He wants the media – and anyone who looks at them – to know that he is only going through applications and does not really believe that he has to tell Putin not to involve Russia in future elections. He checks a box as sarcastically as possible.
This is consistent with how Trump has recently responded to the question of whether he will raise Russia's Putin interference at this G20 meeting. At the weekend Chuck Todd asked NBC Trump if he wanted to talk with Putin about Russia's role in the 201
6 elections. "I can, if you want me to do it, I'll do that," Trump replied. The United States intelligence agencies and the nearly two-year Mueller investigation both confirmed this fundamental fact: Russia actively, aggressively and systematically tried to intervene in the 2016 elections to help Trump and hurt Clinton. They took these measures because they thought Trump would be better for their interests than Clinton. They see the operations as a huge success in 2016 and are likely to pursue further attempts to get involved in the 2020 elections.
These are facts that are confirmed by virtually every person who is able to speak within national security and intelligence communities To know.
The problem? Trump never really believed them – and made that fact clear to anyone who listens.
Do you remember Trump's testimony on Russia's interference after his Helsinki Summit with Putin in July 2018?
"I hold both countries responsible." Trump said. "I think the United States was stupid, I think we're all stupid, and I think we're all to blame."
In other words, this is a feature not a mistake of how Trump Russia, Putin and the intervention in the 2016 elections sees.
If you believe that Trump's careless attitude to Russia's interference is only words, I would like to point out that Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, warns employees against raising the question of how America handles future interventions in our elections because Trump could not get over the fact that talking about Russia meant that people said he had not won fairly and fairly.
Details of operations against Russia with Trump out of fear he might cancel the operations.
None of this is normal. And all of that has real geopolitical implications that will extend well beyond Trump's tenure – whether that's four or eight years.
The idea of mocking another alien power, who already wanted to interfere in our election, not to do it again, is the height of Trump's irresponsibility. It is also basically an open call to Russia to do it again.