Axios tells us that for the past two years, Prznint Stupid has returned to his campaign brain fart that the U.S. should seize Iraq’s oil as payment for the cost of Chimpy’s Great Adventure.
This idea in his wee brain is so strong that blurted out at the end of a meeting with Iraq’s then-Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi:
“So what are we going to do about the oil?”
According to unnamed sources at the meeting, al-Abadi replied something like, “What do you mean?”
Comrade Stupid (ALLEGEDLY) replied “Some Say, Some Said,” or words to that effect:
“Well, we did a lot, we did a lot over there, we spent trillions over there, and a lot of people have been talking about the oil.”
Al-Abad reportedly responded:
“Well, you know Mr. President, we work very closely with a lot of American companies and American energy companies have interests in our country.”
We hope that he used his diplomatic best, Whole Foods-parent-negotiating-with-their-brat voice.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wow. He said it. He couldn’t help himself,'” the source said.
A second source who was in the room confirmed this account. “It was a look down and reach for your coffee moment,” the second source said.
A third source, who was briefed at the time on the conversation between Trump and al-Abadi, told me the back and forth “made its rounds” around the National Security Council. “It was still early on in the administration, and we were all still trying to figure out how this was going to go, and so it was one of those horror stories … he’s really going to do this.”
But Wait! There’s MORE!
The president raised the issue of oil again with al-Abadi on a phone call in the summer of 2017. The conversation was vague and didn’t go anywhere, but H.R. McMaster admonished Trump afterward, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Jeebus, he just doesn’t learn, does he?
In the source’s recollection, the former national security adviser said to Trump, “We can’t do this and you shouldn’t talk about it. Because talking about it is just bad,” the source said, channeling McMaster, “It’s bad for America’s reputation, it’ll spook allies, it scares everybody, and it makes us look like — I don’t remember if he used words this harsh — like criminals and thieves, but that was the point he was trying to get across.”
“You won’t be able to do it anyway and you’ll harm our reputation and your own reputation just from talking about it.”
And there’s still MORE!!1! Dude is a slow, Slow, SLOW learner!
It’s not a one-time thing. Two sources described being in the Situation Room in 2017 with Trump, Defense Secretary Mattis and national security officials discussing Iraq. Both said Trump brought up the prospect of seizing Iraq’s oil, and Mattis pushed back.
“Trump was like, ‘We’re idiots,'” recalled one of the sources who was in the Situation Room for the conversation. “[Trump] was like, ‘What are we doing there, what do we get out of this, why don’t we take the oil?’… And then Mattis spoke up. Made the same point that H.R. made. There’s no physical way to do it. It would be a violation of international law, it would be demoralizing for allies in the region, it would give our enemies propaganda — they’d be able to accuse us of theft.”
And so I guess we now know why Comrade Stupid You’re Fired’ed McMaster and why Mattis seems like he’s gonna be next.