Trump To Expel "Dozens Of Russian Diplomats" In Response To Skripal Poisoning

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German leader Angela Merkel said that following a meeting of the European Council, that UK PM Theresa May had shared "proof" of Russia's involvement in the assassination attempt against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, "convincing" the two leaders that Russia was behind the attack. And yet, despite the "convincing" evidence, no "proof" has yet been publicly disclosed. Furthermore, even as all leaders said they are in agreement that Russia was "the only reasonable culprit", the EC opted not to take any immediate action against Moscow, except issue a harshly worded statement.

Here things get even more bizarre because the EC statement issued said that it "agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation."

Wait, there is either proof that Russia did (or did not do) the attack, or there isn't.

Claiming that something is "highly likely" and that "there is no plausible alternative explanation" is what you say when there is no proof, and when you send in Colin Powell to the United Nations to lie to the world that a vial of sand is really anthrax and one should immediately launch a war to crush an evil regime just because, well, a vial of sand.

United States using "fake evidence" to launch military operation

It also explains why on Saturday, the Russian Embassy in the UK once again demanded that London produce the complete UK info on "Skripal's Case" and disclose details on a program to produce weapons-grade toxic substances in Porton Down. The UK has so far refused to comply.

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In any event, with the UK yet to publicly present proof that Russia was behind the attack, and as Boris Johnson claimed, Putin himself that was behind the nerve agent attack on the former Russian double agent, on Saturday morning Bloomberg reported that President Donald Trump is "preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S." in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K..

Quoting two people "familiar with the matter", Bloomberg reports that Trump agreed with the recommendation of advisers and the expulsions are likely to be announced on Monday. And while the aides said that Trump is prepared to act, he wants to be sure European allies will take similar steps against Russia before he does so, which could be prolematic since Russia controls roughly a third of Europe's natural gas supplies and thus the volume of any potential response (and also why despite "proof", Europe responded with nothing more than a harshly-worded statement).

The advisers reached recommendations for a U.S. response to the U.K. attack at a National Security Council meeting on Wednesday and honed the proposals on Friday.

Among the advisors that Trump approached on Friday to discuss the matter were U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, outgoing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and others.

In other words, virtually everyone in Trump's inner circle is desperate for the president to engage in damage control for last week's gaffe in which he congratulated Putin on his election victory despite being ordered by his anti-Russian wing "do not congratulate."

Trump has agreed to adopt increasingly tough policy stances on Russia, but - infuriating the Military-Industrial Complex, after all the stock price of Boeing must go up not down, and the neocons - the president places a priority on maintaining a personal relationship with the Russian president, refuses to publicly attack him, and doesn’t see any benefit to the U.S. in confronting Putin in one-on-one encounters, one administration official told Bloomberg on Thursday.

Trump defended his call with Putin on Twitter Wednesday, dismissing those who “wanted me to excoriate him.”

“They are wrong!” Trump wrote. “Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

We can assume that if Trump again refuses to do as his advisors urge him to demonstrate just how opposed to Russia he is, that his new National Security Advisor, John Bolton - with the full blessing of the US establishment - will demand nothing less than a nuclear strike somewhere in Siberia to finally prove to Mueller, and the world, that Trump is not a Russian operative.

"And then we got him to expel the Russians..." Image source: @pierpont_morgan

 

Comments

HowdyDoody giovanni_f Sat, 03/24/2018 - 13:14 Permalink

One of the justifications for the 'Russia done it' explanation was that Skirpal was a threat to Russia state security, hence 'Russia done it'.

