Trump's attacks on America this week are providing great fodder for Russian propagandists.
In the aftermath of Trump's disgraceful and humiliating performance at Monday's summit with Vladimir Putin, Russian state media is openly mocking Trump for bashing America and acting "like an agent of the Kremlin."
Even before the summit started, government-controlled media in Russia had already declared victory by virtue of the fact that the leader of the free world invited Putin to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him on the world stage, without demanding any concessions or preconditions.
The moment Trump showed up, Putin scored a major optics win.
But even the most seasoned Kremlin propagandist couldn't have written a better script than the one Trump delivered when he sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community and then blamed the poor state of U.S.-Russia relations on America's "foolishness and stupidity."
Speaking about Trump's remarks after the summit, Russian state TV hosts Olga Skabeeva and Evgeny Popov could barely contain their laughter as they ridiculed Trump for attacking the country he supposedly leads.
"It is very bizarre, you can't bash your own country like that — especially when you're the President," said Popov, according to the translation provided by Russian media analyst Julia Davis, who first pointed out the exchange Tuesday night.
"When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin," Skabeeva added.
As Davis noted in an article for the Washington Post, this is all part of Russia's propaganda game. Since Russian TV is controlled by the state, the only views and statements that are expressed on state TV are ones that the Kremlin approves of.
When state TV hosts mock Trump for acting like "an agent of the Kremlin," they're taunting him for being weak.
And it's not just on TV, either. Earlier this week, Russian propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik News touted Trump's comments about American "foolishness and stupidity," putting them at the top of their respective websites in bold red font.
Usually, propaganda outlets have to put a spin on reality to make it conform to the desired narrative. But in the case of Trump, his words alone are the best talking points a Kremlin propagandist could ask for.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.