01:01 GMT +323 March 2017
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va.

    Here's Why Washington Won't Be Able to 'Transform' Trump

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    US President-elect Donald Trump has mobilized and utilized anti-establishment sentiment in the United States, something that political elites in Washington have hardly embraced and will try instead to mold the outspoken billionaire into a conventional politician. Professor Alexei Skopin told Radio Sputnik they are unlikely to succeed.

    "There is a risk that the existing system can transform the president. However, the fact that Trump is a businessman serves as a guarantee that this will not happen. His systems approach will force him to make pragmatic decisions," the political analyst explained.

    Skopin made these comments after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a report accusing Russia of launching cyberattacks against the United States.

    The political analyst emphasized that the report did not provide any evidence that those behind the hacks had links to Russia.

    "This is a blatant lie and a hoax," Skopin said. "It has long been common knowledge that hackers cannot be traced. This is why you could claim that they are from anywhere, be it Africa, Australia or Antarctica," he explained. "However, each report or analysis pursues a certain goal and tasks. In this case the goal has been to confirm Russia's alleged impact on the presidential election in the US, although there has been no proof offered."

    Skopin maintained that Washington will press with this issue until Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20.

    "Everyone knows what methods and political strategies US media rely on to embed the necessary information into Americans' consciousness. Clearly, such stupid stunts of the outgoing administration will take place until Trump becomes US president on January 20," he said.

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    • Jonathan Ferguson
      We'll have to see, I guess...
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      We can all hope that Trump will immediately reverse the executive order sanctions against Russia, and then remove the ones that require Congressional approval within short order. There is nothing stopping Trump from doing so, and pressure can be applied on any opposing Republican officials from their constituents, so to speak, along the same lines the war in Syria was averted in 2013.

      But, it doesn't help to speculate, as this is a binary decision. Either Trump will remove them or he won't, or he may face opposition in Congress. But, talking about it now, just provides ammunition for the US Media to use against him, in their obvious attempts to blackmail or box Trump into an unwinnable position regarding Russia, even before he takes office.

      As with the election: before Trump won, expressing support for Trump made you subject to ridicule as an idiot fool. Then after Trump wins, people pretend like it was almost a given he would win. So, Trump immediately repudiating these Russian sanctions can become the new given that everyone took for granted would happen; but until Trump is able to act on them, there will be heaps of abuse and emotional blackmail poured out on pro-Russia Trump supporters.
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