March 13, 2018

The so-called president today flew off to California to look at Wall prototypes, in an attempt to distract his base again from noticing he's not really president, Putin is.

He told reporters that he "might" blame Russia for the nerve gas attempted murder on British soil but he has to talk to Theresa May first. And I'm on my way to the Wall did you know? The Wall prototypes we're building a wall it's gonna be a great wall so important to our national security wall wall wall.

Will it keep out the Russian nerve gas, Donald?

I guess the White House no longer has the ability to change the channel from Fox News. Pity, because Theresa May was on this channel called the "BBC" and she had this to say:

Mr. Speaker, this morning I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council in which we considered the information so far available. As is normal, the Council was updated on the assessment and intelligence picture, as well as the state of the investigation.

It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

This is part of a group of nerve agents known as 'Novichok'.

Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down; our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so; Russia's record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations; the Government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Mr. Speaker, there are therefore only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on the 4th of March.

Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country.

Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.

This afternoon my Rt. Hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and asked him to explain which of these two possibilities it is -- and therefore to account for how this Russian-produced nerve agent could have been deployed in Salisbury against Mr Skripal and his daughter.

My Rt. Hon. Friend has stated to the Ambassador that the Russian Federation must immediately provide full and complete disclosure of the Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

And he has requested the Russian government's response by the end of tomorrow.
Mr. Speaker, this action has happened against a backdrop of a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression.

Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea was the first time since the Second World War that one sovereign nation has forcibly taken territory from another in Europe.

Russia has fomented conflict in the Donbas, repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries, and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption. This has included meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defense and the Bundestag, among many others.

During his recent State of the Union address, President Putin showed video graphics of missile launches, flight trajectories and explosions, including the modeling of attacks on the United States with a series of warheads impacting in Florida.

While the extra-judicial killing of terrorists and dissidents outside Russia were given legal sanction by the Russian Parliament in 2006.

And of course Russia used radiological substances in its barbaric assault on Mr. Litvinenko. We saw promises to assist the investigation then, but they resulted in denial and obfuscation -- and the stifling of due process and the rule of law.

Mr. Speaker, following Mr. Litvinenko's death we expelled Russian diplomats, suspended security co-operation, broke off bilateral plans on visas, froze the assets of the suspects and put them on international extradition lists. And these measures remain in place.

Furthermore our commitment to collective defense and security through NATO remains as strong as ever in the face of Russian behavior.

Indeed our armed forces have a leading role in NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence with British troops leading a multinational battlegroup in Estonia.

We have led the way in securing tough sanctions against the Russian economy.

And we have at all stages worked closely with our allies and we will continue to do so.
We must now stand ready to take much more extensive measures.

Mr. Speaker, on Wednesday we will consider in detail the response from the Russian State.
Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom.

And I will come back to this House and set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.

Of course, Donald's attention span won't allow for more than a 45 second phone call, in which Theresa May could shout "Putin did it!" at the top of her lungs and Trump will hang up the Air Force 1 phone and claim he can't come to any conclusions.

Because he's being blackmailed by Putin.

We have a president being blackmailed by Putin.

And the Republican Congress is aiding, abettting, and obstructing on his behalf.

Expect more Russian nerve gas murders on public thoroughfares, it's what's for dinner. And enjoy your wall prototypes, Trumpsters.

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