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One day, I would like to have an entourage like that... armed guards and everything.

On Tuesday, the White House officially confirmed that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had an informal, second talk, in addition to their official meeting at the Group of 20 (G-20) conference in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Putin and Trump spoke at the G-20 heads of state dinner, only a few hours after their official meeting.

Reports have surfaced that in their second meeting, Trump and Putin spoke for about an hour, accompanied only by the Russian president’s translator. The second meeting between the two leaders had not been previously reported by the White House.

While the White House confirmed that President Trump and President Putin talked at the dinner for G-20 leaders, an official from the White House seemed to parry claims that the meeting lasted for an hour, instead claiming that the two leaders spoke “briefly” towards the end of the dinner.

“There was no ‘second meeting’ between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner,” the official said. “The insinuation that the White House has tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.”

According to the White House, the two leaders used Putin’s Russian translator since Trump’s translator could only speak Japanese.

A pool report from the dinner venue shows that Trump arrived at the dinner a little after 7 PM local time, and left the venue just a few minutes before midnight; even though the official G-20 schedule suggests the dinner was scheduled for 8:30 PM to 10 PM.

With the ongoing investigations, by both federal authorities and congressional committees, into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Moscow, Trump’s interaction with the Russian president have become the subject of intense scrutiny at home in the US, with the media also making it the center of attention.

However, the official from the White House reinstated the fact that it is the president’s job to talk to world leaders.

“It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders. Throughout the G-20 and in all his other foreign engagements, President Trump has demonstrated American leadership by representing our interests and values on the world stage,” the official said.

Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, believes Trump breached national security by not allowing his translator to join his second, informal meeting with the Russian president. However, it is more than likely that Trump did not have knowledge of the national security protocol.

The formal meeting between Trump and Putin at the G-20 summit was officially scheduled to last for 30 minutes, but went on for over two hours; another thing that is bothering the mainstream media and critics back home.

Talking to Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose, Bremmer said that the understanding Trump established with Putin at the summit is “clearly his best personal relationship” with any G-20 leader.

“Never in my life as a political scientist have I seen two countries — major countries — with a constellation of national interests that are as dissonant, while the two leaders seem to be doing everything possible to make nice and be close to each other,” he said.

Reports indicate that President Trump, during the formal meeting, brought up the topic of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential elections; however, Russian President Putin denied those claims.

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"I sure hope this Nigerian prince makes it to the US ok, I'm looking forward to enjoying my millions..."

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh shared a theory that former President Barack Obama may have chosen not to do anything about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections for a very peculiar reason: he simply didn’t want Hillary Clinton to become the president.

“People had that theory bandied about before the election,” Rush said, while talking on his radio show.

Limbaugh explained his theory step by step, talking about how the former president’s decision to not take any action may have impacted the elections.

“Bottom line, Obama hears about all of these efforts and the brave struggle to contain it begins, and Obama meets with experts and advisers. They advise him what to do. Obama gives his own counsel,” Limbaugh explained. “At the end of it all Obama decided to do nothing other than call Putin and say ‘cut it out,’ an act of bravery and courage unlike most other in American history. And after telling Putin to cut it out, he then confronted Putin again in China and said, ‘Stop it or else.’ Putin and the Russians quaking away, cowering in laughter at the bravery and courage of Barack Hussein O.”

According to Limbaugh, the Obama administration had a very good idea of what was going on with the alleged Russian interference, from August to November of last year. However, he did absolutely nothing to stop it.

Limbaugh furthered his talk, “Obama didn’t choke. He thought Hillary was gonna win! Trump’s exactly right about this. He thought Hillary was gonna win.”

He later added, “Folks, let’s play this out: what if there is another possibility here explaining why Obama didn’t do anything?”

“What if, as the story says, Putin was trying to elect Trump — again, I, on the record think this is bogus, but that’s what the story said — what if Obama knew Putin was trying to elect Trump and didn’t do anything to stop the Russians because he really didn’t want Hillary to win?”

He then said, “This story says Obama was scared to death it could be done, worried very seriously it was being done and decided to do nothing about it. So people are livid at Obama on the left, and that’s gonna be a larger theme going forward as this massive story gets digested by more and more people. But as it gets digested and as more and more people read it and absorb it, it’s going to also be seen for what it is: a giant, big batch of nothing where Trump is concerned. Big batch of nothing.”

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Suspicions are mounting in the death of a Russian Ambassadors death in New York City late Monday.

Vitaly Churkin fell ill in his New York City office and rushed to Columbia University Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead. The cause of Churkin’s death has not been announced.

