Trump's a laughing stock on the world stage.
The Kremlin went on the record this morning to belittle Trump’s latest Twitter rant, during which he appeared both to threaten “smart!” missiles against Syria and warn Russia not to get involved.
In their response, the Russian government dismissed Trump with a statement that deemed him unserious.
“We do not participate in Twitter diplomacy,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “We support serious approaches. We continue to believe that it is important not to take steps that could harm an already fragile situation.”
Indeed, Trump has been his singularly incoherent self with regards to Syria, where Russia for years has played a central role in the country’s endless civil war. Just this morning, Trump couldn’t seem to keep his stories straight.
Less than an hour after he taunted with his “smart!!” missile threat to Russia, Trump seemed anxious to walk it all back, posting a tweet about how important it is for the U.S. to have close relations with Russia.
Soon after that, Trump blamed special counsel Robert Mueller for America’s “bad blood” with Russia — not that fact that Russia attacked our democratic elections in 2016.
The Kremlin’s casual smackdown on Wednesday only seems to highlight Trump’s weakening standing on the world stage.
On Tuesday, Trump canceled his diplomatic trip to a summit in Latin America, which would have been his first trip to the region. The White House claimed it was so that Trump could monitor the situation in Syria. But Trump’s supposed monitoring has only consisted of him posting disjointed tweets.
The larger suspicion is that Trump remains deeply rattled by the FBI’s raid on the office and home of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. And that’s why he called off his summit appearance.
Meanwhile, you get the feeling that Putin is enjoying the spectacle of Trump’s slow-motion implosion.