С новым годом from Vlad -- Russian President Refuses to Retaliate for Expulsion of 35 Diplomats, Prepares for Improved Relations with PEOTUS Trump, Wishes Americans a Happy New Year

Petulant and Puerile POTUS Barry Throws a Tantrum and Destroys What’s Left of His Horrid Record https://t.co/ZMynKnx6IN

— Lionel (@LionelMedia) December 30, 2016

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. — Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (h/t to the Conservative Treehouse blog for this appropo quote from a classic published in Anno Domini 1515 - JWS)”

— http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince.pdf

A dissenting view...courtesy of @BanksterSlayer and Brandon Smith of Alt-Market...JWS

#Winning#Classy#ActingPresidential

If you dangle bait in front of Putin, he takes that fishing line and strangles you with it.#NMThttps://t.co/G1rSY4TVcy

— BANKSTER SLAYER (@banksterslayer) December 30, 2016

Consider this theory : Obama only does what he's told. Today's sanctions were placed to MAKE Trump look good when he rescinds the order.

— BANKSTER SLAYER (@banksterslayer) December 30, 2016

"Trump Is Exactly Where The Elites Want Him" by Brandon Smith

"...appears to be perfect antithesis to Hillary..."https://t.co/AtsIXW3IJb

— BANKSTER SLAYER (@banksterslayer) December 30, 2016

Pleased to see a mature response from Putin. A @realDonaldTrump presidency can't come soon enough.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 30, 2016

.@AmbJohnBolton: "If [@BarackObama] really thinks he can box the new #Trump administration in, he's sadly mistaken." #Hannitypic.twitter.com/3LaBoeTzY7

— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 31, 2016

The Guerrilla just got this in the mail today. Yep Trump is still on there. pic.twitter.com/BpyxYi15AP

— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) December 25, 2016

#Putin: We regard recent unfriendly USA steps as provocative and aimed at further weakening relations with Russia https://t.co/p8iCM9TfANpic.twitter.com/NgvFGC0BWo

— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) December 30, 2016

“We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.

As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.

It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.

My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.

I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.”

— http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53678

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016

Russians are playing @CNN and @NBCNews for such fools - funny to watch, they don't have a clue! @FoxNews totally gets it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016