Donald Trump shuts down NBC’s Matt Lauer: ‘Putin has eaten Obama’s lunch’

Donald Trump slammed NBC’s “Today” co-host Matt Lauer’s questions Thursday over criticism of President Obama’s weak handling of Russia’sactions in Crimea.

Trump appeared on “Today” to promote his 2014 Miss USA pageant airing on NBC in June, when the conversation turned to Obama.

“You’ve been critical of the president and his handling of the situation with Ukraine and Crimea,” Lauer said. “I think you said, I’m paraphrasing here, but basically [Russian President Vladimir] Putin was playing with or toying with Obama. That is kind of a common refrain of yours, I should mention.”

Trump replied that others have said the same thing.

“But you always think that Obama is being weak,” Lauer said. “What would you have done differently than he did in the days before Russian troops went into Crimea?”

The incursion should have never happened, Trump said.

“If you’re the president, that doesn’t happen and it’s not a big surprise,” he said. “I mean, it should have worked so that a thing like that doesn’t happen.”

The United States should be strong in its reaction to Putin, Trump said.

“We should definitely do sanctions. And we have to show some strength. I mean, Putin has eaten Obama’s lunch, therefore our lunch, for a long period of time,” he said. “And I just hope that Obama, who’s not looking too good, doesn’t do something very foolish and very stupid to show his manhood. I just hope that doesn’t happen.”

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • joe cartwright

    What manhood??

    • Boots

      The “manhood of the traveling to vacation mom jeans” to paraphrase a popular chick flick. If only Obama saw Putin as the enemy instead of Americans who disagree with him. He can’t prove his manhood with Putin by having the IRS audit Putin or sending EPA and DOJ goons after him.

      • Myrtle Linder

        I do not think that Obama is taking piece after piece out of America because he is weak. He is doing it because he is evil. It is all deliberate destruction of America as a Christian nation. He is turning it into a Muslim Islam nation.

        I do not think he hates America, he loves America but not as a Christian nation, it is GOD,JESUS CHRISY and Christians, that he hate beyond words.

        GOD will handle it very soon according to the way I understand HIS WORD.

        Proverbs 10:12 Hate stirreth up strifes: but love covers all sins.

        Proverbs 14:2He that walketh in his up rightness feareth the LORD; but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth HIM.

        Job 13:11 Shall not HIS excellency make you afraid: and HIS dread fall upon you.

        • Boots

          I don’t know what’s in Obama’s heart. Just my observation that Obama is feckless in foreign policy and uses the full full force of the government against political enemies… with the ability to not leave his fingerprints or smoking gun.

    • Douglas W. Rodrigues

      That’s exactly what I was thining! What manhood? The idea that Obama is the Commander in Chief of our military is a joke.

    • mac12sam12

      Hey! He throws a baseball like a man!

      • pen44


        • mac12sam12

          you do realize my sarc, correct?

          • pen44

            Ok, you confused me, mac12sam12!!! I should have known!!

            Hey, I’m an old lady…………..

          • mac12sam12

            I do the same thing all the time.

          • curmudgeon


      • Will

        no, he throws like a girl….typical basketball player…just like a girl

        • curmudgeon

          Basketball player? Naw, ballerina.

      • curmudgeon


  • Backgammon

    While Trump should stick to beauty pagents, he is right about Obama. LEADING from BEHIND! As usual.

    • LittleRoot_48

      It’s a good thing he doesn’t lead from behind Moochelle’s “caboose.” He would not be able to determine where he’s going.

  • Stephen Fox

    So when Cowboy Bush “let” Putin invaed Georgia I guess that “The Donald” was critical of him too…… I would like to see that tape. Putin is eating Obamas lunch because his is basically a ruthless dictator that does what he wants. I noticed that Trump did not say what he would have done differently than Obama.

    • Jeff Palmer

      When someone’s reply still mentions Bush, half a decade later, it proves that there truly is nothing the left has to support Obama. And those that do ate lemmings

      • LittleRoot_48

        When nothing else makes sense, liberals drag out the Bush Card. It’s located right behind the Race Card.

