Now, Eric Trump — the second-eldest son of the former President — thinks he knows why that is.
First off, Eric’s comment — almost certainly unintentionally — is an echo of what George W. Bush once said about Putin.
That comment was widely mocked at the time and, obviously, with the hindsight of history, looks even worse.
Eric Trump’s insistence that, somehow, Putin made a psychological assessment of his father and that’s why he didn’t invade Ukraine is also ripe for mockery.
Plus, consider what we already know about Russia and Trump — namely that Russia actively worked to interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump.
“First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents. The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign.”
Remembering those facts makes Trump’s oft-repeated assertion that “no one” was tougher than him on Russia seem laughable. And it makes Eric Trump’s insistence that Putin knew his father was “a very strong person” equally humorous.