Trump congratulated Putin – though not surprisingly – on some of his best national security advisers. Aides said it was not clear if a meeting with Putin would take place, as Trump suggests a meeting with foreign leaders as a routine joke during almost all his talks.
An argument that national presidential national security advisors have proven successful in convincing Trump Adopting an aggressive policy on Russia means that Putin is responding to strength and the road to better relations is hardening, officials said.
One official described it as a way to "motivate" Trump on Russia.
He digs in his heels, "the official said." He believes that a better relationship with Russia is good for the US, and he really believes he can deliver it. "
In addition, Trump said That a better US-Russia relationship could prove he can achieve it. [1
Rex Tillerson, Trump's outgoing foreign minister, persuaded Trump to approve the new weapons for Ukraine, officials said, and the plan, which Russia rejected, included the sale of US anti-tank missiles Kiev had been demanding from Washington for years, and President Barack Obama had repeatedly refused to agree to Ukraine's request, fearing it would escalate tensions between the US and Russia.
Tillerson planned a meeting with the President to discuss the plan shortly after the National Security Team approved him last summer. Over the next few months, officials reported on Trump at his regular meetings.
While politics awaited his signature on his desk, the president expressed concern that it would escalate tensions with Russia and lead to a larger conflict, officials said. They said he also saw Ukraine as a problem for Europe and asked why he had to do something about it. And he insisted that Ukraine buy weapons from the US, did not receive them in vain, officials said before taking up politics in December.
"Tillerson has just knocked him down," said a White House official.
But Trump's ambivalence does not end, officials said. In one case, Trump complained to his National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said that his decision could really escalate the situation in Ukraine into a war. McMaster, who was recently overthrown, responded by telling the President that there is already a war that Trump shot back on, that the US is not in it, an official said.
Last week, when the president's national security team had options for responding to the Russian mad attack in the UK, Trump had a now-known complaint. He said he would not take dramatic steps against Russia unless they were treated equally by America's European allies. His edict helped Corral get an answer containing expulsions from more than 100 Russian diplomats in more than two dozen countries.
Trump was featured last Friday at a meeting with his national security team with three options, officials said. He opted for the middle option, which was most convinced of the idea that if Russia changed its behavior, it would not have needed the shrill measures, and if it did not have any extra measures, officials might say