If that happens, the EU ruling will be another personal disgrace to President Donald Trump for his perverted pandemic management. The president often explodes at spotlights. But since it pretty much ignores the Covid-19 crisis in the U.S., it could let this slip. In addition, as the White House has already pointed out, European entry into the United States has already been suspended.
The shortage of American tourists will harm the closed European tourism economy. Millions bring their dollars across the Atlantic every year, attracted by the history, cuisine and ambiance of the continent. Italy, France, Germany and Spain greet most Americans, according to EU data. But until the two-way flow between the Old and New Worlds is restored, the noises of adoration of visitors to European cathedrals and museums who are not sure some of them have heard American lithe will disappear.
See you next year, hopefully.
“Oh God, don’t make a phone call”
Among the revelations: Erdogan’s call time was so perfect that some employees wondered if he had access to Trump’s personal schedule. And Trump’s deployment of Merkel was “so unusual” that special measures had to be taken in Berlin to ensure that the specific contents of the call remained secret, a German official said. No wonder employees grit their teeth when the president’s fingers follow the phone.
Spies who like spotlights
However, she added, the operation of placing awards on U.S. troops would be far more provocative and a “different thing” than her typical behavior. “It’s in conflict with what Russian official policy is,” she said. In other words, the alleged GRU operation aimed at U.S. and coalition troops could have a backlash: potentially disrupt U.S. support for the withdrawal or perhaps trigger new sanctions on Russia.
Intelligence experts say the Salisbury poisoning – which led Bellingcat’s investigative department to expose alleged GRU operatives through open source research – showed a pattern of recklessness and overt brutality rather than a covert approach to spyraft. And that sent a message to the enemies of the GRU.
“It was a pattern we saw many times in Ukraine,” Weiss said, referring to Russian intelligence activities there. “The Kremlin is hardly a well-oiled machine, but from time to time, Putin – whether he denies harsh Russian crimes or throws a security blanket at his security plant – does little to improve Russia’s international image.” – Writes CNN’s Nathan Hodge from London at the time
Trump says he was never informed of the alleged GRU scheme. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Democratic House President Nancy Pelosi replied: “If they had such intelligence, they should inform the president. Why not? Because they know it makes him very unhappy, and all roads for him lead to Putin” – a phrase that has previously used Trump’s scandals surrounding meddling in Ukraine and Russia.