It’s like Donald Trump is Putin’s drunken wingman. 

Courtesy of Bloomberg:

With the world on edge over rising tensions in the Middle East, one leader seems unfazed: Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president arrived in Damascus on Tuesday in just his second visit to Syria since the start of the country’s civil war nearly nine years ago.

The timing is significant. The U.S. and its allies are assessing the damage after Iran fired a series of missiles at U.S.-Iraqi airbases early Wednesday in retaliation for the killing of Tehran’s top general Qassem Soleimani. Markets are on edge and uncertainty reigns over the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq.

But Putin is pushing ahead with his own agenda in the region. The Russian president traveled from the Damascus airport to a command post of Russian forces where he met his counterpart and ally Bashar al-Assad.

“This is a clear signal to allies and opponents that when stability declines and risks rise, when uncertainty appears, Russia underlines that its presence in the Middle East is unchanging, unlike the U.S.,” said Andrey Kortunov, director of the Russian International Affairs Council, a group with close ties to the Kremlin. “In contrast to Donald Trump’s unpredictability, Russia’s consistency becomes advantageous.”

So helpful that Trump pulled American troops out of Syria to make room for the Kremlin to establish it’s influence, don’t you think? 

It seems to me that the decisions made by Donald Trump often find the American people scrambling to understand, while in Russia it all seems to perfectly fit a predetermined agenda. 

Funny how that works out.