Russian state media controlled by the Kremlin set out to tickle President Trump’s fragile ego in the face of falling ratings after his stormy appearance on Mount Rushmore on Friday.
Noting that the American head of state had previously played with the idea that he could be seen alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia’s leading state-run media channel Rossiya-1 beamed a graphic of Trump’s mug right on the mountain next to them out .
Given the frequent allusions of Russian state media to Trump as Moscow’s friend, even as Moscow̵
However, on Saturday, July 4th, there were signs that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are trying to keep their long-term bromance at bay, at least as far as the official records are concerned.
Putin sent a telegram congratulating President Donald J. Trump on America’s Independence Day. Interesting step. By avoiding a phone call, Putin also avoided direct pressure to send reports of the Kremlin to the Taliban to kill American soldiers and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Before the bounty leaks flooded the U.S. intelligence community, calls between Trump and Putin had become unusually common, but these revelations slowed the president’s chatter.
Trump – who is at least as reluctant as Putin to discuss the matter – had also avoided complimenting him on Russia’s nationwide vote for constitutional changes that Putin will secure the Russian presidency for life.
The Kremlin described the vote as a “triumphant referendum” demonstrating nationwide confidence in Putin. But only a handful of foreign leaders called to congratulate him, and when they came from the presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and South Ossetia, Putin’s impression of a pariah was only intensified.
“Russian 60 minutes’ Evgeny Popov affectionately described Tucker Carlson as’ practically our co-moderator ‘.”
While Trump probably received the “Don’t Congratulate” post from his national security advisers, old Chekist Putin can certainly read between the lines. After all, Trump notoriously took Putin’s side in Helsinki, denied Russia’s proven interference in the US elections, essentially gave up US bases in Syria in favor of the Russians, played publicly and divisively with the idea of reintroducing Russia into the G8, and threatened to remove almost a third of US troops from Germany – a midsummer night’s dream for Putin.
Trump-centered Fox News and the GOP follow the leadership of the pro-Russian President of America and talk about topics that the Kremlin is increasingly benefiting from. Russian state media have broadcast so many comments from Tucker Carlson that the host of the Russian state television program 60 minutes Evgeny Popov affectionately described Carlson as “practically our co-host”.
Likewise, instead of inventing his own divisive propaganda, TASS easy Quotes Devin Nunes and Mike Pompeo, both trying to find and punish the spills that exposed the Kremlin’s supposed cash-for-kills program, punished Russia for imposing a price on American soldiers.