|Where did the love go?|
Apparently Vlad Putin is no longer feeling the love for Donald Trump or for those in his administration.
The Kremlin announced today that President Putin will no longer be meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visits Moscow on Wednesday.
This move definitely shows that there has been a chill in the bromance that had once blossomed between Trump and Putin.
But how could we have expected the budding romance between the two to continue unabated when tensions over the U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base last week still lingers in the air.
What really breaks your heart is the fact that Putin was one of Tillerson's besties back in the day when the Texan headed up the oil giant Exxon Mobil before taking his current job. Putin even personally awarded Tillerson a top Russian state award — the Order of Friendship — in 2013. That the highest award a non-Russian citizen may receive.
But that all seems to have slipped away as Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a conference call...
“We have not announced any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in the president’s diary,”
The cold hearted Putin did not elaborate on why he had shunned Tillerson's advances.
On must conclude that it was his way of punishing his true love Donald Trump who, in order to get his favorability ratings out of the shitter, ordered a "pinprick" missile strike on a Syrian military base last week.
Trump, who ordered the strikes in retaliation for what Washington and its allies say was a poisonous gas attack in which scores of civilians were killed, even warned Putin he was going to strike the Syrian airbase.
But love is a fickle thing.
In a snit the Kremlin says there is no proof that the Syrian military carried out the attack, and called the U.S. missile strike an act of aggression that violates international law.
Either way Tillerson’s visit was certain to be watched with a jaundiced eye in light of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on his boss' behalf.
What also might have thrown a monkey wrench into the works was the fact that Tillerson, while making the rounds on the Sunday morning news shows last weekend, indicated that he would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
This obviously didn't sit well with Uncle Vlad as he had his spokesman Peskov declare that this position was a non-starter...
“Returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down cannot help sort things out.”
One can't help but think this may just be yet another poorly scripted episode of "The Trump Show", which has been tanking in the ratings so far in it's first season. Either way things are going to get really awkward between Moscow and Washington in the remaining episodes of season one if these two kids can't patch things up.