Last night Donald Trump’s nominee for UN Ambassador, Heather Nauert, abruptly withdrew herself from contention. It capped a very bad 48 hours for Trump. Paul Manafort got essentially sent to prison for life. Roger Stone found out he’ll likely suffer the same fate. Robert Mueller revealed in a court filing that he has proof of Trump-Russia collusion. But it was the Nauert debacle that seemed to finally push Trump completely over the edge, and he let loose with a Twitter rampage that sounded like something out of the end of days.
Just before 11pm on Saturday night, Trump posted this astounding – and confusing – tweet: “The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them. The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!” Wait a minute, what?
We think Donald Trump just threatened to unleash ISIS terrorists onto the streets of Europe, unless Europe takes over the cost and responsibility for housing these terrorists. This tweet reads like a Mafia enforcer demanding money and saying “It’d be a shame if anything bad were to happen to you if you don’t pay up.”
But the truly weird part here is where Donald Trump declared at the end that “We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!” Taken literally, this says that the United States is pulling back after the ISIS caliphate achieved a 100% victory over the United States. We think Trump was probably trying to say something else, but gee whiz, what a bummer. In December, Trump declared the United States had defeated ISIS. Now Trump just declared that ISIS has defeated the United States. This guy needs psychiatric attention.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report