President Donald Trump is still pretending that he’s been “tougher” on Russia than any other president, but Twitter reminded him of all the times he’s been Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s puppet.
Two days ago, Trump shockingly announced a withdrawal of American troops from Syria and falsely declared victory over ISIS. The move has been deemed a huge gift for Putin since Russia occupies part of Syria to protect Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. By pulling out of Syria, Trump is effectively handing control of the battlefield to Russia.
National security experts, military leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that Russia is very happy about this and even Putin has praised Trump for surrendering.
But Trump insisted on Friday that he’s “tough” on Russia:
There has never been a president who has been tougher (but fair) on China or Russia – Never, just look at the facts. The Fake News tries so hard to paint the opposite picture.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
And Twitter users looked at the facts and proceeded to bash Trump with them, reminding him of everything from his capitulation to Russia in Helsinki when he threw our own intelligence agencies under the bus to claim Russia did not interfere with the 2016 Election, his Oval Office meeting with Russian officials in which he passed along top secret intelligence and outed a source in the process, his constant attacks on NATO, his refusal to enact sanctions against Russia, his refusal to criticize Putin in any way, and now his surrender in Syria.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 21, 2018
WTF…you just gave Syria to Russia and have not gained an inch in your Trade War with China. Oh, and North Korea basically told you to toss off yesterday!!! Yeah, you’re awesome 🙄
— Barney’s Nose (@BarneysNose) December 21, 2018
You’re a #PutinPuppet who just handed him the best Christmas present ever, capitulation in Syria. As for China, the quid pro quo on ZTE is well known. Everything is transactional with you, Individual-1. https://t.co/vGtR5JlUWc
— Tom Shafer (@TomShafShafer) December 21, 2018
You kowtowed to Vladimir Putin in real time for the world to see in Helsinki. Please resign.
— 🎶 🌊 J’Wan Yvette 🌊 🎶 (@jwanyvette1) December 21, 2018
#Trump shared sensitive Intel with Russia.
Trump accepted Putins account over our own findings.
Trump has been attacking NATO favoring Russia.
Trump lied about Trump Tower in Moscow.
Trump is independently pulling out of Syria supporting Russian agenda.#ThursdayThoughts
— The Wiseman Said🗨️ (@TheWisemanSaid2) December 21, 2018
“There has never been a president who has been tougher (but fair) on China or Russia – Never, just look at the facts.”
😂🤣😂🤣 Okay…. pic.twitter.com/rnkXMclHID
— I.am.Sam (@SamScrogg) December 21, 2018
Yeah, you’re so tough, aren’t you? You were SO tough on the Russians last year, that you forced them to awkwardly reach a whole 2 feet when you passed them Top Secret information from one of our allies, right in the Oval Office. What a badass! They must be scared shitless of you!
— Bruce Lindner (@LukaBrazzi) December 21, 2018
He handed Syria to Russia on a silver platter. Undermined all of the great work the State and Defense Departments had been doing to increase US influence in the region. No wonder Mattis quit, he’s making decisions while disregarding the counsel of professionals.
— Blanco Obama (@LosFelizDude) December 21, 2018
Um, Mattis painted the opposite picture.
— David Pepper (@DavidPepper) December 21, 2018
Indeed, outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Trump about Russia in his resignation letter this week and urged him to defend the interests of the United States and our allies against Russian aggression before letting the world know that Trump’s views are different from his own:
“I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours,” Mattis wrote. “It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense…Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”
In short, Mattis wanted to be strong against Russia, but Trump is happy being Putin’s little b*tch.
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