Vladimir Putin

Let's give president Trump a break. He may truly believe that Stella Immanuel is a "spectacular" doctor because he agrees with her that alien DNA is used in medical treatments and that some gynecological programs are caused by women dreaming about having sex with demons.

After all, Immanuel looked sharp in her white lab coat, along with other stars of the "America's Frontline Doctors" video in which they plugged malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the cure for COVID-19. That's Donald's favorite drug.

Trump tweeted a version of the video, which gained tens of thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube before the social platforms took it down as misinformation.

In his July 28 press conference, Trump went from calling Immanuel "spectacular" to saying he has no idea who she is.

Let's go to the transcript:

"She was on the air along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine and I thought she was impressive in the sense that, from where she came—I don't know which country she comes from—but said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of patients. And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her."

One gets dizzy following the mental gyrations of the tweeter-in-chief. Trump's new "serious tone" about the COVID-19 pandemic didn't last very long.

Let's not give the president a break. Trump obviously doesn't want to upset the tender sensitivities of his master, Vladimir Putin.

That's why he didn't bring up the touchy matter of the Russian intelligence service putting bounties on the heads of US soldiers in Afghanistan during his July 23 check-in call with Vlad.

“No, that was a phone call to discuss other things,” Trump told Axios’s Jonathan Swan “And frankly, that’s an issue that many people said was fake news. I have never discussed it with him."

Trump passed the Putin suck-up exam but failed the commander-in-chief test.

The biggest responsibility for past American presidents was doing everything in their power to protect the US military from foreign adversaries.

The biggest responsibility of the current White House occupier is to cling to power because he needs the protection of the office to fend off investigations into his personal misconduct.

That means Trump will shamelessly kowtow before Putin again and again in order to gain his support (e.g., disinformation campaign about "rigged election") in the upcoming vote.