So you’ve no doubt seen this explosive New York Times story about Donald Trump’s treachery, fecklessness, and sickening lack of patriotism.
If not, here’s the gist:
American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.
The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year.
And here was Trump’s response:
The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.
“… has yet to authorize any step.” Did Trump momentarily confuse Vladimir Putin with the coronavirus? They look similar, honestly.
But it’s not really fair to say Trump did nothing in response to this outrage. He … uh … continued to kiss Vladimir Putin’s ass, for example:
HereÃ¢ÂÂs what Trump said 2 months after finding out Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops:
Ã¢ÂÂWe have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing.”
Basically a green light for Putin to keep executing our soldiers.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 27, 2020
Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2020
Well, as long as Putin’s helping us increase the prices struggling Americans pay for gas — I guess that’s a pretty good excuse for betraying our own troops. And Prince Bone Saws is involved, too! Woot!
The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done. This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States. I would like to thank and congratulate President Putin of Russia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia. I just spoke to them from the Oval Office. Great deal for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
Congratulations, Vladimir! You did it! You made us all pay more for gas! All is forgiven, my dude.
What a bold, unambiguous signal to the despot who’s unabashedly killing Americans!
Then again, what else would you expect from a guy who gave the thumbs-up to concentration camps in order to complete a Potemkin trade deal?
President Trump said he resisted punishing China for its mass internment of ethnic Uighurs last year for fear of jeopardizing trade talks with Beijing, a blunt admission of his transactional approach to human rights and willingness to subordinate other U.S. policy priorities to a potential trade deal he considers vital to his re-election.
In an interview with Axios published on Sunday, Mr. Trump was asked why he had not approved a Treasury Department plan in late 2018 to impose sanctions on Chinese government officials who were connected to the severe crackdown on China’s Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
“Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal,” Mr. Trump said.
Oh, and remember Otto Warmbier? Of course you do.
God forbid I ever get kidnapped by a brutal enemy that shows up to the hostage negotiations with a family-sized bag of the Taco Flavor Doritos Trump likes. Guess I’d just have to take one for the team.
This guy is a natural. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry.” — Bette Midler on Aldous J. Pennyfarthing, via Twitter. Find out what made dear Bette break up. Dear Fcking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Prsident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song! Click those links, yo!