RT America -- January 27, 2017

Trump can show US-Russia relationship is changing, ‘nothing Capitol Hill can do about it’ – fmr diplomat

Following his statements on potential cooperation with Russia in the fight against Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL), Donald Trump has announced his plans to phone Russian President Vladimir Putin. The last time they spoke was in November, when the latter called Trump to congratulate him on his electoral triumph. RT correspondent Emily Sieu has the details. Then, former US diplomat Jim Jatras joins RT America’s Manila Chan to offer his analysis of the Putin-Trump relationship, the future of US sanctions on Russia and related topics.

Trump provides ‘official stamp’ for suspicion of Muslim communities – activist

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis has been sworn in as secretary of defense. At the same event, President Donald Trump signed two new executive orders, one of which involves a temporary ban of refugees from several Muslim -dominant countries and a tougher vetting process for refugees. RT America’s Simone Del Rosario has the story. Then, Fahd Ahmed, executive director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), joins RT America’s Manila Chan to discuss the impact of the new order on immigrants and refugees.