MERGER NEARLY COMPLETE: Trump Praises “Very Smart!” Putin For Declining To Retaliate For Sanctions

The Hill reports:

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin as “very smart” for not retaliating against the U.S. for new sanctions unveiled this week. President Obama on Friday announced that 35 Russian diplomats were being expelled from the U.S. as well as a wide swath of economic sanctions.

The move was in retaliation after the U.S. intelligence community determined that Russia was behind hacks of Democratic operatives and groups during the election. Putin on Friday announced he wouldn’t retaliate for Obama’s sanctions, instead waiting to work with Trump after his inauguration next month.

  • Sam_Handwich

    and he PINNED the tweet to the top!

    • Lazycrockett

      Kelly Anne Bitch must have given him a reward for all the hard work hes doing.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        If only we could make it so she’d have to flee with her family to Russia. She could then work at finding a private school for her kids in Moscow.

    • Tor

      I don’t even know what that means, but I’m ok with that.

    • TampaDink

      I’m so proud to be a bottom right now. ;-P

  • Lazycrockett

    The rate this is going Russia will have troops on US soil by mid April to help us with that Black Lives Matter issue.

    • clay

      Trump did imply imposing martial law in US within 24 hours of his inauguration in his RNC acceptance speech.

      • At what point does our military refuse to follow his orders?

        • KnownDonorDad

          Maybe Gen. Mattis will finally say “eff this.”

    • JCF

      Something like this: Joint US-Russian military exercises on US soil…followed by “Reichstag Fire”.

  • James in Hollywood

    Our long national nightmare, ladies and germs. I just want to wake up and hear an announcement that Prince, George Michael, David Bowie and Debbie Reynolds are slated to perform at Hillary’s inauguration.

    • JCF

      …and Princess Leia just strangled Jabba the Trump.

  • this fucking shit is not presidential (precedence?)!!

    • rednekokie

      I can’t think of a single thing that sTrumpf has done which is, in any form or fashion, presidential.
      We’re in for a very rough ride!

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Jude Newton

    It is almost as if, every single day, he comes up with something to get the GOP to oust him. He never wanted to be president. He was on a year long funded marketing tour & the ignorant voters shocked him by giving him the job. This is just so fucked up.

    • kaydenpat

      Yet they (and we) are stuck with him for at least four years.

    • Gerry Fisher

      mmm-hmmm! He wanted it to work “a little.” Not this much.

  • bkmn

    The United States of Soviet America.

  • SunsetGay

    I fully expect that tomorrow (with one day left in 2016) that we will see the Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Vladimir Putin, Mike Huckabee orgy sex-tape.

    Sounds crazy, but Azealia Banks just revealed that she has been sacrificing live chickens in a closet for 3 years as part of her witchcraft routing. Nothing abnormal about that whatsoever.

    • Jeffg166

      Is this the tape where they are having sex with each other?

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        The mental picture is making me sick.

    • Librarykid

      If Huckleberry falls on them and takes them both out, like Fatty Arbuckle, it will be a snuff film that will be praised, not that I would want to watch it, ever.

  • Jeffg166

    Trump must owe the Russians so much money.

    • Lazycrockett

      Oh he’s being blackmailed and everyone knows it.

      • Sam_Handwich
        • Librarykid

          I hope it comes out in a horrible revelation that gets Trump thrown into prison, for treason or worse, where he dies. I hope he never gets to see touch or enjoy any of his wealth again and the name Trump is such a disgrace that his penniless family is reduced to living in refrigerator boxes.

          • bzrd

            Yes, is anyone investigating that secret email server with the russkies ?

          • Librarykid

            No, no one is investigating anything because the Republican shit machine which was connected DIRECTLY to all major media has been shut down now that it has defeated Hillary by means most foul. Basically, it’s “move along folks; nothing to see here.”

        • Joe in PA

          To me, this tweet pinning is just about fucking with us. Can’t you just see his tiny hands whacking his teeny weeny peeny…ooh oooh … this feels so good.

          Ok, I just threw up a little.

          • bzrd

            a peenut is hard to find in the bush

    • kaydenpat

      Yep.

    • Mike C

      But what? Sex scandals didn’t work. His string of failed business? Ignored. Calling out to a foreign country to hack our elections – which they then did – didn’t work. Nothing sticks. It’s insane.

    • Halou

      I’m sure Donald’s bigly debt can be forgiven if he looks the other way as Europe is “reunified” with the Russian empire. Payment is delivered one way or another.

