Even before his victory at the polls, US President-elect Donald Trump believes that he and Russian leader Vladimir Putin can get along well. As of late, he continues to reinforce his claim that Moscow can be trusted.
The campaign trail leading to the US Presidential elections has been intriguing to say the least. Along the way, the emails of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have been infiltrated.
During the course of its investigation, the CIA has reason to believe that the Russians actually rigged the polls in favor of Trump. It has been uncovered that thousands of hacked emails found their way to the WikiLeaks site although founder Julian Assange denied that his source is Russia.
Reports disclose that suspected individuals involved in the intrusion had connections with the Russian government. These people are supposedly known figures in the intelligence community.
After the CIA forwarded its full evaluation to key senators, a growing scenario is being depicted that Moscow's illegal online penetrations largely benefited the incoming American President.
However, intelligence presentations have failed to prove that the Kremlin authorized the hacking operation. Finding evidences pointing to Russian higher-ups can be quite difficult considering that the Federation has a history of using third parties in running their intelligence procedures.
As of late, Trump has further his attacks against the CIA, reiterating that the American spy organization has no idea who intruded the Democrats' email servers. Judging that the intelligence network has failed in proving that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), the new US leader cannot simply be swayed by the assessments that the Russian government actually did it.
However, Trump's strong belief that Moscow is innocent has put his dealings with the Kremlin under the limelight. With the ways things are running right now, the new administration has not expressed any intention to investigate the sensitive issue.
In line with this, the US President-elect may have troubles coming his way with regards to his chosen candidate for State Secretary. It is widely perceived that oil giant Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson will fill the position to be vacated by John Kerry.
With this in mind, GOP senators are cautious that a man closely-affiliated with Putin will be included in the next administration's cabinet. Tillerson's business ventures with Russia, and probably his opposition to US sanctions related to the annexation of Crimea, have netted him the country's 'Order of Friendship' award in 2013.