What in the world gives with Donald Trump?
He took the floor today at the White House for a brief press encounter with the president of Finland. He took questions from reporters gathered in front of the two leaders.
One of them asked, “Does Russia pose a national security threat” to the United States.
The president’s response boggles the mind.
He said “a lot of nations” pose threats to our security. Not Russia, which was the precise subject of the reporter’s question.
“A lot of nations … “
This kind of obfuscation and thinly veiled verbal trickery is maddening in the extreme. Although it shouldn’t surprise any of us these days.
The president has continually refused to:
* Criticize the Russians for taking the Crimea back from Ukraine.
* Concur with intelligence agencies that Russia acted alone in trying to influence the 2016 outcome.
* Agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer.
He keeps soft-shoeing around the obvious assertions by almost everyone else in Washington that Putin is a real bad dude and that he governs a country that poses a serious threat to this nation’s security.
He keeps yammering about the need to craft better bilateral relations.
It’s seemingly obvious, though, that the Russians do threaten us. It’s also obvious that they launched an attack on our electoral process.
When is the president of the United States going to own up what has become patently obvious to the nation he was elected to lead?