Churkin, 64, has been a member of Russia’s United Nations envoy since 2006 and was very highly respected among his countrymen and the United Nations.

The UN held a moment of silence for Churkin on Tuesday, the same day that he would have turned 65.

Churkin’s death comes at a complicated time for Russian and American relationships.

The U.S. media has implicated the Russians in everything from hacking the DNC to rigging the elections to help Trump win, so the death comes at a time when tensions and conspiracy theories are on the rise regarding Russia.

Just an hour after Churkin’s death was announced, conspiracy theories started popping up all over the place. Some suggested Putin killed Churkin.

Then there are the conspiracy theories that say Trump was involved in death the Russian ambassador and they point to a meeting the two had over 30 years ago.

Vitaly Churkin will be missed by his colleagues at the UN and by the citizens of the country he loved very much.

It is too early to tell if any of the suspicions are true regarding the conspiracy theories, but most rationale people would suggest waiting until most of the facts come out before jumping to conclusions.

Thoughts? Comment below.

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While most Americans are watching football and worrying about Kim Kardashian getting robbed in Paris, Russia looks like it wants war.

Just in the past two weeks, there have been many developments between the relationships between our two countries.

Tensions have gotten so high in Russia that they have warned their people that nuclear war was possible.

Russia even launched a massive nuclear war training exercise that involved 40 million Russians practicing incase of war.

The training event involved citizens, police, fire, EMS and military working together to make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do if attacked.

Russia has also stepped up bomber flights near US bases around the world.

America seems to be taking the threats lightly and just recently Kerry shut down communications with Russia. That only lasted 48 hours until John Kerry, the Secretary of State opened up communication again.

We are not projecting power as a nation right now. Our population is divided over our election. Police is shooting black men and causing riots all while the world watches.

Hillary and the Democrats have blamed Russia for every cyber attack or email leak regardless of facts. It seems that they are doing their best to paint Russia as the enemy and Putin isn’t taking it sitting down.

Most of the recent tension stem from what is happening in Syria.

Russia is supporting the Syrian president Assad while America is hesitant to support the leader. America has armed rebels and Russia doesn’t like that the US is playing both sides.

Putin is very popular in Russia right now, and we have to deal with this growing threat.

Obama and Hillary pushed for a “Russia reset” after Bush left office, but now the relationship with Russia is worse than it has been in a long time.

Nuclear war is slowly becoming reality, but while Russians are training on what to do in a nuke strike, Americans are worrying about who should use what bathroom.

If there was ever a time in our history that our nation was distracted and ill prepared for world war, it is now.

Do you think we will be in a war with Russia within a year? Let us know in the comments below.

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A horrific car crash took the life of the chauffeur of Vladimir Putin, but could this be a way of sending a message to the Russian leader?

While Putin was in China for the G20 meeting, his driver was in Russia driving in the capitol city when a Mercedes crossed the median and hit the leader’s car on the driver’s side.

The chauffeur was killed instantly and the driver of the Mercedes is in critical condition.

If you watch the video, it is hard to tell if the car turned deliberately into the other lane or was it an accident.

Some pro Russian websites are calling it a conspiracy and blaming the west for the crash.

The conspiracies claim that this was a message to Putin back down and don’t fight the globalist agenda.

The crash and the death of the chauffeur could be a message or it could be a random car accident.

We don’t know yet, but with all the tensions between the west and Russia, it could be used to fire up the Russians to support a military response.

While conspiracies loom and we wait for more facts, we can now watch as this crash fuels an already tense situation. The death of Putin’s favorite chauffeur will deepen the animosity between Russia and the west at a time when we don’t need any more threats.

Do you think the crash was a mistake or a message? Let us know in the comments below.

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If you turn on the news all we hear about is Trump said this and Clinton lied about that, but while we are distracted, Russian troops are moving into place.

Even though the Olympics have offered a nice distraction, and in some cases offered inspiration to many around the world by showing what global unity could look like.

While the best in the world are competing for dominance in Rio, Vladimir Putin has amassed an impressive force on the Ukrainian border.

In the past few years under Obama and Clinton’s “Russian reset”, Putin has taken control of NATO soil in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. Now Putin is building up for what looks like another show of force.

Russia has placed 40,000 troops and thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and fighter jets along the border.

There are reports that Putin has even installed a missile defense system close to the border with Ukraine as well.

The troop buildup is spread out over eight strategic locations along the border that appears to be designed for an invasion.