    • JCF

      Not to mention Putin must know all about Trump’s “Dead Girls or Live Boys”.

  • JWC

    trump has to be careful how he weiggles thru this.. of shit who am i kidding he will blow it out of the water with one tweet

  • AtticusP
    • kaydenpat

      And Palin is the happiest woman because far.

      • coram nobis

        She should sit on the South Portico at the White House, She really WILL be able to see Russia from there.

    • another_steve

      I make it a point to refer to him as the “Sexual Predator-elect.”

      • AtticusP

        That works well, too.

      • bzrd

        I’ve called him the putintater

  • Treason.

    • kaydenpat

      Reagan has got to be spinning in his grave.

      • bill weber

        glad Dems have finally assumed their place as ’50s Republicans.

  • MikeBx2
  • AdamTh

    Donnie the Puppet will cancel the sanctions Jan 20…

    • Lazycrockett

      Hell he will have Putin swear him in.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Librarykid

      He’s too fucking stupid to realize he is dealing with a butcher.

      • Zoey
        • Zoey
          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Pol Pot and Idi Amin must be turning over in their graves from jealousy.

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      • gothambear

        Trump thinks he is using his Art of the Deal tactics on Putin – just like when he would call news anchors and compliment on their “performance” thinking it would buy him positive coverage in the future. It’s like the used car salesman telling you how great you look today when you walk onto the lot. Oily and gross.

        • Chicago joe

          Bingo! Smiling Donny has no fucking clue what he is about to wade into, and drag the rest of us with him

      • We’re lucky.

        The last time that lazy MoFo-er imposed sanctions the pork industry and apple growers took a huge hit.

        The boy king did not knw what he was doing.

    • Jeffrey

      Seriously terrifying to anyone with a functioning brain stem.

    • 2patricius2

      When sometime in the future we make it through this nightmare as a country, Donald Trump will go down in history as the first president to be a traitor to his country. We have had some really bad ones who have done some terrible things. But this one is a full grown traitor, aided and abetted by a party of traitors.

      • bill weber

        very right-wing nationalist of you.

    • FAEN

      And they have the gall to call themselves patriots and us traitors.

      • Cylux

        >Implying the current sitting and outgoing president represents the US as a whole.

        To any objective outside observer its fairly clear that Obama and his administration are doing everything in their power to
        destroy foreign relationships, enact difficult to kill regulations, and
        has in fact taken on a Scorched Earth policy to make sure Trump has
        nothing but a mess on his hands when he takes office on January 20th.
        Quite as to WHY this Scorched Earth policy is in the benefits of the American public remains to be seen, but liberals defend it regardless and call it patriotism.

        • JT

          Trumpanzees like you are anything but objective outside observers.

        • FAEN
        • Todd20036

          Obama ended 2 wars and didn’t get us involved in any. Oh yeah. Scorched earth

          Trympsnzees have their own worthless reality

          • bill weber

            loooooooooooooool

            you are deeply deluded. Obama started US participation in 6-8 conflicts. Every president does; it’s required.

          • Cylux

            What even is Libya and Syria?

        • FAEN

          Trump takes every opportunity to praise Putin and Russia. He CHEERED while Russia, a hostile foreign government, hacked the DNC. That is not patriotism.

          President Obama trying to make sure the GOP don’t kill the ACA, doing what he can for the environment is NOT a Scorched Earth policy. It’s being an adult.

          • Cylux

            The DNC and Hillary were his opponents, he wanted to best them, and the funny part is all the Russian Hackers did was expose their dirty little secrets, like for example the nomination process being a fait accompli from before Sanders even put his hat into the ring and started taking donations.
            I know that’s the sort of information I’d like to know before casting my vote so I could make an informed choice.

    • JT

      Despot-wannabee Drumpf praises despot Putin.

      #TrumpTreason

    • bill weber

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Outlaw Woman

    Geez Donnie, just suck his dick already!
    The sexual tension is unbearable!

    • BobSF_94117

      One of These Things Is Not Like the Others.

      • danolgb

        Putin hasn’t been accused of rape?

      • coram nobis

        One of them has facial hair.

      • Librarykid

        Yeah,one has no brains and it’s the one on the right.

      • I see three egomaniacs who have abused power, authority and women to achieve what they want…nope they are all three quite similar…

      • Bomer

        One has no chin and a bad weave.

        • bzrd

          labia majora chin

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    In order to stay ahead of things, we should learn to speak Russian.

