As Vladimir Putin unleashed an aerial, criminal, and lethal war of choice on the Ukraine, Donald Trump appeared on Fox News, supporting Putin and blaming his actions on the “rigged” election that threw him out of the White House.
Because of course he did.
Immediately after Russia announced its attack on Ukraine, Trump chose to speak about it.
Not for the first time, he appeared to be completely unaware of the details of a major subject. Trump appeared to believe that the US had suddenly chosen to go to war with Russia at one point.
OMG. After Ingraham mentions that Russian forces are reportedly engaged in an amphibious attack, Trump says, "you told me about the amphibious attack by Americans. You shouldn't be saying that … they should do that secretly."
"No. That was the Russians," Ingraham corrects him. pic.twitter.com/dG6l5mPBK4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 24, 2022
“We are just learning that US authorities are looking at a potential amphibious landing now in Odessa, Ukraine,” Halfway through the conversation, Laura Ingraham said.
The plain message was that Russia was considering an amphibious invasion as part of its strike, but Trump mistook it for the US “considering” one. The former president of the United States was quickly chastised and chastised.
The conversation cut away from what was going on at the United Nations after Ingraham brought up the subject. When she returned to her guest, he was all set to utilize the information against one of his favorite targets: those same “US officials.”
“Well, I think the whole thing, again, would have never happened. It shouldn’t happen. And it’s a very sad thing,” Trump said. “But you know what is also very dangerous is, you told me about the amphibious attack by Americans because you and everyone else shouldn’t know about it. They should do that secretly, not be doing that through the great Laura Ingraham. They should be doing that secretly. Nobody should know that, Laura.”
Ingraham quickly jumped in to point out that this was not what Fox was reporting.
“No, those are the Russian — the Russian amphibious landing,” Ingraham said.
“Oh, I thought you said we were sending people in,” Trump said.
“No, I did not. No, no. No, no, no,” Ingraham replied. “That would be news.”
And it most certainly would be. While Ingraham’s initial phrase was a little vague, the Biden administration has stated repeatedly that even if Russia invaded Ukraine, American forces would not be used.
“We are not going to be in a conflict with Russia or deploying military soldiers on the ground in Ukraine against Russia,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said just hours before.
Did he brief Fox News on top secret informat when he was President and assume they were still getting the briefings?
— U the Frood (@UberFrood) February 24, 2022
If the US had done a 180 on that so soon — and given the seriousness of such a choice — it would have deserved more than a passing mention of what US officials were saying about fresh developments.
Despite this, Trump appeared to assume the US military was on the move, and he chose to blame his own government based on his mistake.
The potential of an amphibious Russian attack on Odessa has been in the news for weeks, with Russian ships lately entering the Black Sea near the commercial ports of Odessa.
On Feb. 13, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius said that “Eleven amphibious ships ring the Black Sea coast, ready to disgorge marines onto Ukraine’s southern underbelly.”
That is so brutally embarrassing and I hate that I have to feel it instead of them.
— flora (@FioreFlowerFlor) February 24, 2022
This is far not the first time Trump has been caught off guard on a significant topic. It reappeared several times during the coronavirus epidemic. He consistently demonstrated a disinterest in the fundamentals of how Congress operates.
Trump has previously demonstrated a lack of awareness with crucial Russian topics, as when he mistook Vladimir Putin’s comment about “obsolete” Western-style liberalism to refer to left-leaning politicians in the Western United States.