On August 3rd, after being forced (Senate override guaranteed) to sign a tough sanctions position against Russia, Pres. Trump tweeted:
To which Sen. John McCain replied:
Now think about this for a second. Which sounds more rational? Did the US and our allies impose sanctions on Russia originally for no reason? Did we just want to be jerks? Or did we impose sanctions on Russia in response to their military invasion and annexation of Crimean Ukraine? Who started this chain of events?
I can only imagine three possible explanations for Pres. Trump's position:
1. President Trump and his campaign knew of and welcomed Russian assistance in helping their 2016 election campaign. (The Russians would then be expecting a "thank you" easing of sanctions in return from a President Trump after his inauguration.)
2. The Trump election campaign knew of and welcomed Russian assistance, while Pres. Trump was kept in the dark at the time, but is now trying to interfere and discredit the Special Counsel's investigation to expose the collusion. (This is the same type of obstruction of justice vs the crime itself that brought down the Nixon White House.)
3. This "smoke" is all just a coincidence and there is no "fire". Pres. Trump simply has a serious infatuation with Putin, Russia, and their billionaire oligarchs and the organized-crime-like way they are able to conduct their business without interference from government regulators, honestly elected civil servants, and a free press.
IMO none of these three possible explanations are in the American public's best interest. If you disagree, or can imagine a fourth possibility I haven't thought of, please state your case. I would honestly, respectfully like to hear your opinions.