Among the “good things to talk about” during their private chat, Trump promised they would include “everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China” and “our mutual friend President” Xi Jinping.
“I think we have great opportunities…Frankly we have not been getting along together very well for the last number of years,” Trump told Putin, quickly adding, “I have not been here too long.”
“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. I hope so. I have been saying, and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years, as I campaigned, that getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
No mention of Russia interference in the presidential election, the 12 Russian military officers indicted in the U.S. on Friday for election tampering, Russian’s annexation of territory in Crimea, etc.
To further please Putin, Trump had called the European Union a “foe” of the United States over the weekend and, this morning, tweeted more of his Blame America strategy for the two countries’ strained relationship.
“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry gave Trump’s tweet a gold star:
Trump also tweet-attacked Obama and Friday’s detailed indictment of those 12 Russian military officers:
“President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!”
On Morning Joe this morning, Joe Scarborough wondered if, in addition to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Trump’s Blame America tweet was liked by Sean Hannity, InfoWars, and “the other people who have been useful idiots for Vladimir Putin.”
Friday’s indictments “ripped down any veneer or respectability from Vladimir Putin and proved he’s a common thug who tried to infiltrate American democracy and it’s all there in black and white” Scarborough said.