    • Natty Enquirer

      So much for all those Mandarin lessons.

  • Rex

    USSA.

    • Natty Enquirer

      ебать да

    • JWC

      One good thing about 21 Jan For the last 8 years in the US everything that the GOP found wrong was Obama’s fault well now it will all be Trump’s fault

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        During W’s reign, I had a bumper sticker that said, “Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for him.”

        • JWC

          Remember seeing them Then it was Cheneys hand up Bushes butt this time will it be Pence or Putin

      • kaydenpat

        The racists will still find a way to blame President Obama. I’ve heard them try to pin 9/11 on President Clinton numerous times.

        • Snarkaholic

          Let them blame him…at the end of the day, they’re still fucked. When they ask the GOP to fix the mess, they will be met with silence, and THEN the truth will slowly dawn on them.

        • Halou

          Not to mention crediting everything positive that happened during the Obama administration to Dubya Bush.

        • JWC

          they are stupid half the crap they tried to pin on Obama happened early Bush They just do not understand facts

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    For people who said they knew Republicans who actually voted for Hillary because Trump sucked so much, what do those Republicans who broke rank think about Trump now? Has he become normalized to them because of the Mush Spew Media (yeah, I’m going to use this a lot) or has he become even more repulsive to them? What do they think about their party now? Are they willing to actually do something about it?

    • bobbyjoe

      Well, my mom is one of those Republicans who broke rank and voted for Hillary. And she hated the Clintons back in the 90s.

      What she’s doing now: 1) freaking out like the rest of us; she truly believes that Trump having the nuclear codes is maybe the scariest thing to happen in her lifetime next to the Cuban Missile Crisis (she’s in her 70s); 2) calling some of my other relatives “traitors to their country” to their face for voting for a guy this deep in league with Nazis and Russians.

      It’s hard to imagine her going back to being the hardline Republican she once was after this. So there’s that.

  • Rex

    Hey America, don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • Max_1
  • BearEyes

    those 2 need to get a room

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      They probably already have.

      • AdamTh

        Wonder who is the top??

        (sarcasm alert)

    • kaydenpat

      On another planet.

  • Tipsy

    I keep thinking of the movie Training Day — a charismatic sociopathic blowhard in deep debt with the Russians — and how it ended.

  • BobSF_94117

    Uh… so this is the first time Trump’s taking the U.S.’s side? I mean Obama probably thinks it’s smart for Putin not to retaliate, too.

  • AtticusP

    No, Donald!

    You’re the puppet!!

    YOU’RE THE PUPPET!!!

  • EdA

    Why does it seem that Benedict Trump is more committed to helping Putin Make Russia Great than he is to strengthening our own country?

    • Natty Enquirer

      Debt, blackmail, all of the above.

      • Librarykid

        I pray that before he leaves the White House, Obama seriously fucks over Putin and his nation leaving the Putin in so much disgrace that he kills himself.

  • melllt

    Wtf Donald? This man is playing you like a fiddle, or the fool you are.
    Anyone else out there trying to convince themselves that we are just overreacting, and that just like Obama never tried to make America into a Muslim country, or create death panels for senior citizens, or invade Texas, Trump won’t totally fuck up our world.

    • another_steve

      I think the term for Trump — from Putin’s perspective — is “useful idiot.”

      I’ve heard and read pundits use that term.

      It’s apparently a real political “thing.”

  • Jay George
  • Rex

    Do we need any additional proof that Trump cares nothing about this county?
    He only cares about getting approval, and in this case it’s Putin’s. Twitler is going to destroy everything this country has held sacred in a few strokes on the keyboard of his phone.

  • another_steve

    This is gettin’ really really creepy.

    I mean, really.

    Big time.

    Creepy.

    • Librarykid

      like a Manchurian candidate to hand over the country to the Russians.

      • another_steve

        Exactly.

        Though I suspect that what this is all about — from Trump’s and his Cabinet appointees’ perspective — is the opportunity to make countless billions of dollars in Russia in exchange for the Trump Administration’s promise to lay off Russia and its plans for global expansion.

        Again, a lesson from the Watergate saga.

        “Follow the money.”

        • Natty Enquirer

          Yep, you are on the money. Literally. The puppet here is the U.S. electorate.

      • JT

        Drumpf, the Siberian candidate.

        • bill weber

          Democrats, the 2017 Tea Party.

          • JT

            Trumpanzees and their enablers are inveterate liars.

  • Sam_Handwich

    any chance Obama skips the inauguration?

