President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to know which country he’s supposed to represent, Russia, or the United States.
Following a closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a cowardly Donald Trump told reporters that he doesn’t want to enforce sanctions on Russia because he would rather deal with the Kremlin as a friend.
The sanctions package, which passed through Congress with approval from an overwhelming bipartisan, veto-proof majority, was a direct response to Russia’s unprecedented interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as their human rights violations and military aggression in Ukraine.
Trump begrudgingly signed the sanctions into law on Aug. 2 and had until Oct. 1 to start implementing them. However, Trump blew past that deadline to implement the sanctions targeting Russia’s defense, intelligence, and energy sectors without explanation.
Then, after meeting with Puting on Sunday, Trump said Russia has already been “very, very heavily sanctioned” and suggested that we should try to make friends with the country that is actively trying to undermine our nation’s democratic process.
Being on better terms with Russia, Trump said, would be “an asset to the world.”
He went on to echo more Kremlin-approved talking points, insisting that we can only fight terrorism and solve other global issues if we let Russia do whatever they want, without consequences.
“We have to get to work to solve Syria, to solve North Korea, to solve Ukraine, to solve terrorism,” Trump said. “People don’t realize Russia has been very, very heavily sanctioned. They were sanctioned at a very high level, and that took place very recently. It’s now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken.”
“I feel that having Russia in a friendly posture, as opposed to always fighting with them, is an asset to the world and an asset to our country, not a liability,” he said.
Trump also took a swing at Hillary Clinton, claiming that the former Secretary of State wanted to “get back together with Russia.” But that is a lie. She is actually known for taking a hardline stance against Russian aggression.
In fact, Clinton’s views on Russia — and her willingness to publicly condemn Putin’s corrupt government — are thought to have played a role in Putin’s decision to undermine her presidential campaign.
Trump’s latest attempt to back away from enforcing the sanctions he was compelled to sign not only makes America look weak on the global stage — it also tells other countries that they can attack us without fear of repercussions.
During news conf with Vietnamese president Trump signaled he wants to relax Russia sanctions despite ongoing probe into meddling. pic.twitter.com/3EmyuCXv0G
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 12, 2017
So much for “America first.”