President Trump Expels Diplomats to Leverage Peace with Russia
Today, President Trump expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle. More than a dozen European leaders followed suit. Under most circumstances, such a move would be a troubling signal that a war with Russia may be approaching. I would like to suggest that these measures cannot be interpreted through the usual geopolitical filters because Trump is not an ordinary President.
During his campaign, Trump suggested (to the dismay of his opponents) that getting along with Russia would be a good thing. Since he’s become President, he hasn’t changed his views.
Since he’s repeatedly said that getting along with Russia is his goal, we should reject any narrative suggesting that he has a different goal. He has no intention of starting a war. Peace with Russia and her allies is and always has been his goal. The question then is understanding the strategies and tactics he’s using to accomplish that goal.
I wrote previously about how Trump used unconventional strategies and tactics to get China to facilitate peace walks with Korth Korea. I also wrote about his next goal of making peace with Iran. The strategy Trump used on President Xi Jinping of China is the same one he’s using with Vladimir Putin. He’s creating leverage that will place Putin in a difficult spot in the hope that the Russian President will ask Trump for terms of peace. I explain his strategy in more detail in the video below.