Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

News & Comment

NY Daily News Cover: ‘Open Treason’

Poetic Justice

He Said, He Said

And we thought Donald Trump was just a racist old demagogue,
But his authoritarian tendencies are too many to catalogue.
And there’ll be no disputin’
When he sits down with Vlad Putin,
That it’ll just be a good old one-on-one despot dialogue.

Verbatim

Putin Explains Why There Has Not Been a Russia-U.S. Summit During Trump’s Term

“You should ask our colleagues in the United States. In my opinion, this is the result of the ongoing acute political struggle in the United States. Indeed, Donald Trump and I have, firstly, met more than once at various international venues and secondly, we regularly talk over the phone.”

— Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by Axios, on why there hasn’t been a U.S.-Russian summit meeting yet.

Enumerati

ESPN: Putin Scored Five Goals in Exhibition Hockey Game

5

“Russian President Vladimir Putin scored five goals in an exhibition hockey game with former NHL stars on Thursday,” ESPN reports.“Five goals was on the low side by Putin’s standards — he scored eight in the 2015 game and seven last year.”

Verbatim

Putin: North Korea Will ‘Eat Grass’ Before Abandoning Nuclear Program

“They’ll eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure.”

Bloomberg, arguing that sanctions against North Korea are “useless and ineffective.”
Enumerati

Putin More Trusted than Trump Globally

22 out of 36

A new Pew Research survey finds that respondents in 22 out of 36 countries trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin more than President Trump when it comes to handling global affairs. And that includes American allies like Germany, France and Japan.

Verbatim

Trump Thanks Putin for Expelling Diplomatic Staff

“I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll.”

— U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order cutting U.S. embassy and consulate staff by nearly two thirds, Reuters reports.

Poetic Justice

Vlad the Comedian

We think we know why Putin always seems to be smilin’—
He uses sarcasm and humor on Trump to beguile him.
And his latest jest
Is surely one of his best —
He’s offering Jim Comey political asylum!

Verbatim

Putin Admits Some Russians Might Have Hacked U.S. Election

“If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions — which are right, from their point of view — to the fight against those who say bad things about Russia.”

— Russian President Vladimir Putin, shifting away from his previous blanket denials of Russian involvement in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, denied any state role on Thursday but said that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved, the New York Times reports.

Poetic Justice

Two Credible Kremlinites

We received the definitive denial from Vladimir Putin —
That Russia meddled in the 2016 election is a “fiction.”
To make matters better,
Trump backed him up on Twitter,
So let’s just ignore the evidence and investigations and believe ’em.