When it comes to Russia’s attack on the American elections, the Kremlin wants nothing more than for U.S. officials to raise doubts about Russia’s role. Each time an American try to shield Vladimir Putin’s legislature or recommends others may bear obligation, he or she is successfully protecting Russia’s violations by boosting the Kremlin’s propaganda strategy.
What’s more, it was unprecedented to see Donald Trump at the end of the day question Russia’s part in the assault. The Washington Post announced:
“I think it could very well have been Russia but I think it could well have been other countries, I won’t be specific,” Trump said at a news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda. […] “Nobody knows,” Trump added. “Nobody knows for sure.”
The American president’s long reaction wandered for some time – it included broad crying about Barack Obama, a rather dramatic break with protocol for a sitting president appearing on foreign soil – and eventually included mockery of American intelligence agencies.
“I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq – weapons of mass destruction,” Trump said. “How everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong, and it led to a mess.”
I can appreciate why all of this may seem predictable. For reasons, we do not yet know, Donald Trump is open to taunting his own particular organization’s knowledge offices. He’s happy with raising questions about Russia’s part in an extraordinary assault on the United States. He’s open to telling the world that the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency are not entirely reliable.
In any case, the way that we’ve expected strange conduct from the sitting American president doesn’t make this any less shocking.
There’s additionally Trump’s example of confusion to consider. To date, the direction of his reactions to this piece of the scandal has unfolded in a series of evolving postures: Trump said Russia didn’t intervene in the American elections … which prompted Trump’s White House, in the long run, recognizing the inverse … which prompted Trump inquiring as to why Obama didn’t stop Russia’s assault … which prompted Trump hovering back to his unique contention that Russia might be innocent.