President Trump pulled several bait and switch messaging spin gambits with his reality TV summit extravaganza. The most disturbing was his surprise announcement that the U.S. was suspending military exercises in the region, unbeknownst to our top military leaders. Despite all the sycophantic hype about “Trump the stupendous deal-maker” and “Trump the multi-dimensional strategic genius”, the truth is he is neither and is, in fact, a clueless nincompoop on foreign policy, international diplomacy, and the historical intricacies of dealing with other countries.
Why on earth the president decided to promote Putin’s inclusion in the G-7 meeting and then attack America’s staunchest allies at the G-7, before jetting off to his sideshow summit to kiss the butt of a thug communist despot like Kim Jong Un boggles the mind. Why did he feel the need to praise Kim and tout him as a respected leader, concerned with the welfare of the North Korean people?
The Trump/Russian collusion narrative the mainstream media and Left hyped turned into a disaster for the Dems and a boon for Trump, due to the relentless spin efforts of the mainstream media selling a steady stream of Clinton/Obama/Dem opposition hit pieces, like the Steele dossier, as legitimate news. As I’ve stated many times, both campaigns engaged in “Russian collusion”, trying to acquire dirt on their opponent from Russian sources. The Steele and Shearer dossiers claim high-level Kremlin sources, which would make those efforts successful Clinton/Russian collusion. The Trump campaign has the failed Don Jr. meeting with the Russian lawyer and a Republican operative, Peter Smith, trying to hire a Brit intel agency to buy Hillary’s emails from Russian hackers.
Despite it being highly unlikely that Putin “colluded” directly with Trump or the Trump campaign, President Trump behaves like he’s afraid of Putin and like he has something to hide. The President Trump heading to the G-7 meeting and going on a campaign to advocate that Putin should be invited too follows a long habit of Trump to sell the Russian messaging. Again, this raises the question, “Why?” Why does the president of the United States adopt and try to sell the American people pathetic Russian messaging?
Fast forward to the Trump summit bait and switch, and here is the president selling Kim as a great leader concerned about the North Korean people, but even worse he adopted communist messaging attacking the legitimacy of the American military mission in the region. To sell this truly unconscionable and borderline treasonous crap communist messaging, he pulled a con job selling it to his followers as an effort to save the American taxpayers from wasteful spending.
In our hyper-partisan echo-chambers, each side will dig in, but we all should check our partisan hats when it comes to American national security and foreign policy. Love Trump or hate him, there’s something very wrong with an American president kowtowing to despots, whether that president be President Obama kissing up to Cuban and Iranian thugs or President Trump kissing up to Putin and Kim Jong Un.
This President is as much a foreign policy nightmare as Obama – that’s the unvarnished truth.