REVEALED: Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

REVEALED: Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia

This article from Bloomberg is three years old, so I’m not sure why it is suddenly coming to life other than people are defending President Trump and Jared Kushner over the supposed back-channels that were arranged with the Russian ambassador before Trump was elected. It is quite true that Obama and Kerry went far more out of their way to set up backdoor communications with the Russians… they certainly had more time and people to do so. The media and the ‘Deep State’ have been making serious allegations against Kushner and they are actively trying to push him out of Trump’s administration. It’s not going to happen.

Matt Drudge dug up the Bloomberg article to even the scales a bit here. It shows how big the double standard is. As far as I know, though ill-advised and dangerous, what Kushner did was not illegal or unethical. What Obama and Kerry did was just that. They made deals with every enemy we had and most of it was behind the scenes. Notably, the Iran deal comes to mind and they are allies of Russia’s. The hypocrisy is thick with this one… somehow it’s okay for Obama to set up back-channels of communication with the Russians while Trump’s efforts to do the same are labeled “espionage.”

From Bloomberg:

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President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.

This month, Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.

“I don’t think that anybody at this point is under the impression that a wholesale reset of our relationship is possible at this time, but we might as well test out what they are actually willing to do,” a senior administration official told me. “Our theory of this all along has been, let’s see what’s there. Regardless of the likelihood of success.”

Leading the charge has been Secretary of State John Kerry. This fall, Kerry even proposed going to Moscow and meeting with Putin directly. The negotiations over Kerry’s trip got to the point of scheduling, but ultimately were scuttled because there was little prospect of demonstrable progress.

Vladimir Putin uses people. Obama and Kerry were useful idiots and he played them. Kushner may be naive here, but he’s not an idiot and the back channels were halted when Trump was elected. You can’t say that with Obama. They were widened under his presidency. After all, Obama was ‘flexible’ with the Russians.

Which brings me to the question of why anyone needs back-channels with the Russians? They are our enemy… they are not an ally and they are not going to help us if it does not benefit them. They are communists. The Cold War did not end, it shifted and the Evil Empire of Russia is still very much in play. This is where I disagree with many others. You cannot trust the Russians or do business with them like you can other countries. They are ALWAYS looking for a way to infiltrate and manipulate us, just like they did Barack Obama. Back-channels were a bad idea then and they still are.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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