US relationship with Russia ‘worse than it’s ever been’ – Trump
"Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?" Trump tweeted.
Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Shortly afterwards Trump also blamed the Democrats, tweeting that "much of the bad blood with Russia" has been caused by the "fake and corrupt" Russia investigation. The tweet referenced the probe which continues despite no evidence being found that there was any collusion between the US president and Moscow during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
This, however, came just minutes after Trump said in a separate tweet that Moscow should "get ready" to shoot down missiles aimed at Syria after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon stated that his country would do so.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
The two tweets left the Twittersphere confused, with many noting that one minute Trump was accusing Russia of being friends with the "gas killing animal" Bashar Assad, and the next saying there is "no reason" that the relationship between Moscow and Washington is so bad.
Twitter user @BlueWaveAhead was quick to point out the irony. "First you threaten Russia, then you hurry up to try and make nice. This is crazier than usual...you seem nervous," she wrote.
WTF...First you threaten Russia, then you hurry up to try and make nice. This is crazier than usual...you seem nervous.— Mallory (@BlueWaveAhead) April 11, 2018
"Between the last tweet and this one, you're off the rails," Brock from near Washington, DC, tweeted.
Political analyst Bill Palmer was quick to accuse Trump of being the reason for the bad relationship between Washington and Moscow. "Gee, whose fault is that?" he asked.
“Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it ever has been.” – gee, whose fault is that?— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 11, 2018
Another person told Trump to "make your mind up," asking whether he wants war or to work together with Russia.
Jesus wept... make up your mind is it war or working together you sad fragmenting imploding piece of garbage?— Old Lefty (@CharMac50) April 11, 2018
Bluster bluster divert
Meanwhile, Frank Warwick from Cheshire, UK, said that Trump's military advisers are "breaking their bollocks to start a war with Russia." He went on to ask why the US president needs to pretend he is the "world police," adding that such behavior didn't work in Iraq or Afghanistan.
You need to behave! You military advisers are breaking their bollocks to start a war with Russia and more why risk the future of millions? Why do you have to pretend your the world police? It didn’t work in Iraq or Afghanistan— Frank Warwick (@HeffW) April 11, 2018
Others took the opportunity to remind people that although Trump is threatening to send missiles to Syria, he tweeted in 2013 to "foolish leader" Barack Obama that "many bad things would happen" if the US attacked the Middle Eastern state. "From that fight the US gets nothing!" he said at the time.
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
Others pointed to a 2013 tweet in which Trump said that he "would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools."
@walaa_3ssaf No, dopey, I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Trump has been quick to place blame on President Bashar Assad for being behind an alleged chemical attack in Syria, without waiting for the results of an official investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The allegations also come despite the fact that the Russian military traveled to the scene and found no evidence of a chemical attack, and that the initial report on the alleged incident came from the rebel-linked White Helmets.
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