Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed, published in The New York Times on Wednesday, was an embarrassment to America, but especially to President Obama, business mogul Donald Trump told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo on Thursday.
“I thought it was an amazingly, well-written letter, if you’re from Russia, in terms of representing Russia,” Trump said, adding that he didn’t think Obama knew about the op-ed before it was published, calling it a “sneak attack.”
“The letter sets up Putin as the professor and Obama as the schoolchild,” Trump said.
While Trump said the letter is embarrassing to the United States, and to the president, he believes Putin threw Obama a lifeline by providing an alternative to attacking Syria.
“They were in such a bad position three days ago, when nobody, including Congress, wanting to attack and start another mess like we’ve made in Iraq and many other places,” he said.
Numerous members of Congress say constituents are calling their office in overwhelming numbers to say they are against an attack on Syria.
“It makes the president look very weak and very ineffective,” Trump said. “Frankly, it makes it look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
Trump said he wasn’t sure about the future implications for the country.
“It’s a bad month for the president,” Trump said. “He’s Teflon. He seems to escape from everything, whether it’s Benghazi or whatever it might be, so many different things. He is truly Teflon.”
Trump said Putin’s reference to “America’s exceptionalism” in the letter was especially rough.
The U.S. media is buzzing over this particular paragraph from Putin’s op-ed:
“My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is ‘what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.’ It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
“He really looks like he wants to take over the world,” Trump said. “He wants to take the mantle.”
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