There is an unsubstantiated story that Skirpal wanted to repent and go back to Russia (just like Litvinenko's father). In which case he would take to Russia some current knowledge of the UK MI6 operations. Hence he would be a threat to the UK and .... 'Russia done it'!

https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/https/diana-mihailova.livejourn…

 

 

 

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FBaggins DollarMenu Sat, 03/24/2018 - 14:35 Permalink

The actual physical war against Russia began with the coup in the Ukraine. All we are seeing now is an escalation to total war. Trump was in Europe last January not just to address an economic forum. That job was until then generally left to subordinates.  He was there to address a gathering of Western elites to enforce the US-Zio plan for further aggression against Syria, Iran and Russia.  I am a Canadian but subject to the same phoney Ziocon controlled, propaganda, fake news, fake history, puppet politicians, indecent entertainment, and mass deceptions as Americans. The people have no real say.  Truth and the rule of law no longer have any currency in our corridors of power.  The choice of political leaders is simply a choice of the lesser of evils. You eventually discover the same fetid corruption running things no matter who is elected and that their puppet strings are all connected to the same hands of the unseen masters. The war is between our Rothschild-Zio-controlled, megalomaniac, amoral Empire and Russia.  Sorry everyone but I chose Russia. It, and certainly not Trump, remains the only real hope for the survival of Western civilization and our hard-won rights against the continued plundering and destruction of everything that matters by the evil bastards who control our nations. 

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philipat FBaggins Sat, 03/24/2018 - 20:17 Permalink

"and that there is no plausible alternative explanation."

Actually there are several plausible alternative explanations involving MI-6, CIA and associated alternative State actors all of whom stand to benefit from the outcomes. These explanations are, of course, "not plausible" to these same actors because the truth would be quite inconvenient?

Meanwhile nothing to see here, move along. The Government would never lie to you........

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fleur de lis philipat Sat, 03/24/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

Skripal was mixed up in the Christopher Steele yarn.

That is for sure, and that means he is marked because he can be bought for something that really has nothing at all to do with him even as he lives in the safety of British retirement after dodging a KGB bullet.

No brains.

He was/is/always will be a loose end.

That is a very bad thing to be.

The only question is who hired the wet workers, and who were the wet workers, and where are the wet workers now.

And don't think they're done.

They screwed up this time ( which is a Langley sign ) but they will be more careful next time.

Maybe they will clean up a few other loose ends while the crazed and easily distracted MSM takes the heat off them by blaming Putin, and stupid Skirpal thinks he's safe.

But lie down with Deep State dogs get up with angry Deep State scorpions.

Skirpal needs to start writing.

 

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effendi philipat Sun, 03/25/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

The only plausible explanation is that Russia DIDN'T do it. Why would they use an a nerve agent that is linked to the former USSR when they have hundreds of better ways of killing people and making it look like a natural death? How do the British know how to identify and test for that obscure nerve agent unless they already have samples (or the formula) and thus the ability to use it themselves? An easy way to use a spent pawn by killing him and the blaming the Russians. With the benefit of extra funding for the UK spy agencies to deal with the "threat".  

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veritas semper… HowdyDoody Sat, 03/24/2018 - 13:54 Permalink

For all of you who still belong to the Donald's gallery of fans (some people are very slow learners or incapable of learning ) :

 The Donald made most of his campaign and won presidency based on the fake news that Russia meddled in his election. After he won,he continued to whine .on twitter mostly ,about this ( and he was right to complain about being falsely accused).

Some called this COURAGE to destroy the media.

I wouldn't call this "courage" : it  looks so much like hypocrisy and dishonesty (an American tradition).

What does he do as President ? He makes accusations ,spreads his very fake news about Russia /Syria that are not only equivalent to  MSM ,but worse,because he acts based on these fake news ,plain lies .

- based on fake news of Russia's interference he : Invaded Russia's Consulate in San Francisco ,like a Mafia Capo dei Capi , against international Vienna conventions ; he sanctions Russia ; he expels diplomats ,he organizes the very fake campaign against the Russian athletes and the Olympic boycott against Russia ;then he spreads incredible fake news regarding the Skripal's gassing ,in concert with UK /France/German liars ; and now ,he expels other diplomats . How is this for a good chemistry with Mr. Putin(the one that the Faggot didn't have?)

