Photograph from the BBC
Perhaps we will hear we can’t take you literally, that you were still jetlagged or that being en route to Vietnam affected your brain spur…excuse me, bone spurs. But there really was no excuse for your comments in the press gaggle on Air Force One on Saturday.
These set new records in incompetence, ineptness, incredulity, incomprehension, and inanity even for you.
Speaking about your two or three conversations with Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, you said the following:
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ I think he is very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. Don’t forget. All he said was he never did that, he didn’t do that. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”
So let me get this straight: Putin says he has nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 election, so you “really believe” him because “he means it.” And he is insulted by it so we should drop it because this is not a good thing for our country.
Stop. And. Think. About. That. You are less concerned with defending our national security, our country’s values and foreign policy objectives than with insulting the leader of Russia, who the U.S. intelligence community has agreed meddled in our election.
I think back to 1987, when Ronald Reagan must have said, “Mr. Gorbachev, I don’t mean to offend you, but could you if you don’t mind, pretty please, tear down this wall….did I say tear down, I mean slowly remove at your own pace, when you have a chance.” Or maybe I’m misremembering JFK, “‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ or we can also say ‘Ich bin ein Sowjet’, that means I can be a Soviet too which is also ok, right Berlin.”
Unfortunately, you continued with more of the same:
Brownie points for you, Mr. Trump, for really putting the squeeze on him. I mean how dare you or any of us for that matter not take Putin, the former KGB officer and authoritarian despot, at his word? A man who has been known to jail, poison or kill his political opponents and journalists. His word is, of course, sacred.
Indeed, it is a very interesting statement…about you.
There was so much more and I truly think you should re-read your comments during the breaks pouring over all those “documents” you seem to be forced to read. I have, over and over, and am more stunned every time I do.
And today you have fought back on your favorite platform:
”When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!”
The only hater and fool seems to be you. Our country should be the city upon a hill leading the rest of the world, not Russia’s or anyone else’s lapdog.
And now it appears you have walked back the statements completely. When asked to clarify your statements about Putin’s denial, you said “As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently constituted.”
I really have run out of words.
But I suggest you reach out to Mike Pompeo (head of the CIA), Christopher Wray (FBI Director), Admiral Michael Rogers (Director of the NSA), and Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence), or anyone in the intelligence community, who may have some words for you upon your return.
I know the American people will continue to let you know how we feel.