Donald Trump “finally concedes” Russia hacked the election, crowed the US media following his first news conference this week. That seeming turnaround by Trump signals 'the Donald' is being tamed to toe the “official” Washington line.
That line centers on the US pushing a belligerent policy toward Russia.
Notably, too, on the same day, Trump’s pick for the next Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, adopted a remarkably antagonistic view of Russia under pressure from hostile senators during his Congressional confirmation grilling.
Tillerson, who holds a Russian Order of Friendship award bestowed by President Vladimir Putin in 2013, responded to relentless goading from senators by saying that the US should maintain sanctions on “resurgent Russia,” adding that “the taking of Crimea” was against the law.
Together, the shift by Trump and his incoming cabinet toward a more frosty stance on Russia signals that a coercive taming process is underway by the Washington establishment, with sinister implications for supposed US democracy.
It’s a truism that US presidential winners are, in reality, determined by elite corporate power, the 'Deep State' military-intelligence apparatus, and their controlled news media conglomerates. In Donald Trump’s case, the outcome appeared to be an exception to the rule. So, post-election, 'the Donald' is being 'processed' to produce the desired 'result.'