Putin Mocks Democrats, Exchanges Holiday Greetings and Hopes for Successful Negotiations in 2017 with President-elect Trump

Despite legacy media claims that the two sides are flexing nuclear muscles in Cold War 2.0, with Putin vowing to continue the modernization of Russia's missile force to defeat any ABM system while Trump tweeted this week that the American atomic arsenal must be upgraded, the two leaders appear off to a friendly start.

During his year end presser, Putin gave Trump credit for his underdog win that stunned the trans-Atlantic press and political class, pointedly adding that the Russians saw DJT's success coming before the Anglo-American Establishment took The Donald seriously:

“Right up to the end, nobody believed he would win — except us.” He credited Trump’s victory to his ability to keep his “finger on the pulse of the mood of society” adding that Trump “went all the way, even though no one believed that he would win, apart from you and me.”

The Russian president said on Friday he wanted constructive relations with the United States under President-elect Donald Trump.

Putin also acknowledged his own rising support among Republican voters in the US: “I don’t put it down to me, the fact that a large part of Republican voters support the Russian president,” he said. “It means that a large part of the American people have the same idea of how the world should be, of our common dangers and problems.”

Additionally, Putin addressed Trump’s comments about the need to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying they were perfectly normal. Trump’s comments, made in a tweet on Thursday, seemingly in response to Putin’s own comments earlier in the day. But Putin said he was surprised by the fuss Trump’s tweet had caused and how it had been linked to his own statements about Russia’s plans to modernize its own nuclear arsenal.

Putin said on Thursday Russia’s military was “stronger than any potential aggressor”. He made clear on Friday he did not regard the United States as a potential aggressor.

”I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military was the most powerful in the world,” said Putin.

”Nobody is arguing with that.”

— http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-23/putin-slams-us-democratic-party-shameless-losers-says-russia-alone-believed-trumps-v

Before some RogueMoney readers get too worked up about Trump's rhetoric over nukes, it appears Vlad understands the basic idea expressed in The Art of the Deal quite well (one wonders if a new Russian translation of The Donald's classic will be appearing at the Biblio Globus book store across from the Lubyanka in Moscow by January 20). That is, always start any negotiation with the maximal, even completely unreasonable demands. Then proceed from the other guy's counteroffer to 'the deal'. Putin remains confident, it appears, that Donald J. Trump, unlike Barack Hussein Obama, is a man with whom Russia can do business. For one thing, Trump unlike Obama is going to be a Commander in Chief capable of actually standing up to his own Deep State (see lame duck Secretary of State John Kerry's pathetic admission this past week that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter basically sabotaged his deal to jointly target ISIS and Al-Qaeda reached with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov):

(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said its Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson gave U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a personal commitment to bring down the price of its F-35 fighter jet, after he heaped pressure on the aerospace company over the cost.

Lockheed’s shares fell on Friday after Trump’s message on Twitter, and after he earlier tweeted that he had asked rival Boeing Co to “price-out” an older aircraft as an alternative.

Hewson said in a statement tweeted by Lockheed that the company would “aggressively” drive down the cost of the F-35, which brought in about 20 percent of Lockheed’s sales last year.

— https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/12/23/more-what-oh-yeah-more-winning-lockheed-martin-ceo-pledges-to-aggressively-save-taxpayer-money/#more-126194

Putin also understands full well that Trump may be compensating the American military industrial complex to some extent via a modernization of the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal for eventually cancelling or at least radically curtailing the flying turkey F-35 program and the costly Air Force One replacement. As much as Russia may criticize the modernization of U.S. B-61 tactical nuclear warheads in Europe (which we hope to Allah have all been quietly pulled out of Incirlik and Turkey by now), Trump can always point to the presence of those nukes when accused of being 'soft on Putin' after making concessions to reduce the irritating but ultimately not effective U.S./NATO troop levels on Russia's borders.

As Putin told one of Italy's leading newspapers many months ago, Russia would have to be insane to attack NATO. The hysteria over a potential Russian incursion into the Baltic states and Moscow risking a nuclear war over some ethnic Russians in Narva (an Estonian border city) is akin to the Chinese or Russians worrying the Americans will invade Panama for the second time since 1989. As long as Trump is in the White House, that isn't going to happen. But what will happen in 2017-18 is the discrediting of hardcore globalist politicians masquerading as loyal Atlanticists, like Angela Merkel. Whose defenders in the Atlanticist media, including Buzzfeed News and taxpayer-funded RFE/RL, insist the German Chancellor is now the prime target of the alleged Russian troll bots that helped elect Donald J. Trump in November.

“These are Merkel’s dead,” tweeted Marcus Pretzell of the far-right Alternative for Germany about the victims in the Christmas mart.

Nicholas Farage, who led the campaign for British secession from the EU, called the Christmas massacre “the Merkel legacy.”

Europe’s populist right is laying this act of Islamist savagery at the feet of Merkel for her having opened Germany in 2015 to a million migrants and refugees from Syria and the Middle East wars.

Before Berlin, she was already on the defensive after mobs of migrants went about molesting and raping German girls in Cologne last New Year’s Eve.

Even admirers who share her belief in a Europe of open borders, that welcomes immigrants and refugees from Third World wars and despotisms, sense the gravity of Merkel’s crisis.

“Germans should not let the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin undermine liberal values,” ran the headline on The Washington Post editorial Dec. 22. Alarmed, the Post went on:

“What Germany cannot and must not do is … succumb to the siren song of the anti-foreigner right-wing, which has been gaining strength across Europe and moved immediately to exploit the attack ahead of the September 2017 national elections.”

The New York Times delivered its customary castigation of the European populist right but, in a note of near-desperation, if not of despair, implored Europe’s liberals not to lose faith.

“With each new attack, whether on a Christmas market or a mosque, the challenge to Europe to defend tolerance, inclusion, equality and reason grows more daunting. If Europe is to survive as a beacon of democratic hope in a world rent by violent divisions, it must not cede those values.”

But less and less does Europe appear to be listening.

— http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/europes-future-merkel-or-le-pen/

It may very well be this dynamic, which has the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) crowd accusing Trump of having an itchy trigger finger on the nuclear button, while resenting The Donald's plans to pull back from his predecessor's reckless but globalist approved provocations against Russian interests in Ukraine and Syria. In other words, the same (P)MSNBC and 'experts' aired on CNN who claim Trump is too close to Putin are now saying The Donald is going to start a costly nuclear arms race with the Russians. Don't believe them on either score, as these people can't keep track of their own cognitive dissonance which is actually (as the Guerrilla likes to say) blustering panic over their 'obso-elites' irrelevance.