    • Natty Enquirer

      Maybe he could come down with a “heavy cold.”

    • Librarykid

      I am so hoping that he puts Trump in the limo and steps back as the door is closed, walks back through the residence and into a car to take him to his new home. Halfway up the avenue, the poison gas is released and when they open the door at the Capitol a dead lump of dump falls out. They initially try to blame it on Obama, but it turns out to be traced to the CIA’s doing at the behest of the Republican party.

  • fuzzybits
  • danolgb

    Meanwhile, Glen Greenwald has teamed up with Tucker Carlson dismissing the Russian hacking and in a separate interview even sucks up to Breitbart.
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/glenn-greenwald-tucker-carlson-unite-to-dismiss-russian-hacking-allegations.html

  • fuzzybits

    Does Count Vlad have a Russian beauty lined up for Donnie?

  • coram nobis

    On behalf of our new President, let me say Спасибо товарищу Дональда Трампа Федорович! (Thank you, comrade Donald Fedorovich Trump)

    • Jay George

      I thought his middle name was Assholovich.

      • coram nobis

        “Son of Fred.” Although his mentor was Roy Cohn, which should make anybody’s blood run cold.

      • Friday

        Sonovabich in his native New York.

  • kaydenpat

    Putin is not retaliating because his puppet will be in office soon.

  • So, has Trump invited all those Russian spies to stay at Mar-a-Lago yet?

  • Halou

    The fucker even pinned that shit to the top of his Twitter feed.
    Stupid doesn’t even begin to describe him.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    The Republicans need to have this rubbed in their face over and over and over again.

    • M Jackson

      I am on it.

  • dcurlee

    Just think, he hasn’t even taken office

    • Halou

      It’s a horrifying thought.
      Europe is just one tweet away from being destroyed. Putin only needs to say a small praise and Dear Donald goes off to spend the next few days pleasuring himself, all the while the Russian army gets it’s marching orders.

    • andrew

      Fasten your seat belt, we are in for a very bumpy ride.

  • Treant

    Oh, honey, he’s going to use you like a cum rag and throw you away when you’re dirty and of no more use.

    • Sam_Handwich

      they have rags for that? i’ve been using the curtains all these years

      • Treant

        Do you take the dishes out before you pee in the sink?

      • Natty Enquirer

        Careful, you’ll go blinds.

    • Halou

      I believe the polite term for that is ‘fapkin’.

  • MikeBx2

    And yet there seems to be no other option than a “wait and see” approach to what a President Trump actually does, as opposed to tweets.

    • Dirk Prophet

      Not one second of public service to judge him on. On the other hand, he does like to brag about grabbing vulva.

  • Max_1
  • rextrek1

    we all know what’s going on…Trump wants to Lift the Sanctions that were Already in Place, and take away the New ones as well…so that His Pal, Rex Tillerson (exxon CEO & Vlads Friend) can Drill Oil on said Sanctioned Land..and RAKE in 100’s of BILLIONS $$$$ , while Im sure Trumps palms would be Greased as well…… $$$$$$$$$ could u even imagine for a second IF this was Hillary? HEARINGS, 24/7……TIL DOOMSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • William

    Of course Putin didn’t react. He’s been at this spy game for decades. Instead of expelling a few diplomats, he will crash the US power grid at some later date.
    Stock up of batteries!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Thanks, Obama!

    • Bomer

      I have a few candles, but I kind of regret selling all the oil lamps now.

      • William

        I have a kerosene heater that a pot of water fits on top of very nicely. The end of the world may be coming but I want my coffee!

        • Jerry Kott

          We have a wood burning stove and fire wood.

        • Bomer

          I have a two burner camp stove and two small propane tanks (need to get new ones that are 100% full) so I’m okay there.

      • OdieDenCO

        pellet stove and solar panels. shopping for storage batteries now.

      • Tom Ato

        That reminds me….I need to build up some cash for whatever lies ahead…..

    • Friday

      Actually the word is he had already thought things went too far with the Russian hacking and all so he’s probably *not* looking to find out America can do more than tweet that way.

  • Halou

    American sovereignty has not faced such a peril as this since the 1770s.

    • Friday

      Well, 1813 was pretty rough, too.

      • coram nobis

        1814, when the Brits burned Washington and besieged Baltimore. That was what the “rockettes’ red glare” was about, the U.S. playing on its own 5-yard line.

        There was also March 1877, when the Union cause surrendered to Jim Crow.

