After President Donald Trump’s congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning his ‘sham’ election, Late Night host Stephen Colbert found levity in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s non-response to the scandal.
“On Sunday, Vladimir Putin won an election rigged to prop up a dangerous strongman who is threatening Western democracy,” the host said.
“That required a strong response,” he continued, “so Donald Trump called him up say ‘atta boy.'”
“A lot of people weren’t happy,” Colbert noted, “that Trump was giving the thumbs-up to a murderous dictator for winning a sham election.”
After playing a clip of the stone-faced bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s response when asked about the president’s remarks to Putin, the host mimicked their deer-in-headlights expressions to audience laughter.
“Uhhhh,” he said, before shouting “smoke bomb!” and disappearing into a cloud.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 21, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
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Trump's lack of respect for the country's long-standing democratic norms and institutions also extends to America's alliances, security arrangements with its allies and friends, and the international order more broadly. To that end Trump has threatened to remove the U.S. from NATO, hailed the merits of nationalism (while barely pretending that does not mean white nationalism), tried to surrender U.S. security to Russian President Vladimir Putin and proclaimed on numerous occasions that America will now stand (mostly) alone in the world.
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Danish media crushes ‘questionable real estate agent’ Trump for his ‘absurd’ snub of their country
President Donald Trump has found himself getting skewered by the Danish media after he abruptly canceled a planned meeting with the Danish prime minister after she refused to sell Greenland to the United States.
Copenhagen-based newspaper Berlingske on Wednesday published several articles and editorials that took Trump to task for snubbing an important European ally because it would not entertain selling him Greenland.
The paper's lead editorial, for example, declared Trump's cancellation "absurd" and said that he was deeply harming his country's relationship with Denmark.