The White House refuses to stand up to Moscow, even after Russia brags about launching missile attacks against the U.S.
With a pre-dawn tweet on Friday, Trump once again lashed out at a foe.
It wasn't the avowed foreign adversary who on Thursday bragged that his country has new "invincible" intercontinental cruise missiles that can pierce American defenses, and who seemed to fantasize about launching a deadly aerial strike on Florida.
No, Trump didn't confront Vladimir Putin following the Russian leader's dangerous saber rattling.
Instead, at 5:49 a.m., Trump lashed out at a late-night comedian: "Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!
The actor quickly, and deftly, fired back:
Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 2, 2018
Trump's priorities are, of course, warped. The supposed commander-in-chief stands down in the face of Putin openly threatening the United States, but rushes into a social media spat with an actor.
During his annual state of the nation address in Moscow, Putin bragged about the country's alleged weapons breakthrough.
“With the new system, there is no limitation,” Putin said. “As you can see from this video, it can attack any target through the North Pole or via the South Pole. No missile defense system will be able to withstand it.”
Incredibly, "The video simulation showed multiple nuclear missiles traveling across the globe and through space before showering down on southern Florida, where President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort happens to be," the Huffington Post reported. "The footage of Florida being hit was recycled from a 2015 video created by the Russians."
Trump's response the Putin's public taunt about being able to strike the U.S. at will? Complete silence. Trump remains incapable of standing up to Russia.
Note that last month the White House bragged about the next-level sanctions it's imposing against North Korea. The move was made to pressure the regime to end its nuclear weapons program, which Trump seems to be singularly obsessed with.
"If the sanctions don't work, we'll have to go to phase two, and phase two may be a very rough thing," Trump said at the time, hinting at military strikes.
By contrast, more than 500 members of Congress voted to impose sanctions on Russia for its role in undermining the 2016 election, yet Trump still refuses to implement the sanctions.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders even suggested Russia hadn't done anything wrong, therefore didn't deserve to be hit with sanctions.
Is Trump compromised by Moscow? Special counsel Robert Mueller might soon answer that question. For now, Trump sure acts like he is.