Even now that thirteen Russians have been indicted for conspiring to rig the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is still refusing to implement the required sanctions against Russia. Why? Because they were conspiring to rig the election in his favor, and because he’s a puppet of the Kremlin who wouldn’t dare defy Vladimir Putin. Now we’ve learned that Trump is planning some kind of Trump-Russia scandal stunt this week.
So where did we learn about this super secret plan? Straight from the big mouth of Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is skilled at lying but apparently isn’t particularly good at keeping a secret. When she was questioned yesterday about Trump’s pathetic softness toward Russia, she responded with this answer: “Just last week there was an incident, that will be reported in the coming days, in another way that this president was tough on Russia.”
To be honest, we have no idea where to put the commas in the above quote, because the sentence she spoke is just that awkward. But the upshot of her words is clear. Trump is going to try to distract from the heightening Trump-Russia scandal and investigation this week by announcing some total nonsense about how he was supposedly tough on Russia. It’s not difficult to figure out that this is going to be some arbitrary and meaningless slap on the Kremlin’s wrist, likely cooked up in conjunction with Vladimir Putin, in order to give Trump a bit of cover.
The thing is, these kinds of stunts haven’t tended to work. Earlier, Donald Trump tried closing a diplomatic building that the Russians didn’t seem to care about anyway, and the American public appropriately gave him no credit for it. We’re almost looking forward to seeing what Trump has up his sleeve on this, because these kinds of stunts of his so often tend to blow up in his face.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report