Last night, top political analyst and “Hardball” host Chris Matthews suggested that President Donald Trump might have ordered the American airstrike on the Syrian regime airbase in Homs to lend his relationship with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin plausible deniability.
Putin has been an active coalition partner in the Syrian Civil War, working closely with regime of Bashar al-Assad to fight against rebel groups and slaughter civilians. Analysts have been scratching their heads wondering why on earth Trump would attack a Russian ally and frustrate Russia’s geopolitical goals in the Middle East.
Matthews thinks the attack is a diversion and is not meant to actually do lasting harm to the Russian-Syrian coalition. He believes that Trump will use military action to end the Trump-Russia scandal and then resume his cozy relationship with Moscow on the down low.
“If there was a way for him to kill the narrative that he’s in bed with Putin, it would be this. Take on Putin’s warm freshwater port [in Tartus], take on his satellite, his loyal ally Assad. And that would be a way of saying I was never in bed with this guy, I never planned any kind of coalition in Moscow.”
The airstrike has certainly led many to question whether Trump is committed to protecting Russian interests. Perhaps that is exactly what the White House wants – an end to the investigations and public interest in the Trump teams Russian ties.
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