Maybe Trump Can’t Read?


Jorge Silva/AFP

❝ President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call.

Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and U.S. governments have blamed on Moscow.

❝ The White House press office declined to comment on the briefing materials given to Trump. Two people familiar with the notecards acknowledged that they included instructions not to congratulate Putin. But a senior White House official emphasized that national security adviser H.R. McMaster did not mention the issue during a telephone briefing with the president, who was in the White House residence ahead of and during his conversation with Putin.

It was not clear whether Trump read the notes, administration officials said. Trump, who initiated the call, opened it with the congratulations for Putin, one person familiar with the conversation said.

Looks like a dork, acts like a dork and quacks like a dork — probably a dork.

One thought on “Maybe Trump Can’t Read?

  1. Them says:

    “Trump furious over leak of warning to not congratulate Putin” https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-congratulations/index.html Reportedly the incident resurfaced Trump’s long-held belief there are individuals inside his administration — especially in the national security realm — who are actively working to undermine him.
    Capt. Queeg under cross-examination in the “Caine Mutiny” (1954) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlV3oQ3pLA0
    “On 18 March 2018 Russia held a presidential election that extended Vladimir Putin’s rule for a six-year term to 2024.
    The reported turnout at the presidential election was 67.5%, indicating that a combination of popular mobilization, coercion of public-sector workers to vote, and widespread use of “voting at home” worked to bring a large number Russians to vote.
    The election was a controlled one, with only “safe candidates”, pre-approved by the Kremlin allowed on the ballot. According to preliminary numbers, Vladimir Putin received 76.7% of the vote, and his next challenger Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin achieved only 11.8% of the vote. Results for the other six challengers on the ballot were in single digits or even below 1%. Alexei Navalny, Putin’s key challenger from the independent opposition in the past several years, was excluded from the ballot on procedural grounds.” (Jane’s) http://www.janes.com/article/78667/reported-outcome-of-russian-presidential-election-underlines-external-assertiveness-government-reshuffle-would-trigger-state-contracts-revision

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