        • curmudgeon

          and just before Nazi.

    • eaglestalon

      LOL, Putin has been “eating Obumblers lunch” from day one, lib. He made a total fool of Obumbler in Syria and is doing it now. The flags were waving here and Obumbler was to frightened to take action BEFORE the situation got put of hand.

      When Putin went into Georgia there was literally no warning and when it was all over he backed away from Bush and was left with little or nothing for his efforts. The difference between Bush and Obumbler is one of courage. Obama has none.

      • GoldenRudy

        “courage” = “manliness” maybe? “O” has neither.

      • Stephen Fox

        Russia still has troops there as far as I am aware.
        As far as no warning, I believe that the CIA has improved not at all and was again taken by surprise, this time in the Ukraine.
        As for courage Bush he had the courage not to go to Vietnam and let another pilot take his place.

        • eaglestalon

          Lol, poor low info liberal. Where do you get your info from, msnbc?


          George W. Bush, the alleged slacker, had in fact volunteered to go to Vietnam.”

          Young Lieutenant George W. Bush was turned down for combat duty in Vietnam because he lacked the necessary flight hours at the time. This fact oddly did not make it into the story that aired in 2004, shortly before the Presidential election.

          • Stephen Fox

            I will quote from your article “Indeed he seems to have volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam, under a program known as Operation Palace Watch”. Seem to have?? I find not one document provided in this article that indicates that he ever made a formal request to go to Vietnam. If Bush intended to go to Vietnam why join the air national guard, the one branch of service notorious for avoiding going overseas. Did Bush request getting the flight hours he lacked? As I understand it, he did not even bother to take the required physical to maintain his flight status. Could he not simply have transferred to a branch of the service where he would have been shipped out. But if Bernard Goldberg says that Bush “seems to have” volunteered for Vietnam

          • eaglestalon

            Last word, lib. There are multiple sources confirming Bush’s desire to go to VN and from different people including his flight instructor. He couldn’t go because of the lack of flying hours.

            I was in the military (USAF-Europe) and and as far as the paperwork goes the procedure is first to make an oral request to a superior officer. That officer determines feasibility of the request by inquiring up the line and if it is even a possibility only then is the paperwork initiated. In this case the very first requirement (hours logged) was not met so it never went further.

            Your claim of his refusing or ducking his responsibility to go has absolutely NO merit because EVERYTHING about the investigation into Bush’s time with the ANG has been found to be a lie. Have you forgotten Rathergate?

            It is a totally dumb discussion because it has no bearing on anything. In fact the hysteria still exhibited by the liberals regarding Bush only proves their inability to respond to the many questions surrounding the total failure of everything they have done. Imagine, here we are going on 6 years of this clowns presidency and he is STILL blaming his predecessor. Obumbler was “hired” to “fix” any problems we had and as we all see he is completely unable to do the job. This is exactly what weak people do when they fail, they blame anyone and everyone but themselves.

          • LittleRoot_48

            Ignore him. Liberals who trash Bush always forget about the “courageous” Bill Clinton who avoided the military altogether.

          • mogul264

            Not to mention our current “Fearless Leader”! And he doesn’t even know what a ‘corpse-man’ (medical corpsman: pronounced “CORE – Man”) is or does! Probably thinks the Marines are the Marine CORPSE! They must collect the dead from battlefields!

          • curmudgeon

            Amazing that our first and last Black pResidents both loathe and managed to avoid military service. Commander-in Chief my A$$!

          • Mark Seegar

            Don’t waste your time with this guy. You can educate a fool, but you can’t teach a fool to think.

          • eaglestalon

            Thanks, I had already come to that conclusion but thought I’d give it the old college try.

          • mogul264

            And the “educated” fool is the worst…..believes whatever the socialist professors tell him, devoid of any vestige of common sense!

