In Russia, they call it kozyrnut’. It means “to play a trump card.”
Donald Trump’s missile strike this week against the Russian-backed Syrian regime not only damaged its chemical weapons program, it also happened to give the U.S. president a useful political tool.
Now, whenever anyone accuses Trump of being too cozy with Russia, he can point to the strike against Syria as evidence that he’s willing to defy the Kremlin: Kozyrnut’.
The missile strike on a Syrian airbase came just days before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Moscow, and the implications could be wide-ranging for Trump's relationship with Russia, which kept its push-back largely rhetorical.
The political side effect, meanwhile, could burnish Trump’s defense against claims he is too close to Russia amid ongoing federal probes into whether Moscow tried to swing the 2016 election his way.
“Many people have had concerns that Trump was going to be too soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin, but clearly the actions this week would alleviate some of those concerns, at least in the short term,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who previously worked for Sen. Marco Rubio, a Trump 2016 rival.
This, this right here is what we have to guard against.
Now I am not going to go all Alex Jones here and suggest that the gas attack on the Syrians was a 'false flag attack" orchestrated by Putin and Assad in order to provide cover for Donald Trump.
I don't have enough evidence to really support such a claim. (Though it IS interesting how little damage our missiles did to that airfield, and how bizarre it is that Russia did not try to shoot them down.)
However I will say that whether it was intentional or not currently Trump surrogates are all over the Sunday cable shows pushing the narrative that now we can put that whole Trump/Russian collusion nonsense to rest.
But no we certainly cannot.
This essentially impotent response from Trump does NOTHING to suggest that he and his team were not working with the Russians to steal this election from the American people.
So it is up to us to remind idiots on our Twitter and Facebook feeds that this investigation is still ongoing and that as of right now there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Russians absolutely did what they did to get Trump elected, and that some of Trump's operatives played an active part in that.
I will state publicly that no Syrian has to die to convince all of us that Trump was NOT working with Vladimir Putin. All he has to do is release his taxes going back about ten or twenty years.
You know, like every REAL president has done since Richard Nixon.