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You're reading: Trump’s awakening

Comes the dawn. Relentless critics are blasting U.S. President Donald J. Trump, no matter what he does, the same way that some people mindlessly opposed Barack Obama, no matter what he did.

But we welcome Trump’s awakening on the menace of Russia and his move towards a rational and tougher policy against the Kremlin’s global threat, a policy that should include heavier economic sanctions on the Kremlin and greater support for Ukraine — including the generous supply of lethal defensive weapons to help bring an end to Russia’s three-year war that has killed 10,000 people and dismembered Ukraine.

Trump in the last week has admitted that the 28-nation NATO military alliance is not “obsolete” as he campaigned to win the presidency on Nov. 8. And he admitted, in an April 12 White House press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, what’s happening in Ukraine is “crazy.”

It’s “crazy” because Russia is an outlaw nation led by a war criminal who backs dictators like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, who kills his own civilians with banned chemical weapons. Vladimir Putin knows a thing or two about killing his own citizens, by the thousands.

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