The BBC asks if Trump is The Kremlin Candidate! Accusing the President-elect and top members of his team of being under Russian influence, a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Panorama documentary by John Sweeney has gone big on last week’s Russian dossier allegations and created a narrative of Russian influence forging a fragile Trump-Putin “bromance”. This document has of course been trashed as ‘Garbage’ in most circles.
Speaking to Panorama‘s John Sweeney, a former director of the CIA intelligence agency, which President-Elect Trump called out in his press conference last week, suggested Trump “is playing into Russian hands here”, before implying he was Russia’s “useful idiot”. As to whether the Kremlin “may have” damaging information on Trump acquired through espionage, former director John McLaughlin concluded, “I think it prudent to assume that is the case”.
Despite the narrative of a significant relationship between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin the BBC created in the Panorama programme, there was also a substantial focus on the idea this would create more instability and conflict, not less over the course of the Trump presidency. Journalist Anne Applebaum told Panorama that despite Trump’s hope to broker a nuclear disarmament deal with Russia once in office, he would bring the world closer to nuclear war. She said:
“I think democracy is in trouble. I think the example Trump set in the way he conducted and ran his election campaign, his use of open lies, fake news, the hint of violence, I think all of this is incredibly damaging for democracy… I haven’t been sleeping well since the invasion of Crimea.
“I have since then began to worry what Russia’s aims are in Europe, and about the possibility of a nuclear or conventional clash of an incredibly dangerous kind in the Baltic states, in central Europe, and Ukraine. Having Trump in the White House does not make me feel better.”
Doubling down on the nuclear war scaremongering, Sweeney concluded with the same message — that despite all indications to the contrary, war was coming. He said:
“Whatever the truth, Trump is locked in a strange embrace with Vladimir Putin. An ally that could so easily become an adversary. If the bromance ends and Donald Trump falls out with President Putin, to put it mildly, that’s not good. We face the prospect of a grand new Cold War, colder than ever before.”
You can watch the documentary here: