“This is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe.”
President Donald Trump has been avoiding the press this week but Friday morning he spent about 25 minutes talking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump’s remarks covered a lot of ground, among them were his eyebrow-raising remarks that President Vladimir Putin has invited him to attend Russia’s May Military Victory parade at the Kremlin, and he wants to go.
“President Putin invited me,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a very big deal.”
Pres. Trump says he would consider attending Russia’s May Day parade, but adds “it’s right in the middle of campaign season.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2019
Russia is not an ally of the U.S. and in fact has been described as America’s top enemy.
The parade “is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe,” says CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
Trump says he’s thinking of attending Russia’s May Day parade. This is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe. Why attend? What benefit does Trump perceive to the US? To himself?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 8, 2019
Trump’s clear devotion to Putin has been a disturbing hallmark of his presidency. Putin is one of the few leaders President Trump has never criticized, many say, and Trump’s actions have been to Putin’s advantage time and time again. Trump’s pullout of U.S. Forces from Syria and his abandonment of the Kurds is the latest in a long line of pro-Putin actions. His refusal to accept that Russia attacked the U.S. 2016 election that put him in the Oval Office is another that has left America open to even greater foreign influence.
Here’s how people are reacting on social media to Trump’s desire to attend the Kremlin’s military parade with Putin.
POTUS just said he wants to go to the Kremlin’s military parade in May — and hoo-boy, I guess he’s all done pretending that this wasn’t all about debasing himself for Russia. The propaganda is now writing itself.
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) November 8, 2019
So is Trump thinking this is some kind of victory lap for him with Putin? If this doesn’t make us hurry the process of impeaching this guy up, I don’t know what would be https://t.co/nxW6q1De5i
— CAM🍸🍸♥️♥️🌲🌲🌄🌟💫🌜Reunite Refugee Families (@camcath) November 8, 2019
Trump said he would like to go to Russia on Putin’s invitation to attend the May Day celebration.
That’s the celebration for world communism.
Perhaps they’ll have a big military parade, which the president really likes.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 8, 2019
Trump says Putin has invited him to Moscow for the May Victory Day parade. A massive display of Russian military might. The image of Trump on a dais in front of the Kremlin on Red Square watching that with Putin…
— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) November 8, 2019
Trump considering going to join Putin for Russia’s May Day parade next Spring? Mid-campaign? Beautiful.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 8, 2019
Trump and Putin on top of Lenin’s Tomb watching the May Day parade is gonna keep the meme industry in business for years.
— Just Plain Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) November 8, 2019
‼️Trump just said he’s considering going to #Russia to attend Kremlin May Day parade. This is ridiculous. He’s not an American president. He’s pariah Putin’s rehabilitation lackey. pic.twitter.com/7SpmaYTfzH
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) November 8, 2019
is the may day parade where the kremlin shows off its military “might” and weaponry, in its struggle against “the west?”
will mr trump dress as himself?
— The Art Of (@theartofrain) November 8, 2019
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
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