-how about the very fake news ,very fake news about Mr. Assad "gassing" his own people ? He even killed 16 Syrians with 59 beautiful Tomahawks because of this very fake news (4 children among them). He threatens to bomb Syria again based on fake chemical attacks(see what his attack dog at UNSC ,Nimrata Binomo Haley ,the AlQaeda spokesperson said : US is going to attack Syria and bomb Damascus ,acting alone, against UNSC ,against Russia)

-how about what his Generals/DOD  said when receiving Saudi's butcher? " they are congratulating him for the great humanitarian work in Syria/Yemen" I kid you not.

See how this works?

You want to be respected and get sympathy for being unjustly accused ? Then ,"don't do unto others what you wouldn't want done unto you !"

And to be very clear where this story about the  so called Russian spy is coming from , study this information: last year ,the State Department invested 150 Mil $ into Cambridge Analytica.

The Donald is so much involved into his very own ,very dangerously fake news ,that this is preventing me for having any sympathy for him.  This looks like a burlesque drama .
 

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JSBach1 veritas semper… Sat, 03/24/2018 - 14:40 Permalink

There is no proof that Russia did anything whatsoever to the Skripals because it wasn't involved and more so, would not benefit from such an assault. The level of hypocrisy and hysteria by ZUS and NATO is beyond the pale.

MoA has been one of the best on this topic:

 

Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can and have copied these. 'Novichok', they say,  is a just western propaganda invention. They see the British accusations as a cynical plot against Russia. The people who push the 'Novichok' accusations have political and commercial interests...

 Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/russian-scientists-explain-novicho… 

***Of note...read the comments exchange between user Old Microbiologist & Paveway IV (starting with comment 108)***

 

Also three days ago Craig Murray's website was hit by an unprecedented DDOS attacks:

 

We are experiencing a Denial of Service Attack on a massive scale. Our extremely experienced tech team – who are serious professionals who come from major IT players – have never defended an attack this big on which someone is spending real resources. 

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/massive-attack-on-this-… 

Resurgence of Hawks:

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/hawks-resurgent-in-washington/
 
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/john-bolton-a-man-with-a-hammer-lo…

Radio interview with Craig Murray about Skirpal attack:

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/craig-murray-radio-5-in…

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veritas semper… JSBach1 Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:54 Permalink

Yes. I know. I've read all these articles. Very good. Craig Murray (who is now under a very coordinated attack) ,The Saker,Moon of Alabama and the comments you are talking about.

Maybe we should forward them to the Donald ? But he does not read much,only Playboy magazines,TV guide  and watches Fox fake news ,with a so called " conservative" flavor.

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FoggyWorld HowdyDoody Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:06 Permalink

And it gives Mrs. May the out she is desperately looking for because she never wanted Brexit.  She's now going to next say that the UK better stay in the EU because they should all stick together to fight Russia, Russia, Russia.

Sort of amazing that the Brits are falling for this because their own scientists today came out and said whatever was used was not a Russian chemical.

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Prosource giovanni_f Sat, 03/24/2018 - 14:19 Permalink

He has read Fox's Book of Martyrs. And other less savory details and methods used in the Catholic Crusades. He probably decided long ago to comply with the Vatican and will continue to report directly to Timothy Dolan until given the order to hit the nuke button to facilitate the military or at least economic take out of Russia and the US simultaneously.  Mass protestant/infidel population reduction with well-funded fascist militaries assuming control.  Cue the chaos in 3.. 2 .. 1 ..

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greven40 Matteo S. Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:00 Permalink

Having grown up a zionist, in a zionist nuSynagogue aka "evangelical church", you're wrong.  The "jewish state" being called Israel despite contradicting the scriptures and betraying Christ, is a zionist invention, not "anglo-saxon".

