REP. RICK CRAWFORD: Trump defender needs to read up on what White House aides say about his conduct of foreign policy.
Having read yet another full-throated defense of Donald Trump’s immoral, erratic and lawless behavior from Rep. Rick Crawford, I refer the Jonesboro Republican to this article in the Washington Post.
It contains accounts from horrified Trump White House aides who have high anxiety over his calls to foreign leaders. They fear he’d “make promises he shouldn’t keep, endorse policies the United States long opposed, commit a diplomatic blunder that jeopardized a critical alliance, or simply pressure a counterpart for a personal favor.”
In one of his first calls with a head of state, President Trump fawned over Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling the man who ordered interference in America’s 2016 election that he was a great leader and apologizing profusely for not calling him sooner.
He pledged to Saudi officials in another call that he would help the monarchy enter the elite Group of Seven, an alliance of the world’s leading democratic economies.
He promised the president of Peru that he would deliver to his country a C-130 military cargo plane overnight, a logistical nightmare that set off a herculean scramble in the West Wing and Pentagon.
And in a later call with Putin, Trump asked the former KGB officer for his guidance in forging a friendship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — a fellow authoritarian hostile to the United States.
And what was it Crawford told the Democrat-Gazette about “dog and pony show” investigations of Trump’s actions toward Ukraine and China in pressing for dirt on the Biden family?
I think this is just a gross waste of time. If you’ve got better ideas about how you want to govern, put those forward and let the American people decide who’s the most responsible and who ought to be in charge.”