Brian Fallon, the man who served as Hillary Clinton's press secretary during last year's election, took to Twitter Friday in an attempt to slam President Donald Trump over Trump's apparent positive relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Germany.
Replying to a tweet that noted Trump said it was an "honor" to be with Putin, Fallon tweeted: "America won the Cold War only to have its President, in 2017, kowtow to the thug President of Russia."
America won the Cold War only to have its President, in 2017, kowtow to the thug President of Russia. https://t.co/OGUWEvi4nM— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon)1499437540.0
For months, Clinton supporters and Democrats in general have tried their hardest to connect Trump to Putin and Russia. After Trump's November win, and especially after being inaugurated in January, Democrats have screamed about alleged Trump-Russia collusion. They allege Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian officials in order to undermine Clinton's campaign to win the White House.
However, no evidence to prove that theory has surfaced, despite intense scrutiny and even an FBI investigation. The FBI said last October that despite a thorough investigation, they had found no ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.
Fallon's tweet was an obvious attempt tie Trump and Putin together. But many found the tweet hypocritical given the tight relationship that former President Barack Obama, Clinton and Russia appeared to have during the Obama administration.
Clinton, then-secretary of state, infamously "reset" American-Russian diplomacy during a meeting in Geneva in 2009. Clinton used an actual "reset" button, which was to be pressed by Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov," but used the wrong Russian word for "reset."
Obama, on the other hand, ignited controversy during the 2012 election cycle when he told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" after the election to address Russian-American concerns, such as missile defenses in the Middle East. That comment came in March 2012 and was widely decried by Republicans and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
On that note, when Romney said during a debate between him and Obama in Oct. 2012 that Russia, not terrorism, is America's great geo-political threat, Obama mocked him, saying the "1980s called and want their foreign policy back." Fast forward to 2017 and the threat Russia poses to America is all Democrats talk about.
Needless to say, Twitter quickly reminded Fallon of the cheeky history his side of the aisle had with Russia under Obama:
You mean Obama right ...when he told Putin he'd "Have more flexibility" after the election— Kittie (@Flkittie) July 7, 2017
President Hillary would never do something like tha... Oh. pic.twitter.com/EUWxon5I3C— neontaster (@neontaster) July 7, 2017
Your former boss thinks your attitude toward Russia is a bit dated. https://t.co/2sqn9yKUnH— BT (@back_ttys) July 7, 2017
Or in 2012 when he told him he'd give him more flexibility. Whichever https://t.co/OIla3IHII7— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller)1499437792.0
the 1980s called https://t.co/JbsksxiAlg— James Taranto (@James Taranto)1499450836.0
Trump caused a stir in the states on Friday after it was reported that he accepted Putin's denial that Russia interfered in last year's election.
Editor's note: This story originally stated that Fallon was Clinton's campaign manager. He was, in fact, Clinton's press secretary. We regret this error.