Take that Vlad!

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

You pay to kill our troops—we won’t invite you to our meeting of world leaders.

That’s the scenario being mulled by senior officials in the upper echelons of the Trump administration, who are scrambling for a way to respond to Russia after news broke that Moscow paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. forces. One idea these officials have raised with President Donald Trump in recent days: not inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the G7 summit of global powers later this year.

President Trump told reporters in late May that he wanted to invite Russia to the meeting (which used to be known as the G8, until Russia was suspended for annexing Crimea and invading Ukraine). And that following Monday, Trump spoke with Putin on the phone to discuss, among other things, the G7 gathering and the possibility that Russia might attend.

But over the last several days, senior officials in the White House, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, have recommended to Trump that he not formally extend that invitation in the wake of the recent reports about the Russian bounties. (That’s according to two U.S. officials and a third source familiar with the matter.) While President Trump has not made a final decision on whether to officially invite Russia to the G7, officials say the administration is also considering inviting India and Australia to the meeting.

What kind of weak-ass bullshit is this?

You know that these officials realize that an actual appropriate response like sanctions, the closing of embassies, or expulsion of Russian diplomats will get shot down immediately by Trump so they are trying to find the most minimal response imaginable that their boss might entertain. 

But what they are really doing is trying to find a “punishment” that Putin will accept as reasonable so that he will give Trump permission to publicly sign off on it.

Because we know who really runs America, don’t we folks?