Responding today to the sanctions that President Obama imposed on Russia, Primadonald said this: It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its’ great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
This statement is stunning for its dismissiveness and the naive belief that there is something out there that is “bigger and better” than fighting back against a foreign nation that invaded our privacy, and sought to contaminate a process that is so fundamental and dear to our nation’s existence – the democratic process. But no worries; “next week” our newly elected Commander-in-Chief will meet with the “leaders of the intelligence community to be updated on the facts of this situation”.
Regardless or how it happened or who made it happen, Primadonald is now boxed in and it’s likely that he knows it and is not one bit happy about it. On the one hand, he has notable members of Congress like John McCain and Lindsey Graham who are challenging him to get tough with Russia, to not mess with the sanctions that are in place and be to be ready for Congress to pass some new, tougher one. On the other hand, you have Trump’s much-reported bromance with Russia’s Putin who would be delighted in his new BFF simply ashcanned the sanctions.
Stuck between these two opposing “pulls”, Trump’s statement (see above) does buy him some time to try to figure out who he’s going to offend and how to save his political skin in the process. Look for a lot of weasel-wording, spin from his surrogates, and after that meeting with the Intel community, vague expressions of doubt that what he has been told and shown is conclusive enough to warrant the sanctions.