dave Weigel. He always loses, but he never pays up; he just gets a new set of screen names instead.

      3. Reason can certainly use some more donations?

      4. Are we betting on whether Trump literally goes nuclear on someone? If so, I’ll take “no” at any odds.

    1. “Pay attention to meee!” the troll explained.

    2. Yes, the TrumPutin hivemind is going to drop nuclear weapons on a vast desert of little strategic value.

      1. Hey! Once we have nuked and annexed North Africa… (I forget how the rest goes)

          1. WAR IS PEACE

        1. We have always been at war with North Africa.

        2. Step 3: Profit!

    3. Your posts are getting repetitive, literally.

      1. “He re-used 68% content from previous posts. This is in direct violation of Trumpkin Comment Board Etiquette Rule #12.”

        “BAN HIM !!!!”

      2. In these topsy-turvy times, it’s the clinically insane who are running out of ways to express themselves.

    4. Your tears are delicious dajjal/addictionmyth/palin’sbuttplug. But you knew that.

  5. Raise the voting age to 30 and offer an internet filter to remove any discussion to, of or about people under such age.

    Tell me what people think who have lived through a prior transition of government.

    Give me a separate feed of millennial tears.

    1. I like the 30 voting age, in theory but not practice. Nothing changed my view of world politics more than my 6 years in the Navy. Traveling the world visiting many countries, talking to the people, understanding their view of the US. Why they like us. Why they hate us. This is just speculation on my part, but I bet 50% of registered voters have never been outside of the US. I would even speculate that 25% have never been out of their home state. But these are the people helping to decide our foreign policy? Rather ridiculous.

      1. I’ll bet it’s a lot higher than 50%

      2. Oh, and may I say, my favorite port that I visited was Odessa, Ukraine. We were only the second US Navy ship to pull in there and we were greeted by marching bands and a few thousand people. It was a beautiful great city, even though they were struggling economically because they were still trying to set up their currency. Their currency was still called “coupons” and was so devalued, when we went to the casino, the minimum-maximum bets were literally $.05-$5 after conversion.

        1. Didn’t happen to run across a Battleship Potemkin did you?

      3. Just 36% of Americans have a passport. Since many of those are children who travel with parents, that’s an upper limit on the percentage over voters who have traveled abroad. Then, consider that many of that 36% just got a passport to go to Canada, Mexico, or a Caribbean cruise during which they’d learn very little.

        1. Really? I’m surprised it’s that low.

        2. How many people don’t renew their passports? Someone could have had traveled a lot in the 10 years their passport was valid, then decided to settle down (or renewed it once, then let it expire, etc.).

        3. Just 36% of Americans have a passport.

          Active or total? Either way, this is a nothing number. First, I don’t buy into the notion that travelling abroad confers wisdom or worldliness on people. Go to any climate conference anywhere in the world if you want to hob-knob with well-traveled idiotic (socialist) bigots. Climate serving the specific example but science conferences in general can/will suffice to show that for every well-traveled genius there’s at least a dozen a-/anti-cultural historically-ignorant morons for whom travelling/living abroad is a waste of jet fuel.

          Moreover, consider that a good chunk of the 36% are people who weren’t born here or people who’s parents weren’t born here on top of the large numbers of people who fit that description without being classified as ‘Americans’ or having a passport. Given that, it would be a bit idiotic for blaming the rest of both nations for not co-mingling *more* as though more co-mingling makes for more intelligent foreign policy (glares pointedly at Europe). It’s not like your average American block doesn’t have at least one illegal immigrant who may or may not speak English and one non-native polyglot citizen. I agree with people getting out of their native states and groupthink mindsets, I think miles traveled is a poor proxy.

  6. “””””A spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry called the meetings “normal practices” but said Hillary Clinton refused similar requests””””

    Clinton does not do meetings unless there is money on the table.

    1. “Clinton does not do meetings unless there is money on the table.”

      And if it is, she signs off on selling U.S. Uranium supplies to a Russian controlled company.

      But it’s Trump that’s in the pocket of the Russians.

  7. I’m going to audition to become one of those paid pro-Putin internet trolls.

    The Russian leader has always stood against aggression and has worked for world peace. Thanks to President Putin’s initiatives, the number of western aggressions into other parts of the world has decreased dramatically. Hopefully he can work with Trump to fix relations and the reputation of the United States.

    1. I have your Walter Duranty Prize, right here.

      1. Is it sculpted out of bovine excrement?

        1. Nope, the tiny bones of Ukranian children, starved to death.

  8. This story is such a nothingburger.

    1. That’s not so – it’s a great opportunity to insinuate that something sinister is going on here.

    2. I think you mean “a big bowl of nichevo-borscht.”

  9. I look forward to watching Hope Hicks lie to me.

    1. No kidding.

      Hot first lady. Hot first daughter. Hot press secretary.

      Ok, I’m warming to the Trump presidency. So to speak.

