Yesterday, Donald Trump called his bro-buddy Vladimir Putin and … offered to help him with the wildfires that are burning in Siberia! Yes, it is true … the plonker who thinks raking the forest is the way to prevent fires, offered to send resources, both human and equipment (rakes, perhaps?), halfway across the globe to help our adversary! Now, mind you I have no desire to see portions of the earth burnt to a crisp, but there are so many things wrong with this scenario that I don’t know where to begin.The “Embassy of Russia in the USA” put out the following release:
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump this evening at the American side’s initiative.
The US President offered help in putting out wildfires in Siberia.
The President of Russia expressed sincere gratitude for the kind attention and the offer of help and assistance. Vladimir Putin said he will accept the offer if it becomes necessary. He also told his American colleague that a powerful group of aircraft had been formed in Siberia to fight the wildfires. According to the Emergencies Ministry, solutions have been found to problems with the refuelling and deployment of airplanes and helicopters.
The President of Russia regards the US President’s offer as a sign that it is possible that full-scale bilateral relations will be restored in the future.
The presidents of Russia and the United States agreed to continue contacts in the form of telephone conversations as well as personal meetings.
Sounds pretty chummy, yes? And … um … please forgive my suspicious nature, but isn’t there an election coming up in about 15 months, and didn’t ol’ Vlad help Trump get elected last time, and isn’t Trump in need of some help this time? Let that sink in, but meanwhile …
Remember last year when California was experiencing some of the worst wildfires in its history? Trump blamed the state for the fires, saying it was “bad environmental laws” and “gross mismanagement of the forests” that had caused the fires, and threatened to stop sending federal money to the state unless it fixed its forest-management methods, pronto. Said the expert on forest fires …
“You’ve got to take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forests, it’s very important.”
And he claimed to have had a conversation with the President of Finland …
“He called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problems.”
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto disputed this conversation, but that didn’t deter Trump, who knows more about everything than anyone else.
And remember his unconscionable complaints about having to provide assistance to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico:
“Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right. The place is a mess.”
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory, and the people who live there are U.S. citizens, yet Trump is more willing, nay eager … to help put out fires in sparsely populated Russian Siberia than save lives of U.S. citizens.Our neighbors to the north have been battling wildfires in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, for several months this year, the fires are still burning, and has Trump proffered assistance even one single time? I think not. Similar fires are burning in Alaska (which is one of the fifty “United” states) and the Arctic, but has Trump offered assistance to either? I think not.
And finally, consider this. Trump has done as much as anybody, more than most, to cause those wildfires he’s so concerned about. The fires are a result of July’s record-breaking European heatwave, which is a result of the climate change that Trump has denied, has called a Chinese hoax. Donald Trump had it in his power to address the issue of climate change, to enhance the regulations that were already in place on the fossil fuel and auto industries, but instead he trashed every single environmental regulation. The U.S. puts out more carbon emissions, CO2, per capita than any other nation on the globe. But, instead of addressing climate change with any degree of conscience or maturity, he added to the problem in order to help his rich capitalist buddies. Instead of being so happy that Trump offered assistance, Putin should be furious that Trump, in fact, is adding fuel to the fire.
I have to wonder … if the fires were in the UK, France, or Mexico, all of whom are U.S. allies, would Trump be offering help? Think about it.