(The Ukranian people are so selfish they won’t even let me invade them without throwing a fit about it.)
Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine for information he could use against political rivals came as he was being urged to adopt a hostile view of that country by its regional adversaries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, current and former U.S. officials said.
Trump’s conversations with Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and others reinforced his perception of Ukraine as a hopelessly corrupt country — one that Trump now also appears to believe sought to undermine him in the 2016 U.S. election, the officials said.
Neither of those foreign leaders specifically encouraged Trump to see Ukraine as a potential source of damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, nor did they describe Kyiv as complicit in an unsubstantiated 2016 election conspiracy theory, officials said.
But their disparaging depictions of Ukraine reinforced Trump’s perceptions of the country and fed a dysfunctional dynamic in which White House officials struggled to persuade Trump to support the fledgling government in Kyiv instead of exploiting it for political purposes, officials said.
The role played by Putin and Orban, a hard-right leader who has often allied himself with the Kremlin’s positions, was described in closed-door testimony last week by George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, before House impeachment investigators, U.S. officials said.
So to be clear Trump allowed his opinion of Ukraine to be shaped by the man who hates them for not allowing him to absorb them back into Russia, and others with a grudge against that country rather than his own experts in America.
Man, when Pelosi said all paths lead to Putin, she wasn’t kidding!
And now Trump has convinced himself that the Uranians were also behind the Steele dossier.
Courtesy of The Daily Mail:
Donald Trump has asked Attorney General William Barr to look into potential ties between Hillary Clinton, Ukraine and the bombshell anti-Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
The president claimed that he’s heard rumors that his 2016 rival Clinton hired someone from the Ukraine to write the dossier during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity aired Monday night.
‘You hear about Ukraine, and you’ve been hearing about it. I heard Clinton was involved,’ Trump said.
‘I heard they got somebody who wrote the fake dossier was out of Ukraine. All of the things that happened.
‘And, I assume that the attorney general – I would like the attorney general to find out what’s going on. Because, you know what? We are investigating corruption.
‘In my opinion, that is what it was, corruption, and if Ukraine would know something about the 2016 election, you have to give that information.’
So now Trump is sending America’s State Department on yet another wild goose chase based on a ridiculous conspiracy theory that reinforces his need to believe the Mueller investigation was illegitimate.
You want to laugh at this stuff but you can’t because this is our reality.
And it is terrifying.