Trump defied own aides in congratulating Putin on win 

your say March 22, 2018 01:00

Re: “To find who poisoned the Salisbury spy, ask ‘who benefits?’”, Have Your Say, yesterday.

I am unconvinced by Clara Holzer’s claim that US President Donald Trump is “correct to say that we should wait for the facts before commenting” on the UK spy poisoning.  

He reality is that Prime Minister Theresa May would not have spoken out to accuse Russia unless she had solid evidence of Moscow’s involvement in the nerve-agent attack.

If President Trump was not sufficiently convinced about the UK poisoning claim, all he needed to do was call PM May for a full explanation of the evidence. Instead, he chose to publicly cast doubt on the words of America’s closest ally.

Ms Holzer could also explain why Trump did not hesitate to make a call to President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, congratulating the Russian leader on his election victory on Sunday. Among those protesting that move was Republican Senator John McCain, who echoed the view of many in saying Putin had won a “sham election”.

Holzer might also ask why Trump acted against specific warnings delivered by White House aides, who handed him briefing notes with “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” written in bold letters.

Chavalit Wannawijitr

Chiang Mai