Stephen Colbert called out President Donald Trump’s self-congratulatory speech on Syria, saying Trump only helped Vladimir Putin.
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria was met with bipartisan rejection. Yet the President still congratulated himself on the outcome while claiming that others around the world were impressed with what he had done. According to Stephen Colbert, only Russia and Turkey approve of Trump’s actions.
The House voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump’s decision to take U.S. military personnel out of Syria. The aftermath was a Turkish invasion and claims by Kurdish allies that the U.S had abandoned them.
Stephen Colbert has been condemning and denouncing Trump since he took over The Late Show. But even Colbert said he had to hand it to President Trump after watching Wednesday’s press conference on Syria. It was during those remarks that Trump congratulated himself, seemingly ignorant of the fallout from the withdrawal.
Colbert was especially curious as to who was saying “wow” in response to the situation in Syria. The late night host concluded that only Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could have been happy with President Trump.
Colbert isn’t buying the idea that anyone actually congratulated President Trump or praised him for saving lives. Instead, Colbert suggests this is all going on in Trump’s mind, where he never does anything wrong.
The Late Show host continues when he covers Trump’s comments on the “permanent peace” in Syria. Even Trump seems to be speaking off the top of the head which Colbert calls “spit balling.” The spit balling continued as Trump described the “safe zone” that is supposed to keep people from danger.
The entire press conference was another example in which it appears President Trump is reading everything for the first time. His comments come off as him reacting to news in real time, even though he is speaking about his military policy and decisions in Syria.
Colbert agrees as he calls out Trump’s delivery and how the President fumbles over sentences. Colbert mocks Trump every time he contradicts himself which happens quite frequently. It all adds up to something not exactly worth of “congratulations” or “wow.”
President Donald Trump seems set on going forward with his strategy in Syria regardless of how U.S. lawmakers feel about the move. As Stephen Colbert made clear, as long as Trump is hearing “congratulations” in his head, there is no changing his mind.