It’s well known at this point that President Trump is very fond of dictator Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation.
His electoral college victory was propelled by the Russian hacking and disinformation campaign on his behalf, for which Trump and his campaign team are under investigation for potentially treasonous collusion with the Russian government. Trump himself is consumed with a personal envy for Putin’s power and wealth; the Russian oligarch is the embodiment of the masculine strength, respect, and leadership ability that Trump desires so desperately.
Trump’s affinity for the Russians is obvious in his policy decisions. Trump has gone out of his way to insult our closest allies – Germany and the United Kingdom – and to create cracks in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the collective security alliance that protects Western Europe from the expansionist ambitions of the Russian Federation. On top of that, he has refused to criticize Russia on any issue, despite there being plenty of reason for doing so.
Trump’s recent missile strike against the murderous regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad presents the first real test for the close Trump-Putin relationship. The Russian Federation has been propping up the Assad regime for the past few years, and Putin has warned the US against any further action and refused to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently visiting Moscow.
Today, President Trump was asked at a “town hall” of CEOs by CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, Jeff Zeleny, if his views on Putin had changed since tensions had risen over the missile strikes.
Trump’s reaction says all you need to know. He may be silent, but his body language speaks volumes about the discomfort and the frustration the topic of Putin triggers in our President.
The awkwardness in the room is palpable. The president’s insistence on wearing his emotions on his sleeve so openly is a clear sign of his immaturity and his unfitness to govern. How this so-called “dealmaker” got his reputation as such is a mystery to us all, as his obvious pouting is just begging for a crafty manipulator like Vladimir Putin to take advantage of.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.