NEWSWATCH: “Is Russia Testing Trump?” – New York Times/ MICHAEL J. MORELL, EVELYN FARKAS

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“This week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his first diplomatic visit to Russia, where he’s likely to press Moscow on its handling of Syria, which he has called ‘incompetent.’ … Tillerson should recognize that Russia’s involvement in Syria is only one example of the increasingly active, and disruptive, role that … Putin has been playing on the world stage … [such as with regard to Ukraine, Belarus, Afghanistan, Libya and U.S. elections] …. * * * … Putin’s Russia views the United States as its adversary, and it is working to undermine America around the world. … Trump needs to say ‘enough.’ He can start by having his secretary of state deliver that message when he visits Moscow …”

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