President Donald Trump received a mocking endorsement from Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Thursday in a sarcastic advertisement produced by a nominally Republican organization created to defeat Trump.
The Lincoln Project – which was founded in 2019 and includes the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway – released the one minute and 36 second video, titled “Fellow Traveler,” the latest in a series of ads criticizing the president.
In it, a voice over in Russian, with English subtitles, congratulates "Comrade Trump" for "once again" receiving the blessing of Putin in the run-up to November's general election.
"The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate leader Mitch McConnell,” it says referring to the Kentucky Republican. "Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader, Vladimir Putin.
“Our special services worked overtime to elect Comrade Trump. We waged a war against the so-called ‘truth,’ and convinced you decadent Americans to believe in our comrade.”
The ad comes only days after the Lincoln Project released another video called “Bounty” that criticized Trump over a New York Times report that cited anonymous sources who claimed intelligence officials had determined Russia paid bonuses to Taliban militants who killed U.S. and NATO coalition troops in Afghanistan.
Trump has said he was never briefed on the information, which the Times claims was known earlier this year.
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