Trump Boasted On Twitter That Vladimir Putin Defended Him Against Impeachment
Just before leaving for his holiday trip to Florida on Friday night, President Donald Trump retweeted an article highlighting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense against his impeachment, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Along retweeting the Associated Press post — which read, "BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment is far-fetched and predicts the U.S. Senate will reject it” — Trump added the comment, "A total Witch Hunt!"
Putin made the comments during his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, at which time he said "completely fabricated reasons” made up the basis of Democrats’ case against the American president.
Russian state media was quick to echo Putin’s sentiments in the days following.
Trump’s Twitter post about Putin’s support followed one day after a Washington Post report indicating that “White House advisers feared Trump's belief that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for interfering with 2016 election was spurred by conversations Trump had had with Putin,” the Chronicle noted.
After Trump’s late-night tweet, other social media users quickly pointed out that with this president, “it’s always Putin First.”
"Trump wants us to know that Putin has his back. We know," tweeted Eric Columbus, who was a Justice Department appointee under former President Barack Obama.
"At the end of the day, it's always Putin First," wrote Bill Kristol, a conservative commentator and "Never Trumper".
Jay Nordlinger, a senior editor at the right-leaning National Review, chimed in as well: "Putin is a dictator who jails opponents, kills opponents, invades neighbors, interferes in democracies' elections, etc. I don't think an American president should be buddying with him. I wonder if Trump defenders are ever (secretly) embarrassed by this stuff. I hope so.”