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The US media and the Russian Caesar

Any observer of US left-wing media outlets will be aware that it can be so opinionated that it could go the extent of threatening national security. What this media has been doing in the past two years against Trump serves the interest of Russia. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, it has promoted Russian influence which has been able to penetrate more than 16 US security agencies, including the CIA and FBI, and also intervened in the course of the 2016 US elections.

Trump’s travails

This does not mean that Trump has been free of mistakes whether in dealing with Russian intervention or over the media issue. His stubbornness and ego have partly contributed to the problem. However, the crisis has clearly exposed how extreme the leftist media is, which has often accused the right-wing media of extremism!

Putin must be thrilled by watching the crisis between Trump and the media. The American media, which has long worried Russia and the Soviet Union, is now targeting the US president, instead of attacking the US’ enemies

Ahmad al-Farraj

Putin must be thrilled by watching the crisis between Trump and the media. The American media, which has long worried Russia and the Soviet Union, is now targeting the US president, instead of attacking the US’ enemies. Trump’s problem with the Russians is complicated, as Russia’s involvement in the last US elections has been proven by US security services, but they have not been able to prove that Trump had anything to do with it. Meanwhile the Leftist media is trying to implicate him by any means in order to start impeachment proceedings against him. As Trump was a billionaire since early childhood, he is used to having the upper hand. He does not take the attack of the media against him lightly. Therefore, he has decided to taunt the media, which has exacerbated the problem and almost about to disrupt the work of the US administration.

Why so soft on Russia

Thomas Friedman, a columnist in the New York Times which is considered Trump’s fiercest critic, has raised aspersions at Trump’s non-confrontationist approach towards Russia, particularly on the issue of its interference in the US’ most important matter of democracy. Friedman cited some media reports that Russia possesses a scandalous tape of Trump during one of his stays at a Moscow hotel when he was organizing the Miss World contests, which implies that Trump is probably facing Russian blackmail. This accusation cannot be confirmed nor denied as it might be fabricated by Trump’s adversaries. Probably, Trump believes that good relations with Russia may facilitate resolving current issues between the two countries and resolve several international issues and crises.

The Left media is contributing to disrupting President Trump’s work and to supporting and strengthening US’ fierce opponent, Vladimir Putin. So for how long would this absurdity go on?

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Dr Ahmad al-Farraj is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah daily. He holds a Masters degree in literature from the University of Indiana and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He was the Dean of the Arabic Language Institute in King Saud University and a member of the university’s council. He tweets under @amhfarraj
 

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