President Donald Trump gave himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin a giant pat on the back Tuesday morning via Twitter, claiming that the United States had helped prevent a “planned terrorist attack” in Saint Petersburg, Russia:
President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved. Great & important coordination!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
According to the Washington Post, the president was referencing a report from the Russian state news agency Tass:
Russia’s Federal Security Service, the country’s principal intelligence agency, detained two Russian nationals on Dec. 27 “on the basis of information provided earlier by the American partners,” the agency’s spokesman told Tass, Russia’s state news agency. They were charged with planning a terrorist attack that allegedly was to occur during the New Year’s holiday in St. Petersburg, at the Kazan Cathedral in the center of the city and at a shopping center near the Moskovsky Rail Terminal.
Not everyone was delighted with Trump’s victory dance, especially since he couldn’t help but mention Putin:
Sure. That’s why he called.
Can’t wait to find out what New Year’s resolutions he ordered you to keep in 2020.
— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 31, 2019
great to hear that your yearly performance review went well, did Putin give you a raise as well
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 31, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) December 31, 2019
Putin is playing into his narcissism by calling to thank him. Playing right into his ego. He wants Trump to think he trusts him and vice versa. Meanwhile he gains strength with his hypersonic weapons and will eventually turn on Trump publicly. But by then we will be screwed.
— ResistRemove45?? (@bipartisonship) December 31, 2019
Did you discuss Russia’s previous and planned attacks on our elections?
Or is that part of you and Putin’s “coordination?”
— Jean L.P. Jaurès ???⚖️ (@larsp2740) December 31, 2019
Oh, Saint Petersburg is “very beautiful”, but New York and San Francisco are both hellholes? Who do you work for President Trump?!?
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) December 31, 2019
Love Hillary, hate Hillary, whatever. But that moment in the debate where she called Donald Putin’s puppet is going to go down in history. She wasn’t afraid to speak the damn truth to his orange face.
RETWEET if you demand public readings of all Trump-Putin talks. #RemoveTrump
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) December 31, 2019
What do you suppose Putin got Donnie for Christmas? A promise of four more years in office if he’s a good boy?
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