          • curmudgeon

            In addition you just can’t fix stupid!

          • Albertflasher10

            Yes you can. Just get a good lawyer and alibi.

          • LittleRoot_48

            Clinton sought help from an Arkansas poltician to save his cowardly aZZ from the military. Did he have more COURAGE than Bush?

          • Albertflasher10

            ‘Seems’ as you point out does not document the action. But since it was near the end of the war and ‘apparently’ he was advised he didn’t have what was needed, no formal request was made. Just because you didn’t do the paperwork this morning when you took a dump doesn’t mean you didn’t take a dump. It just means there was no follow through with paperwork. And I think that is a consistent liberal problem. The only paperwork they appear to believe are forgeries…. And if you didn’t take a dump this morning, I’m sure you’re overdue. And do the paperwork this time.

        • LittleRoot_48

          Clinton had the courage NOT to go into the military AT ALL. If I remember correctly, he wrote a letter to some Arkansas politician for help in avoiding the draft. You don’t want to mock Republicans who didn’t serve in the military because your side has its share of people who avoided it in some manner or another. John F’n Kerry served, but what an embarrassment he turned out to be.

          • mogul264

            Kerry? He is a Dummycrat, fool! Full communist sympathizer, with Hanoi Jane Fonda! Forgive and forget? HELL NO!

        • Albertflasher10

          Russia does have troops in Northern gruziya (Georgia). They took a small portion which then ‘voted’ to be part of Russia. Had it not been for Bush and the Europeans together Russia would have taken all of Georgia.
          Putin has no plans to stop in Crimea (Krem) he plans to take all of Ukraine. Crimea is a test area. Then East Ukraine, then over to Odessa and then up to Kiev and over to Lviv. This should have several sphincters tightened on the Eastern EU front. Fortunately they have that missile shield. Oh wait, that’s right, they don’t. Obama gave that up as a kiss ass maneuver that advertised to Putin that Obama was week. Obama’s reset (overcharge) was to reset to the 70’s when the world was hostage to the actions of the CCCP. Now we also have North Korea with nukes, soon, if not already, Iran and of course Libya is still murdering thousands of civilians. Can the Nobel people demand the return of their prize? Or should the idiots, who still haven’t really explained why they gave it out in the first place do the honorable thing and fall on their swords? Or 9 mms as may be?

      • Will

        Obozo is a joke, and coward!….

    • GoldenRudy

      Was America better under Cowboys Reagan and Bush or the Fairy Obama and the sexual predator Clinton? Was the world safer? Were American citizens safer?

      • KjirstinYoungberg

        For all the world believing Reagan was a hawkish cowboy who would get us into war, he was the man who stood his ground. He made a point of saying that he didn’t “become” President, but rather that he had been trusted with temporary custody of an Office that belonged to the people. The current holder does not understand this, and is trying to be King. That Congress had to make a bill only to ENFORCE the present law, and have Obama then veto it is very telling. The only wars that Reagan started were wars against terrorism. Prosperity from the brink of collapse, a fair tax law, and, oh, yeah…”Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” With those words of strength, the cold war was over. That a Russian President is starting another land grab under Obama’s watch says one thing: He thinks he can get away with it.

        • GoldenRudy

          I REALLY miss Reagan! At least I experienced America under a truly great president. I guess he spoiled me.

          • pen44

            Quite honestly, I did not vote for Reagan, but, I have since realized that he. WAS a great president. But then, I voted for Richard Nixon twice, and Bill Clinton twice. Bush?! I think history, if honestly written, will say that Bush did very well. And, already, the SocioCommunist revisionists are screwing with the Reagan history….reminds me of Russia & Cuba and revisions of their histories—since the fall of Communism, statues of Lenin & Stalin have been falling also.

            Let me just say, in my defense, for me, Nixon caused a slight rebellion against Repubs. I really began to research candidates, R’s & D’s. Clinton, and Hellary, however, repulsed me so much that I now find it extremely hard to vote for a Dem. Ya live and learn, eh!!

