MOSCOW, Ru. – In an address to members of parliament this week, Russian president Vladimir Putin floated the idea of offering U.S. president Donald J. Trump a “position of limited power” in the event he loses his bid for reelection to former vice president Joe Biden in November.
“I’ll have to doublecheck but I’m told there are some vacancies at the State Circus,” Mr. Putin said with a chuckle, adding that the state-owned enterprise is always looking to hire more “experienced clowns.” Mr. Putin, who is widely known throughout the pristine halls of the Kremlin for harboring a rambunctious sense of humor, suggested that President Trump might be “better suited for the role of ringmaster.”
While the Russian president’s unique style of Soviet humor may be glaringly obvious to some, the joke itself was lost on President Trump who instead chose to interpret Putin’s comments as a form of praise.
“Putin thinks very highly of me,” President Trump told reporters moments before boarding Air Force One Thursday morning. “They have billions of people in Russia and maybe some are qualified but maybe not as qualified as they’d like,” the president said, continuing, “I don’t want to say I’ll accept because we’re doing very well in the polls now that the ballots and the issue with the census have been taken care of.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sought to clarify the president’s statements on Thursday, saying Mr. Trump has “not yet heard directly from President Putin in regards to any potential post-election job offers.” Asked whether President Trump would even consider a position in Moscow, Press Secretary McEnany said the president “would be stupid not to take it” before pointing out that “Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.”