Krauthammer: Russia compares Trump Cuba plan to ‘Cold War’

Charles Krauthammer reacted to Russia accusing the U.S. of returning to ‘Cold War rhetoric” on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday saying “we’ve been in a new Cold War ever since Putin came into power, but it’s not exactly at the same level of risk as the old Cold War.”

Russia made the accusation on Sunday after President Trump’s decision to reinstate some sanctions on Cuba. “The Russians are very careful. They made a similar announcement after we did the tomahawk attack with the cruise missiles that we would cut off communications. It didn’t happen,” argued Krauthammer. “It sounds as if there is a lot of bark here coming out of the defense ministry from Moscow.”

Krauthammer also said the larger picture involves a “post-ISIS Syria” adding, “they both assume that ISIS is going to be wiped away fairly soon and the question is will Syria, will Assad be able to restore what the Russians and Iranians full control of the country including the part that is now ISIS or will that be a kind of semi-independent rebel territory and Assad regime will be kind of a mini state. That’s what this maneuvering is about. I don’t expect that we’re going to have a conflict with the Russians, but we are going to have a long tussle on the ground with the forces who support Assad and the forces who are against taking over in the absence of ISIS in a few months. "

Krauthammer: Trump’s tweet teasing the media

Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday that many of Trump’s tweets are “a tease” for the country and particularly members of the media adding “it’s all smoke.”

“I think he particularly enjoys keeping the country, particularly the media, hanging on his every word,” said Krauthammer. “I have nothing against Ivanka Trump. I think she's done a splendid job in a pretty difficult situation, but it’s a little rich when the Trump family is complaining about the viciousness considering what her dad called ‘Little Marco,’ ‘Lyin’ Ted’ and ‘Crooked Hillary’ as sort of three random characterizations from the campaign. So, I mean he's pretty good at the street fight and what he's getting is a street fight back.”

Although Krauthammer also claimed a large part of the problem included democrats who do not accept the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency arguing “[Trump] is the president. He deserves at least a chance to govern.” 

Krauthammer says U.S. missile defense test “a big deal”

Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday that the Pentagon’s successful test of its missile defense program by destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack is “a big deal and it’s just in time.”

“We really are reaching important history where we are going to be susceptible to a rouge state meaning North Korea could be Iran later hitting the homeland with a nuclear weapon and we need a way to shoot it down,” said Krauthammer. “As of a few years ago, we have no way to do it. Americans didn’t understand that is a missile was launched at us there is no way to stop it. It’s going to hit.”

“What we need to do now is to mass produce these to put them up in Alaska and in California because the North Koreans have announced they will start to mass produce their rockets and they have shown tremendous advance in their rockets even in the last couple of months so this is a race between offense and defense and thank god our defense appears to be working.”

Krauthammer on Trump-Russia collusion: “I don’t trust the story”

Charles Krathammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday that he is skeptical about the Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ conspiracy theory.

I don’t trust the story,” Krauthammer said. “The Russians are leaking it clearly on a channel we know we’re going to pick up. The Russians are masters of disinformation and they already have Washington with its knickers in a twist over the Russia conspiracy.”

Krauthammer also mentioned these kinds of negotiations with foreign countries happen all the time adding, “I don’t quite understand. Where is the crime other than it’s another piece that has Russia in the headline, Trump people in the headline and thus it’s supposed to be scandalous. Show me.”

Krauthammer: POTUS trip will “have reverberations for many years. That’s the story.”

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday’s "Special Report with Bret Baier" that President Trump's first foreign trip represents " a new day in the Middle East."

While the trip’s theme was to bring the three great religions together in a nonpolitical way, Krauthammer says the real story is not the visit to the Vatican or Israel, but instead “it’s the realignment of American policy over Iran.” 

The syndicated columnist said it’s important to get the fifty Sunni nations lined up with Saudi Arabia behind the U.S.

Krauthammer added that the trip will “have reverberations for many years. That’s the story.”  He said that “America’s back, that’s the story and the consequences are going to be immense.”

 

York: Appointment of Special Counsel Could Drag Investigation to 2020 Presidential Election

Byron York told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that the appointment of a special counsel for the Russian investigation means the probe could drag on for years and years, even into the next presidential election.

The Deputy Attorney General named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

York says that while the choice is a good one, it will still bother Capitol Hill Republican members.   "'He's a very respected man but they [Republicans] are worried about a wild goose chase," the Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner stated. 

York even shared with viewers what one current lawmaker told him.  "A U.S. Senator just said to me, 'it matters what the word matters means and what the word directly means.'" 

York explained the senator was referencing the 2003 case in which a special counsel was appointed to find out who leaked the name of a CIA operative to the press.  The Washington Examiner correspondent pointed out that that case was "followed by years and years of investigation.”  And as a result, York said, “we will be talking about this investigation in 2020."  

Krauthammer: “Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to breaking allegations about President Trump by the New York Times, “I think what is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here.”

“Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” Krauthammer continued.

Late Tuesday the New York Times published a story which stated that Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to end a federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn in a February Oval Office meeting. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, writing that Trump told him “I hope you can let this go.” The White House has denied the report.

Krauthammer: Timing of Comey firing “inexplicable”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the timing of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is “inexplicable.”

“This is about – according to the letter by the deputy attorney general – this is about something that occurred on July the 5th. This, it, so we start out with something that is highly implausible,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that if Trump had wanted to remove Comey from his position, he could have done it earlier.

“If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, what you would have done is in the transition you would have spoken with Comey and said we’re going to let you know. That’s when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change. That’s not unprecedented,” Krauthammer commented. 

Krauthammer: On Sally Yates Testimony "We learned nothing today"

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” we learned nothing from the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testimony before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.  "There was nothing that was said today that we didn't already know.”  He added that the hearings only helped make Sally Yates a house hold name.

Krauthammer said "The only result of these hours of hearings is that Sally Yates is now a democratic star and she needs to pick a state and run for the senate.  She is a rising candidate for the future."  

Krauthammer: Shutdown is not a strategy, nuclear option is a strategy.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that suggestions from President Trump of a government shutdown later this year if a  long-term budget deal is not reached would be the wrong approach.  

Krauthammer strategy said Republican leaders in the Senate already have a solution that worked successfully on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice  Neil Gorsuch. While the nuclear option—requiring only a simple 51-vote majority instead of a 60-vote threshold—should be applied to a wider range of legislation.

“If you control the White House and the Senate and the House, and you can't get anything done, because you're eight votes short of 60-percent,” then said Krauthammer, “a reasonable thing to is… drop the nuclear option on you and then we'll be able to pass our legislation.”

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