Sarah Sanders said yesterday that the US “stands in solidarity with its closest ally, the United Kingdom.” Today she put on her most resolute voice and stated that Russia will have to decide whether it wants to be a good actor or a bad actor. Meanwhile, the president has said little to nothing publicly about the Salisbury poisoning, which sickened dozens of British citizens, not just the former Russian spy and his daughter. (Of course some say you can never quit being a Chekist, just as there are no true ex-Catholics.)
I expect Russians will laugh and think: heck no we are not about to choose between being bad or good; the whole point of maskirovska is to sow FUD. Meanwhile, Trump boasts of making up trade deficits with Canada. Justin Trudeau knew Trump was wrong, Trump knew he had no idea whether he was speaking the truth, and Trudeau and every other foreign leader already knew Trump is talking smack 99% of the time.
American presidents have not always told the truth in public or private, but Trump is not the master of maskirovka that Putin is, even though he can still befuddle the mainstream media some of the time. Most of us here in the US have become embarrassed by our transparently lying leader, discount every word he says as dubious, and I expect it’ll show in the elections coming up soon.