      1. I’ll be in my bunk first-class five-star Trump suite.

      2. Pussies to grab for everyone!

    1. That was FUNNY!
      Anyone who screams “HITLER!” has no understanding of history, nor any Idea what Trump is gonna do; I was very pleased that bit of lefty whining blew up in his face. He deserved it.

      1. A couple of friends of mine have insisted that it is 1933 in America.

    2. 48, retired, San Francisco, wrought iron gate, manicured lawn.

      Clearly this man is one of the poor oppressed downtrodden that DTrump is out to destroy.

      1. His affluence gives him plenty of time to feel others’ pain. In sharing their pain he shares their oppression. You wouldn’t understand.

      2. I hesitate to think of what that home costs.

        1. 35K when he bought it and 3.04M now.

      3. “DTrump” – very rap namish.

    3. So the dude just happened to have a nazi flag laying around, or did he go out and buy it? To you know, protest.

    4. Francine Miller, whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors, lives across the street from the home. When she spotted the flag, she headed straight over for a stern chat with her neighbor.
      “It was a comment on our new president-elect,” Roeber attempted to explain to the woman.

      Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors arguing with a guy named “Roeber” about a Nazi flag. Irony? I can never tell.

      1. I wonder if there would be the same problem if he was flying a soviet flag.

      2. I can never tell.

        It’s easy! Notice how the Nazi Flag is upside down and backwards? It’s a dead giveaway.

  10. Folks, if you look at the bottom of the page, there are links which include “Contact”. I just sent some messages regarding the screwed state of the comment functions, and I would suggest you do the same.
    As per last year, and for the same reason, my contribution is now .5 of last year’s, making it .25% of what it was.

    1. Are you commenting at the same reduced rate too? That would be great! Consistency, etc.

      1. “Are you commenting at the same reduced rate too?”

        Aren’t we all…

    2. The last comment I made worked, first time. They felt our pain!

  11. Russia wants peace? Does it mean it will now withdraw invading troops from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova?

    1. You mean, Russian Crimea, New Russia and Russia Minor? Why would they do that?

      1. *gives hearty applause and half bottle of vodka*

    2. They want a piece of them.

  12. What decade is this? I feel like I woke up from a long slumber to find that the Berlin Wall, an event I was actually in Germany to witness, never happened. It was all a dream. The talking heads on the TV are all quivering about mutually assured destruction. We’ve got to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and people don’t know what this ISIS or Al Qaeda shit’s all about, but on everyone’s lips is the name of the Mujahideen.

    1. Hmm, perhaps you’ve slipped into an episode of The Americans.

    2. That’s just today’s story to frighten the rubes. Last cycle it was “The 80s called. They want their foreign policy back.”

      If you use this one crazy simple trick, you can reliably interpret everything the mainstream media tells you: It’s a lie.

  13. Oh no! Not the Russkies! /”cold war mentality”

  14. Maybe I’m confused. Why is it constantly painted as a bad thing that the US would be friendly with one of the largest nuclear super powers in the world? Sure Putin is scary but being the world police has not been working out for us.

  15. I think at this point the Russians are just trolling. They’re making up stuff just to watch Dems heads explode. “Oh yes! We talk to Trump every day of campaign! We wrote his speeches for him, too!” Followed by snickering.

    1. I’m reminded of this scene:

      ARTHUR: Halt! Hallo! Hallo!
      GUARD: ‘Allo! Who is zis?
      ARTHUR: It is King Arthur, and these are the Knights of the Round
      Table. Who’s castle is this?
      GUARD: This is the castle of Our Master Ruiz’ de lu la Ramper (sp?)
      ARTHUR: Go and tell your master that we have been charged by God
      with a sacred quest. If he will give us food and shelter for the
      night he can join us in our quest for the Holy Grail.
      GUARD: Well, I’ll ask him, but I don’t think he’ll be very keen…
      Uh, he’s already got one, you see?
      ARTHUR: What?
      GALAHAD: He says they’ve already got one!
      ARTHUR: Are you sure he’s got one?
      GUARD: Oh, yes, it’s very nice-a [To Other Guards] I told him we already got one.
      OTHER GUARDS: [Laughing]

  16. “Putin was the first world leader to congratulate Trump.” Don’t think so.

    Reuters and others reported that “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the first world leader to call to congratulate Donald Trump on his U.S. election victory on Wednesday, in a move welcomed by many Egyptians who shrugged off the president-elect’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

    1. “Putin was the first Russian leader to congratulate Trump.”

      Or, maybe

      “Putin was the first commie, Russian, nuclear-apocalyptic, world-destroying leader to congratulate Trump!”

  17. I wonder if Assange will remain a Russian operative when, after having been pardoned by Trump, and subsequently labeled as also being an official conflict-of-interest-level Trump-crony, wikileaks once again does as they are wont to do, and releases something useful to the left?

    It would be funny to watch, if I thought this Russian line of BS would end up having that kind of shelf-life.

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