Donald Trump has had his head so far up…Okay, I’m sorry, but how did we get here exactly? The president of the United States has been hot and cozy with a foreign rival of our country, and not only that, but he praises this murderous dictator at every turn like that school girl who finds a way to work her crush’s name into any conversation.
Now, as over 53,000 Americans have died and countless more are dying as you read this, the president has teamed up with Putin to pen a statement that reads:
“As we work today to confront the most important challenges of the 21st century, we pay tribute to the valor and courage of all those who fought together to defeat fascism.”
“The ‘Spirit of the Elbe’ is an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.”
Trump is now literally making joint statements alongside Vladimir Putin. JEEZ THINK HE KNOWS HE’S CAUGHT OR ANYTHING? 🤣🖕🖕🖕https://t.co/0kEIsBUVi7
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) April 25, 2020
Now, while today IS the 75th anniversary of the day that soviet forces met with Americans during WWII, it is still in very poor taste to issue a joint statement, and especially in the middle of a pandemic.
According to Wall Street Journal:
But the move comes as the Pentagon and State department have complained about Russia’s behavior and many officials remain deeply wary of Moscow’s intentions.
This is another puzzling example of Putin's hold over Trump.
The Soviet troops to meet US forces at the Elbe on April 25, 1945, were elements of the Soviet *First Ukrainian Front.*
Why isn't Trump commemorating this 75th anniversary with Ukrainian president Zelensky?
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 25, 2020
A National Security Council spokesman declined to comment. Earlier this month, the Pentagon complained that Russian fighter jets twice buzzed American Navy planes over the Mediterranean Sea, while defense officials have accused Russia-based news organizations of spreading disinformation about coronavirus At the State Department, officials have repeatedly complained that Russia was providing critical military support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s ongoing offensive in Idlib province.
Concerned about that joint statement today from the White House and the Kremlin was odd? So were officials inside the Trump administration. More here from the Gordon gang: https://t.co/tNnl1qvMBP
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) April 25, 2020
Former intel official Angela Stent has this to say:
“I am sure this was a Russian initiative. Putin’s World. Putin wants validation from the United States that today’s Russia like the Soviet Union is a great power.”
It’s Trump’s relationship with Putin that makes this joint statement inappropriate, because, while the statements between Russia and the U.S. are rare, Obama made one in 2010. However, Obama held firm against Russia, and he certainly never buddied up to them the way Trump has after finding out the rigged the 2016 election in his favor.
#TrumpIsALaughingStock is the best thing that has happened since the 2016 elections. I'm just so happy. 🤩🥳🥳🥳
The whole world is laughing at Trump. Even Putin and Syrian leader Assad. pic.twitter.com/oZdffKV1D1
— Mackie Asks Questions (@QfromMackie) April 25, 2020