        • Friday

          I was thinking more the ‘Threat’ part than the ‘You sank my battleship’ part, but as you like. 🙂

    • JCF

      Remember when we were all afraid Trump could win? And how much WORSE he’s been, than our worst fears from that time?

  • Slippy_World
    • Halou

      That thing would make a better president.

      • Natty Enquirer

        A few too many face lifts, though.

      • coram nobis

        What’s that logo? A fast-food chain that does Chicken Kiev?

  • Mike__in_Houston

    It always strikes me as odd that Trump ends so many of his tweets with an exclamation point. I was reading an article yesterday–I may have been referred to it from somebody on JMG–that said that a study of the last batch of presidential candidates indicated that Trump basically communicates on a fourth- or fifth-grade level, which is of course just an objective confirmation of my subjective observations. Now things make more sense. Well, except for the part about our having elected a President who has a fifth-grade level of communication skills (and probably maturity as well…).

    • Fifth grade? I think you’re being WAY too generous there.

  • Acronym Jim

    He seems to think he’s sitting in a bar in Queens and commenting on the game on TV.

  • Jerry Kott

    In his Reality Show Reality, I am getting the impression he believes he is now King of the World.

  • TexasBoy

    The Love Boat theme is running through my head.

  • MikeBx2

    The GOP Speaker applauds Obama. The GOP President Elect applauds Putin. This is all so confusing. I may start drinking in 2017. :/
    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/814946185240838145

    • Natty Enquirer

      Bottoms up!

    • andrew

      If you start drinking, make it a Vodka from Scandinavia not Russia.

      • JWC

        stay with scotch then you offend or support no one

    • Bad Tom

      Why wait so long?

  • trouble94114

    Honestly, I can only surmise that Trump is a.) an utter fool, or b.) he’s a complete idiot.

    Seriously, if you are a Manchurian Candidate, for goodness sake, keep your mouth shut about it until after you’ve been inaugurated.

    • OdieDenCO

      c) he is being blackmailed
      d) all of the above

  • TexasBoy

    Vlad and Donnie sittin’ in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G

    Sometimes, childhood taunts apply in such a childish situation.

  • Friday

    Hey, So Putin’s smart for not doing what you told him to do? Well, Donnie, at least you’re catching on to *smething.* 🙂

  • coram nobis

    For your holiday viewing, “The Manchurian Candidate” with Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra, and “Telefon”, with Lee Remick and Charles Bronson.

    • Bad Tom

      We didn’t realize at the time that The Manchurian Candidate was a reality show starring us.

  • andrew

    What planet is Trump living on when he believes, or says he believes, that President Obama is being unfair in his actions toward Czar Putin?

    • JWC

      now don’t you be talkin that way about the CZAR’s bumboy

  • Sam_Handwich

    some of his old tweets are really priceless

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/440812306164117504

    • Bad Tom

      What will Trump do when Putin seizes Alaska?
      Send another tweet congratulating Putin on how smart he is?

      • William

        If it happens while my sister is there, I’m all for handing over Alaska..

  • Paula

    Vlad doesn’t need to retaliate. Trump has probably agreed to turn over the names and locations of all covert American agents and allies in Russia. They can tidy up that issue then,

    • William

      Not to worry, we surrender on January 20.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Is everybody looking forward to the latest Russian vacation hotspot?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6490600d416e1c8bf4aa84d77bfc355ae158c13151b97ba29f05508cdba05620.jpg

  • Gianni

    President-elect Donald Trump on Friday lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin as “very smart” BUT, Donald, is he as smart as you? I can almost feel Putin’s glee at knowing he now has a compatriot at the highest level – the top spot – in the government of the USA. It’s appalling at how Donald makes no effort to, at least, hide his admiration and support for Russia and it’s leader over his own country, which he repeatedly states he “loves very much”. I find Donald to be, not so subtly, of a traitorous bent or he sees more gold in them thar hills of Russia than here.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I imagine this was anticipated by Obama. Something about tethering him further and faster to Putin. Interesting….

  • justme
  • bill weber

    In theory, maaaaaybe bypassing meaningless bullshit IS smart, in a way.

  • greenmanTN

    According to Mother Jones there is credible evidence that Russia has been cultivating Trump for years and has good blackmail material on him, (underaged girls?) and that’s why they support him- he’s the puppet.

    I also wonder what they have on the other Rs, because they never released any of that, much better to hold it as a threat to get their way.

  • JCF
  • rayy

    Putin knows his flunky is coming into office.