We’ve wanted to the President to finally stand up to Russia since the campaign, but dude: THIS IS NOT HOW YOU DO IT.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
The President just announced that we’re going to war. On Twitter.
There’s always a tweet…. https://t.co/HGcztKqTlN— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) April 11, 2018
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
At least he’s not announcing his intentions ahead of time, as he promised so many times during the campaign … oh wait.
This would seem to be a reversal of a key tenet of the Trump Doctrine: element of surprise!https://t.co/PRunciVJUg— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) April 11, 2018
Actually, I heard this morning that Syrian troops are all running the hell away from potential targets, but then I also heard something about Russian bases being hit in potential strikes, and I hugged and kissed my children for the final time.
And what’s up with the question mark. “Don’t start a nuclear war with us?”
Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Anway, this is how they see Trump’s tweets in Russia:
Russia gov't news coverage (translation):— Alexis Simendinger (@ASimendinger) April 11, 2018
"Trump promised Russia to hit Syria with `new, smart' missiles. But 40 minutes later he changed his mind: he offered peace and help with the economy"https://t.co/lcSlDsFg0X
Трамп пообещал России ударить по Сирии https://t.co/lcSlDsFg0X
— You know, good luck with this, fellas, considering the Majority Leader probably won’t even bring it up for a vote.
Inbox: Today, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will introduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. The new legislation merges two parallel efforts into one unified, bipartisan bill.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 11, 2018
While you guys are considering a bill to protect Mueller, maybe also consider a bi-partisan bill to protect the fucking country from Trump’s national security impulses.
— In other news, even before the raid, Trump was thinking about firing Sessions and Rosenstein, which we knew. But Christopher Wray, too? From the NYTimes:
Mr. Trump’s mood had begun to sour even before the raids on his lawyer. People close to the White House said that over the weekend, the president engaged in few activities other than dinner at the Trump International Hotel. He tuned into Fox News, they said, watched reports about the so-called deep state looking to sink his presidency and became unglued.
Mr. Trump angrily told his advisers that people were trying to undermine him and that he wanted to get rid of three top Justice Department officials — Jeff Sessions, the attorney general; Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mr. Mueller; and Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director — according to two people familiar with what took place.
— If Trump doesn’t do it, California Congressman Devin Nunes will, I guess. He is “not messing around.” He’s going to impeach Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS, DUDE.
Trump just appointed Christopher Wray less than a year ago. That’s his guy. The FBI Director gets a 10-year appointment, and Trump wants to fire him? That seems like a big deal to me that he’s even contemplating it. It’s not like the Senate is going to confirm, say, Michael Cohen, to be the FBI Director.
— Finally, re: Paul Ryan’s retirement, I have to post this tweet from Parker Molloy as another reminder of how amazing Tom Morello is.
My favorite Paul Ryan moment is the time he said that Rage Against the Machine was his favorite band and Tom Morello responded by writing an editorial for Rolling Stone just shitting all over him. https://t.co/bMm9rPuqGc pic.twitter.com/4ZSMh553LG— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 11, 2018
I swear I have listened to Rage more during the Trump Administration than I ever did when they were at their peak, and I listened to them a lot at their peak.
After Paul Ryan retires, as he’s set to announce this morning, maybe he can join former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, on his new endeavor!
I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. @AcreageCannabis https://t.co/f5i9KcQD0W— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 11, 2018