We can’t forget that Russia invaded and took over Crimea and parts of Ukraine already and they might be poised to make the move for the rest of the country.

The timing of this seems very suspicious due to the American elections.

Regardless of who wins in November, there will be a transitional period in America and possibly Russia is using that to their advantage.

Another thought that has surfaced is that Russia has leverage on Hillary and Obama due to recent cyber hacks on the DNC, Hillary’s home server and now the Clinton foundation.

The timing could be just coincidental and Putin is ready to make his move and he doesn’t care what anyone else is doing. One thing we do know for sure is that the people of Ukraine are going to need some serious help if Russia attacks, and are our leaders ready to support another ground war? Especially one against Russia?

What do you think of Russia’s buildup on the Ukrainian border? Let us know in the comments below.

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Looks like Russian President Vladimir Putin has only nice things to say about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump:

“He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented,” Putin said to journalists, during a press conference in Moscow.

He added: “It’s not up to us to judge his virtue, that is up to US voters, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race.”

Putin also said that, while he was “ready to work with any president chosen by the American people,” he would “welcome” a Trump presidency:

“He says that he wants a different level of relations, tighter and deeper relations with Russia, how can we not welcome that?” Putin said. Of course we welcome it.”

Trump and Putin have met once, in a backstage green room when they were both speaking at the same event (according to Trump, at the fourth Republican debate last month.) And clearly, Putin sees someone he can work with in the bombastic billionaire.

Putin is often seen as an adversary of the U.S. that needs to be kept in line by a powerful American President—one who isn’t afraid to push back on Russia’s ambitions in places like Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, which were both invaded by Putin in 2013.

But Putin could also be a key partner in many regions of the world, like Syria—pending Putin is engaged by a leader with whom he shares a mutual respect.

Trump who, in many ways, is cut from the same bombastic and self-promoting cloth as Putin, could be that leader–and theoretically get a lot of positive interaction with the Russian President. At least compared to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who infamously planned to hit the “reset button” on relations with Putin, only to see Putin outmaneuver and circumvent them on many strategic decisions.

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In a new attack from an old foe, NBC reported Thursday that Russians hacked Pentagon computers under the auspices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. US officials said that a “sophisticated cyber intrusion” occurred on July 25th, compromising 4,000 military and civilian personnel.

While the officials couldn’t specifically implicate the Russian government, the attack came from an automated system that gathered mass quantities of data before re-distributing it to thousands of accounts online within a minute. Given the sophistication of the breach, the US officials indicated “it was clearly the work of a state actor,” but did not rule out the possibility of individual actors with high-level access as opposed to direct state action.

Apparently no classified information was stolen. In order to maintain the security of that information, the Pentagon shut down the entire compromised e-mail system immediately. The system has yet to go online.

The Daily Beast reported that the attacks were of a variety known as “spear phishing,” in which hackers use legitimate accounts to send out legitimate-seeming e-mails to gather information from other accounts. Officials say the attacks were specifically targeting the Joint Staff.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in June that Russia was also behind a Department of Defense cyber intrusion in April, stating “(The hackers) discovered an old vulnerability in one of our legacy networks that hadn’t been patched. While it’s worrisome they achieved some unauthorized access to our unclassified network, we quickly identified the compromise, and had a crack team of incident responders hunting the intruders within 24 hours.”

DoD also blamed Russian hackers for a March cyber-attack. After that intrusion, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “the Russian cyber-threat is more severe than we had previously assessed.” According to officials, Russians also hacked into White House files to the extent that they gleaned the president’s personal schedule.

Other recent hacks were frequently blamed on the Chinese. The major data breach, as we reported, was the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack in December. Millions of federal employees – in fact, every single one – had their personal data stolen in the largest data theft in US government history. Officials blamed Chinese hackers, but, as now with the Russian hacks, stopped short of blaming the Chinese government directly.

In the wake of all of these incidents, government officials have opined that the Obama administration needs to tighten cybersecurity. Still, the hacks just keep coming and the administration keeps noting the need for more security.

It shouldn’t be too surprising – an administration that allows its Secretary of State to carry out official state business on a personal server instead of a more secure state server cannot be trusted to take security seriously.

This problem stretches back to the previous Democratic administration as well, when Bill Clinton was known to lose track of things as important as the president’s nuclear codes, and phone conversations were regularly recorded by foreign governments.

As time goes on, and the hacks pile up, it is becoming increasingly clear that the administration is not concerned enough about cybersecurity to keep America safe. Hopefully the next administration will be.

 

 

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