“I think the president has shown a lack of understanding of international affairs as well as a real ignorance of what it takes to be president of the United States. He is mean-spirited, he is dishonest, he has shown a lack of integrity, and he has continued to, I think, demean the office of the presidency.
I think he is afraid of the Russian president. They may have something on him personally that they can always roll out and make his life more difficult. Clearly I think it’s important for us to improve relations with Russia, but the fact that he has had this fawning attitude toward Mr. Putin, not said anything negative about him, I think continues to say to me that he does have something to fear and something very serious to fear.” – Former CIA director John Brennan
For 25 years John Brennan has been in the thick of things, having served under six different U.S. Presidents at the CIA. Because of his service to this nation and his long tenure I am sure Trump and Fox News would call Brennan part of the “Deep State” because, well, they are idiots. But when I hear a man with this kind of worldly experience make a statement and observation like he did above, honestly, it sends chills down my spine.
We have learned about the last few meetings and phone calls Trump has had with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and even Russian dignitaries not from the White House but from press releases from the Kremlin in Moscow. Now, that in itself is very weird to me but at this point, in a Trump presidency, it is really hard to distinguish between what is weird and what is just plain ole screwed-up.
Yesterday Trump called his good buddy with specific instructions from his national security staff NOT TO CONGRATULATE Putin for his fraud of a victory and also to chastise him for Russia’s apparent involvement in the poisoning of two individuals in Great Britain. Keep in mind that the only reason we, the American people, learned about this call was, wait for it, a press release from the Kremlin.
So what did Donny do? Congratulated his “best friend” for another deadly trouncing of his opponents and failed to mention anything about the poisonings or election meddling because, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted, it just didn’t come-up. Here is the fun part. How do we know that Trump didn’t follow the advice of his national security advisers? Someone close leaked it to the press.
Now the alt-right Republicans and Fox News will all be running around with their heads on fire yelling “Breach of national security” and “Deep State”. I, on the other hand say thank-you and appreciate knowing that there are still people in the White House with a moral compass. You see, this leak didn’t put any lives in jeopardy but what it did do is demonstrate and confirm exactly what Mr. Brennan stated and what most of us already knew, that Trump “has shown a lack of understanding of international affairs as well as a real ignorance of what it takes to be president of the United States. He is mean-spirited, he is dishonest, he has shown a lack of integrity, and he has continued to, I think, demean the office of the presidency.”
At this point there is really no question in my mind that Vladimir Putin has something sinister, career ending and very damning on Trump and Trump knows what that something or somethings are. Here is the fun part, I think Trump also knows that special counsel Robert Mueller knows what those somethings are as well.
White House leaks like these are emblematic of the chaos and dysfunction of an administration which always comes from the top down. Think about it, someone risked their job, possibly even their freedom to make you and I, the American citizen, aware of just how inapt Trump is to serve as President. Worst still, it shines a very glaring light, as if we needed another one, on Trump’s seemingly one-sided man crush on Putin.
Make no mistake about it, Putin, is a bad guy. This is a guy that has his opponents killed. A guy that condones meddling in our election and most recently discovered, hacking into our power grid. He doesn’t give one rats ass about you or I. Nothing would make him happier than to see the United States crash and burn, seriously. But Trump loves him, fawns all over him and can’t bring himself to say or tweet one cross word about him. Why? I guess like the old commercial used to say “Only his hairdresser knows for sure” and Putin and Mueller and maybe Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos and probably Rick Gates and Paul Manafort and I would bet Donald Trump the lesser and Steve Bannon and probably ……………….
And Trump’s small thumbs offered this today; “I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing. They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race. Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!”
“Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry”. He forgot to add; “Trump tried because Putin has pictures of him in his whitey tighties with a __________________________ (fill in the blank).”
“Been away so long I hardly knew the place, Gee it’s good to be back home, Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case, Honey disconnect the phone, I’m back in the U.S.S.R., You don’t know how lucky you are boy, Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S.S.R.” – The Beatles