Vladimir Putin will be the top guy in the Russian government for at least the next six years. Putin recently won re-election with more than 75 percent of the vote, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Anyone who thought that Putin wouldn’t be re-elected is fooling themselves. Russia really doesn’t have, what is referred to as “free and open” elections.
Regardless, this is not the only release why Putin’s re-election has gained attention as of late.
Apparently, in a call with the Russian leader, President Trump actually congratulated the former KGB agent on his re-election. Why the orange one felt compelled to give Putin a pat on the back for his sham win, escapes me.
Others, including Sen. McCain, are also bewildered as to why Trump would do such a thing.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018
This is a complete embarrassment – Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't answer directly if Russsia's election was free and fair. Slap in the face to those of us who STILL defend freedom & democracy and disavow brutal dictatorship regimes.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 20, 2018
Putin’s “election” is performance art, and both European leaders and Trump are playing their parts in the show. They shouldn’t.
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) March 20, 2018
But things get worse for President Trump. Apparently, Trump received national security briefing papers specifically instructing him not to do give Putin a pat on the back.
Now Trump is said to be furious about the leak. Fine. Sure. He should be upset. But why in the world did someone have to tell the president it probably wasn’t the best of ideas to tell congratulate Putin? Why was that necessary? Should’ve been a matter of common sense, right?
Then one has to ask why did Trump feel compelled to ignore that advice? Makes no sense, none.