Pierce; Op Ed: Of Course Trump Got Ukraine Policy Advice from Russia and Hungary

don’t know if you’ve noticed over the last couple of years, but the current president* doesn’t know very much about foreign policy. Luckily, though, as the Washington Post demonstrates, he knows exactly where to go for help.

Trump’s conversations with Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and others reinforced his perception of Ukraine as a hopelessly corrupt country — one that Trump now also appears to believe sought to undermine him in the 2016 U.S. election, the officials said…But their disparaging depictions of Ukraine reinforced Trump’s perceptions of the country and fed a dysfunctional dynamic in which White House officials struggled to persuade Trump to support the fledgling government in Kyiv instead of exploiting it for political purposes, officials said.

I suspect that this story may vanish beneath the waves now that the president* has declared himself the victim of a “lynching.” (Honest to god, he did that Tuesday morning.) But it shouldn’t. It’s the best example yet of the dangers inherent in his ignorance, rather than the dangers inherent in his venality. You can play this president* like a tin whistle if you read him correctly, and you can read him like a one-page flyer stuck under your windshield wipers at the Piggly Wiggly. Putin and Orban are good at being autocrats and dictators. They can see an incompetent one coming from miles away.

Article URL : https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a29547336/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-viktor-orban-ukraine/

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