Even Russian State Television Says Trump Isn’t Making Sense

They think he’s “at war with common sense.”

Evan Vucci/AP

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.

While leaving the White House on Tuesday to travel to Europe for a week of meetings with NATO allies and, later, a Finland summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin, President Trump made an odd pronouncement: that his upcoming meeting with Putin would be the easiest of the bunch.

“So I have NATO, I have the UK—which is somewhat in turmoil,” Trump told reporters. “And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?”

When asked if he thought Putin was a friend or a foe of the United States, Trump said, “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a competitor.” 

Given the ongoing federal investigation into Russian election interference, Trump’s relative ease at meeting with the Russian leader—and his reluctance to acknowledge that Putin is an American adversary—is pretty foolish. So much so, in fact, that even Russian state TV—heavily controlled and funded by the Kremlin—made fun of Trump’s pronouncement in a Tuesday segment on the local talk show 60 Minutes. Trump’s belief that meeting with Putin is no big deal, they said, is “at war with common sense.” 

The host Olga Skabeeva opened the segment with footage of Trump and Melania getting on their Europe-bound plane together, holding hands. “Trump, having reconciled with Melania, seems to be fighting with the world and with common sense, saying that NATO and the UK are worse than Putin, and that Putin is not an adversary,” she said.

She added that “Trump is also bringing Putin a ‘little’ present—why ‘little,’ I don’t know.” (Skabeeva seems to have mixed up, perhaps intentionally, Trump’s plans to give a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.) Later in the show, Skabeeva joked that perhaps Trump’s little gift for Putin is, in fact, Ukraine. 

The full clip, in Russian, is below:

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate