Friday, February 17, 2017

Your Anee, Uhm...?

#POTUS45 during his recent press conference deflected questions regarding his reponse to Russia's recent military provocations of the US.

The elevelant portion of the transcript of the conversation is as follows:

QUESTION: Mr. President, you mentioned Russia. Let’s talk about some serious issues that have come up in the last week that you have had to deal with as president of the United States.


QUESTION: You mentioned the vessel — the spy vessel off the coast of the United States.

TRUMP: Not good.

QUESTION: There was a ballistic missile test that many interpret as a violation of an agreement between the two countries; and a Russian plane buzzed a U.S. destroyer.

TRUMP: Not good.

QUESTION: I listened to you during the campaign ...

TRUMP: Excuse me, excuse me. When did it happen? It happened when, if you were Putin right now, you would say, “Hey, we’re back to the old games with the United States; there’s no way Trump can ever do a deal with us.” Because the — you have to understand. If I was just brutal on Russia right now, just brutal, people would say, you would say, “Oh, isn’t that wonderful.” But I know you well enough.
Then you would say, “Oh, he was too tough; he shouldn’t have done that.” Look, all of the...

 During this back-and-forth item, he mentions:

TRUMP: Now, again, maybe I’m not going to be able to do a deal with Russia, but at least I will have tried. And if I don’t, does anybody really think that Hillary Clinton would be tougher on Russia than Donald Trump? Does anybody in this room really believe that? OK?
But I tell you one thing, she tried to make a deal. She had the reset. She gave all that valuable uranium away. She did other things. You know, they say I’m close to Russia. Hillary Clinton gave away 20 percent of the uranium in the United States. She’s close to Russia.

Let's put some circumstance and sanity around this statement as briefly as possible.

A firm representing Russia's atomic energy program, Rosatom, bought shares into a Canadian mining company called Uranium One based in Toronto.  Uranium One owned assets in Wyoming, Utah, and other places.  From 2009 - 2013, the Rosatom firm AMRZ increased it's ownership stake from 17% to 100% of Uranium One after the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) approved the deal.  As a result of the takeover, Rosatom control 100% of those form Uranium One assets which constitute 20% of the US' uranium extraction capacity NOT US uranium supply.

What the CFIUS?!!

The CFIUS is made of 9 government bodies including Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Energy, and Homeland Security, and the heads of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  However, due to the proceedings being classified, there is no public evidence supporting or rejecting Clinton was involved in the decision in approving the deals regarding Uranium One/Rosatom.  Other committee members had stated that they never spoke with Clinton regarding CFIUS matters as a matter of practice the issues the committee dealt with wouldn't rise to auspices of the Secretary of State.  Ultimately, it took 9 agencies to sign off on the Uranium One acquisitions and the President to allow it through, i.e., not veto it, before it would take effect.  So, ultimately, Clinton alone does not have the power to hand over American assets like uranium production to a foreign body.

Isn't Russia Buying Up Uranium Production Assets A Bad Thing?
The US assets owned by ARMZ were mandated by the USNRC to remain under the control of US subsidiaries and did not grant formal licenses to the Uranium One nor Rosatom firms an export license; thus, no uranium mined in those areas can be exported out of the country without the involvement of USNRC involvment*.  None of the uranium can be used for building power plants, submarine engines, or even nuclear weapons except in the US.  Russia may benefit financially through this agreement but not with materials to pose a threat to national security.

Deflection Protection

What bothers me most about #POTUS45 in this scenario is that he deflected the question to what his response was by wanting to talk about Clinton's supposed involvement with Russia.  When pressed further in the conference:
QUESTION: Can we conclude there will be no response to these particular provocations?
TRUMP: I’m not going to tell you anything about what response I do. I don’t talk about military response.
So, in other words, we have no idea how he's going to respond if at all.  My money would be that no response will be given in public due to his compromised position with Russia (sex scandals, conflicts of interests, and impeachable actions).

#POTUS45 lied about Clinton and this uranium business.  If you don't believe me, do your own research and come to your own conclusion.

  1. Uranium One did export out yellowcake to Canada for procesing.  The company that facilitated the transfer, RSB Logistic Services, did have an export license.

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