If you went back 200 years, you wouldn't know the churches compared to what the have become now under the leaven of the Pharisees.  Even when the zionist doctrine began being pushed, the churches resisted, but the Pharisees just set up tents and started holding "tent revivals" to spread their new, strange doctrines.  Now,  you have these people, telling their congregations ever since I've been alive that Russia is Gog or Magog and will attack their beloved 'Israel" according to their false prophecy.  You can show them how their belief is directly contradictory to the scriptures and they will 99 out of 100 hold to their personal tradition every time.  We've come full circle, where the traditions of the Pharisees are being taught in nuSynagogues, and the mob that is shouting Crucify him are the self-labeling 'christians" who have swallowed the fables of Pharisaism(judaism).

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monk27 giovanni_f Sat, 03/24/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

Yep, Trump turned out to just another disappointment in a long list of "fake people" (aka American politicians). He will implode pretty soon as result of his own bad decisions. First bad decision was the appointments in his Administration, but the move that will really kill his chances is the new Trade War with everybody, and in particular with China. That will fuck-up our economy (i.e. the stock market, 'cause we don't have a real economy anymore), just in time for the fall elections. The GOP-ers will get crushed then, and everything else will be history...

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greven40 monk27 Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

The zombie R voters will support him all the way to the end, just like the Obamabots.  They are the manufactured consent that the US regime relies on to stay in power, along with the heavily armed, unconstitutional military empire of volunteer mercenaries who lie and swear to uphold and defend the Constitution, when they actually provide the force by which the regime violates the law.

The tiny fraction who recognize the lie may be able to swing an election, but even most of them seem to be stuck in R versus D mode and would just swing it back to the other wing of the same dirty bird.

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veritas semper… perikleous Sat, 03/24/2018 - 14:06 Permalink

No. This is secondary motive.

All this because Russia will not bend her knee.

Russia does not need so much the West/US ,but the West needs Russia,better said ,Russia's vast natural resources,her incredible wealth.( Remember what that psychopath ,war criminal ,Madelaine Albright said? "It is unfair that Russia has so many natural resources"). This will keep the bankrupt western banks afloat for another 100 years.

Because Russia ,together with China ,is engaged in demolishing the blood line of the west: its Financial system ,based on the petro-f*cking-dollar.

Because Russia is the main player in the OBOR plan and this will destroy the US/UK dominance as maritime trade controllers . The US power rests not only on the petro-dollar ,but on controlling the trade on the Oceans ,its a Maritime empire. See PNAC (Bolton was one of the authors) for more details ,see the 900+ US military bases.

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SoDamnMad sabaj49 Sat, 03/24/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

They tell me Russia poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skirpal  BUT show me absolutely no proof.

The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997 and with 96% of declared stockpiles destroyed by Jan 2018 and we find in this new $1.3 trillion budget deal  $961 million to destroy our chemical weapons which won't be completed until 2023.  The Russians however destroyed their weapons in line with the agreement and as vertified by the Chemical Convention verifiers.

Our new and improved John Bolton  has proceeded to attack nearly every major multilateral convention, including the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming, the Land Mines Convention in Ottawa and the International Criminal Court. Over the years, he also has taken on the Biological Weapons Convention and the World Trade Organization, among other multilateral treaties, and continues to do so.

So I guess Russia did it with the stockpiles they don't have but we negotiate to destroy stockpiles but we don't.

Yep got it. 

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MrSteve BaBaBouy Sat, 03/24/2018 - 13:09 Permalink

regarding the absence of proof and proof of absence in this matter::

Philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell insisted that for claims that cannot be refuted, the burden of proof rests upon those making such claims, not upon those who doubt them. To illustrate, he famously said that even though it could not be refuted, no one should believe him if he claimed, without proof, that a tiny teapot was orbiting the sun between the Earth and Mars. It is often impossible to prove a negative, i.e. that something does not exist.

This should clear up any questions on this "proof" issue!

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HRClinton BaBaBouy Sat, 03/24/2018 - 14:04 Permalink

Trump = Agent Orange

Trump/Sessions not locking up anyone in the Swamp.

We've been HAD. The mother-fucker (fig. and lit.) told us exactly what we wanted to hear, and 90% of Conservatives and Libertarians fell for it. As (((they))) knew we would.

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