Russian TV Mocked Trump’s ‘Military Parade,’ “Putin’s America, Tanks Had Paint Peeling Off, Required Adhesive Tape”

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President Trump’s ay critics have compared his planned July 4 celebration in the nation’scapitol — to something you might see in Russia, rather than the United States. 1562292165-Donald-Trump-rain-on-his-paradeBut Russia’s state-run media found the idea laughable.

 

Journalists on Rossiya 1′s popular “60 Minutes” TV show mocked the military equipment that will appear at the “Salute for America” on Thursday, claiming that the tanks and other armored vehicles being towed into Washington had “paint peeling off” and required “adhesive tape.”

 

Footage of American tanks in Washington rolled across the studio’s screens as co-host Yevgeny Popov declared sarcastically, “The greatest parade of all times is going to be held today in Washington, that is what our Donald Trump has said. The American president announced he would show us the newest tanks.”

 

Popov then claimed that, “these are Abrams and Sherman tanks, used during World War II and withdrawn from service in 1957.”

 

Adding to her colleague’s commentary, “60 Minutes” co-host Olga Skabeyeva, claimed that “the paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape.”

She also claimed that “Americans are allowed to hold a parade because theirs is democratic, but we are not allowed because ours is chauvinistic” and implied that the condition of the tanks and other armored vehicles was less of a priority for Trump than “that the parade takes place with much fanfare.”

 

Earlier on Thursday, Skabayeva tweeted images of military vehicles being brought to Washington, writing “Putin’s America” beside an emoji crying from laughter.

 

For Russians, who are accustomed to annual, nationwide displays of military might, Trump’s event on Thursday isn’t impressive, according to Michael Kofman, an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

 

Each year on May 9 — the day Russia celebrates victory over the Nazis in World War II — grandiose parades are held in Moscow’s Red Square and across the nation. President Vladimir Putin watches from the bleachers facing the square, as the country shows off the Kremlin’s latest flashy military hardware.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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