If Donald Trump were the “Siberian Candidate” interested in bringing down the United States, he would be off to a great beginning. Putin would approve - you know that guy who ordered precision bombings of children’s hospitals in Aleppo who Donald adores.
The Donald and he are talking today for the first time since the election Putin almost certainly influenced. Word is that Trump may drop sanctions. Perhaps he'll agree to stand by when the Russian bear mauls the Baltic States like he did Crimea.
A Quinnipiac poll yesterday showed Donald at just 36 percent, one week in office, ten points less than his winning 46 per cent. Being president is hard it seems for a 70-year-old real estate magnate with no political experience. Who knew?
Here are the top five ways that the new President of the United States Donald Trump could make Russia’s President Vladimir Putin very happy:
- Undermine election results - even when you’ve won:
No problem! Make an outlandish claim that between 3 and 5 million people voted illegally and announce a major investigation. Ignore the fact that even GOP leaders say there is no evidence.
Trump calls for "major investigation" into voter fraud after alleging, without evidence, millions of illegal votes. https://t.co/xkOTO3kTt0 pic.twitter.com/eFJtzW0vfS— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 25, 2017
Ignore the fact that the first person found double dipping, enrolled to vote in both Florida and New York, is your key aide Steve Bannon.
Also, find out that your own daughter, Tiffany Trump, and your new Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, your lady in waiting Kellyann Conway your son in law Jared Kushner are also able to vote twice.
- Try to destroy the credibility of the free press:
Slam them at every opportunity, imitate and ridicule a disabled journalist.
When they report from impeccable sources that your crowd was smaller than Obama’s first inauguration demand apologies, order an investigation, refer to yourself in the regal third person.
Early estimates put the crowd gathered for Trump’s inauguration at about one-third the size of Obama’s in 2009 https://t.co/v0rGLZv00N pic.twitter.com/97elpXg1CS— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) January 20, 2017
Slam the media at every turn seeking to blunt their inquiries.
- Announce you are dissing your neighbor, Mexico, your second largest trading partner and ally:
Do so when their president is about to visit give him no choice but to refuse to come. Ensure the worst relationship since President Polk declared war on Mexico in 1846. Bring back the "Ugly Gringo" image.
JUST IN: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he won't attend meeting with Trump https://t.co/Db22hLgqpK pic.twitter.com/sKsflj2hEt— Bloomberg (@business) January 26, 2017
- Build a wall to nowhere costing $ 20 billion:
Ignore the fact that when you go high they will go low and tunnel under your wall. Ignore the fact that you depend on Mexican cooperation for drug and terrorist threats, that the number of illegals crossing is at its lowest in decades. Ignore the fact that announcing the wall has brought tens of thousands flooding to the border to get over before the wall is built.
As Donald Trump orders a wall, fewer and fewer people are arrested at the US-Mexico border https://t.co/mHWURnq1QS pic.twitter.com/OCyTvcNmK6— The Economist (@TheEconomist) January 27, 2017
Don’t inform your own cabinet members with responsibility for the wall about your decision. Ignore that eminent domain cases will tie up your wall in court for years, not to mention Indian reservation leaders will tell you that they will refuse to build a wall on their property.
- Defy state’s rights and pull funds from sanctuary cities:
Make sure, therefore, you are ensuring that undocumented immigrants will be afraid to report crimes such as rape and robbery committed against them. Ignore the overwhelming will of the voters in those cities that immigrants have those safeguards. Play the federal bully.
And an extra bonus. Compare yourself to President Lincoln after a week in office. That will win you credibility.
As Putin might say: "Da, a very good start Comrade Trump. And not even a week gone by....! "Na Zdorovje" (Cheers!)
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