The Trump administration has been at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than a year over Ukraine and the ongoing fight over Syria, but there is no doubt that the relationship has reached a tipping point, at least in the minds of some Trump aides.
The new US administration is facing new, and possibly more damaging, challenges, from Russia, China and Iran.
But the Trump administration may be able to hold on to its position on Russia and its actions in Ukraine even if the US decides to move closer to Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) — an alliance of seven former Soviet states, including Russia, which has a common currency, a free trade zone and a military alliance with Russia.
For its part, the Trump Administration is pushing forward with the Trump Doctrine, an agenda of sanctions, sanctions relief and economic sanctions against Russia.
This is a very ambitious agenda, and it is going to take a lot of work.
But I do think that President Trump is going for the jugular with Russia, and that is the best strategy we have.
But what we are doing is we are putting a lot more pressure on them, and they are responding by cutting off their gas supplies.
And we are working with the Europeans to make sure that they don’t feel any pressure from Russia on their gas supply.
So we are very much going to work with them to put a lot pressure on Russia.
And I do believe that the new US Administration has made a mistake, which is to go against the Russians.
That was the case with the sanctions that they imposed on Russia after the invasion of Crimea in 2014, and again in response to the Crimea annexation in March.
We are putting pressure on Moscow and we are not going to allow Russia to dominate the Eurasian Union.
And so I do not believe that President Putin is going back to the old Russia.
I think that he is going into the new Russia.
We will have to work very hard, however, to get that message out to the American public that we are a great partner in the world.
We do not want to be the only one to be a great ally.
It’s not that I would like to see us dominate the world, it’s that I do want us to be as important to the world as they are to us.
We have to make a choice, and I think we are going to make that choice.
It will be a very tough decision.
We’ve got to work as hard as we can, and we’ve got other priorities.
I’m not sure that the President will agree with us.
I believe that he will support the sanctions.
But he does not want that.
And then he also has other priorities that he doesn’t have a great deal of confidence in, as I understand it, including the possibility of getting involved militarily with the Russians in Syria, and he has said that he wants a military solution in Syria.
I do have some concerns about his military options, but I do know that he has confidence in our military and he is a fighter pilot, and you can see that he does care about what happens in the air.
We can’t have the US military fighting in the Middle East, but we have a military that can protect our people, our allies, our interests and our troops.
So I think there are a number of things that the Trump Presidency needs to work on.
But again, we are in the middle of the most consequential presidency in American history.
I would hope that there is a lot to be done.
But we will be working very hard.
I look forward to the next two months and hope that President Donald Trump will get his message out, and the rest of us will see that the American people are looking at the President’s message as a strong message that is positive and that they are going after the Russian Government.
Andrew J. Tobias is the senior vice president for global policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.
The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.