President Trump stunned the nation this morning when he took to Twitter to blame the United States, not the Russian Federation, for the years of poor relations between the two superpowers.
In the tweet, he vaguely referenced “years of foolishness and stupidity,” which is likely a reference to the Obama administration and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “reset” efforts, before singling out the Mueller investigation as the main culprit for our “poor” relationship with Russia.
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
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In a mocking and infuriating interjection, Russia’s foreign ministry took to Twitter to rub our disgrace and their glee in our faces with a tweet of their own that also blamed the United States for the deterioration in relations.
Many would argue that it was the Russian Federation’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, including the use of an extensive and elaborate cyberwarfare and hacking campaign, on top of Russia’s lengthy list of human rights violations and war crimes that have ruined the relationship between the two countries.
But of course, Trump partially owes his election victory to Putin, and appears to be insistent on confirming the suspicions that the Russian government is blackmailing Trump with graphic video by kowtowing and defending the Kremlin at every opportunity, even at the expense of America’s traditional relationships with our European allies.
We’re all old enough to remember when Republicans threw a fit and smeared President Obama for an “apology tour” when he was genuinely attempting to engage with nations in a peaceful fashion. But so far, there’s been crickets from the President’s backers on this preposterous attack, and their silence is a disgusting display of hypocrisy that should be the subject dominating political discussion in the United States this week.
While nobody will be surprised at this point by Trump’s deprecating remarks, it is truly depressing to see the President of the United States trashing his own country on behalf of a murderous dictatorship – and raises a host of new questions about just what transpired between Trump and Putin during their two-hour meeting today.