Reality is too stupid for words anymore. I’m running out of things to say in the Trump Era because every day is progressively dumber than the previous one, and frankly, the only cogent analysis remaining can be done by the @infinite_scream Twitter account.
Here is the latest saga in the life of president brain worms. Per The Washington Post:
President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call.
Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and U.S. governments have blamed on Moscow.
All joking aside, these leaks are harrowing, because they demonstrate an administrative staff terrified of what their boss will do next. Axios' Jonathan Swan is one of the most connected journalists out there, and he is reporting an aura of shock and awe in the White House.
To be fair to Trump (*gag*), this is a pretty stunning leak, and I would think someone was out to get me too. However, the reasons why seem pretty justified, as the former CIA Director shockingly stated on MSNBC.
This goes beyond personal distaste now. Advisers are leaking notes in response to Trump cuddling up to the Russian despot, and former intelligence officers are openly wondering if the American President is beholden to a Russian dictator. As funny as ignoring “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” is, the reason(s) why Trump did it should all give us pause.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.