            I was also repulsed by this “out of their minds” hate that was shown when algore lost to Bush. And it has grown to monstrous proportions that it’s destroying our country!!

          • LittleRoot_48

            I was in high school when LBJ was in office. He turned me against Dems and when I was finally old enough to vote, I registered as a Republican. There hasn’t been a Democrat yet who would cause me to change my vote to (D).

          • curmudgeon

            I was in Vietnam when LBJ was in office. He screwed the military every bit as bad as Clinton and Obama. Still amazes me that any veteran can run for political office as a RAT, let alone voting for one. I cannot imagine ever voting for one especially after escaping from Illinois and no longer having to worry about my voting record after death.

        • Stephen Fox

          I agree with much of what you say except the Obama wants to be King. I think going to congress over Syria demonstrated an understanding of the limits of presidential power. I do believe that the Iran Contra affair is an example of an administration in a power grab, covertly giving military aid to foreigners in direct violation of congressional law and by the way that had nothing to do with terrorism. For all those excusing Bush for not doing more against Georgia in his last few months, Reagan was in his last year as president and had been much diminished at that point by Iran Contra and yet, according to some, single handedly ended the cold war in a single speech. i am not aware of the “bill to enforce the present law”. I would love to know more. Can you give me a link? Thanks.

        • LittleRoot_48

          Reagan spoke softly and carried a big stick. obama runs his mouth and carries a toothpick.

        • mogul264

          Uh, to be sure, Reagan DID invade Grenada! Sure, a SMALL war, but shooting DID take place.

          • Old_Gringo

            He also rescued tens of dozens of American students, and others.

      • eaglestalon

        After the truly AWFUL Carter years it was Reagan who brought this Country back to it’s previous grandeur and made it a country in which Americans felt proud to live.

        Who can ever forget his inauguration speech in which he referred to America as once again being “The shining city on the hill”.

        The Left truly despised him, they still do because he was able to stop the Left dead in their tracks in their effort to marginalize us and make us “ordinary”.

        Reagan to this day is loved by all but a small % of the population, the lefty zealots who despise anything which stands for America’s being the greatest Nation ever in the worlds long history.

        • GoldenRudy

          And I fear some of the old soviets who failed “to move” during the weakness of Carter are not going to waste a second chance. I really do MISS Reagan and the America I enjoyed during his 8 years.

      • curmudgeon

        Undoubtedly! Before mandatory homosexuality under Obama.

    • Warmac9999

      Essentially, what you are saying, is that Obama learned nothing from what happened when bush was president.

      • Stephen Fox

        I am disappointed in Obama not ending the wars earlier, not removing the overstepping of our civil liberties by maintaining the Patriot act, by using drones, and that his “red line” comments about Syraia were a mistake etc.. If Obama could get the kind of global support for the Ukraine as Bush Senior did for Kuwait I suspect that the outcome would be more promising but considering the economic situation ( remember wars cost money which means either raising taxes which no republican will support or increasing the national debt which even less people would agree with). not going to happen.

        • GoldenRudy

          Keep in mind Bush “41” was the heir to the Reagan Admin. The world recognized and appreciated that team as true leaders of the Free World. Obama … Clinton … Carter? Not in the same league. Carter (betrayal of the Shah) gave us Islamic terrorism; … Clinton (playing with Lewinsky) gave us 9/11 … Obama (his distain for America) still playing out. Nn the same league.

    • Toastertreat

      Putin’s aggression aside, what Trump really meant was that it is happening for the simple fact that Obama is our president. Others including Krauthammer have said the same thing. But I don’t think he cares much. One trick Obama’s domestic agenda and the reformation of America is all that he cares about. Well, that and the joy he gets from f’n us.

      • FriendofThom

        And Putin invaded Georgia for the simple fact that Dumbya Bush was President, beaten down and weak because of his idiotic invasion of Iraq based on lies?

        • mac12sam12

          That happened in 2008 at the end of Bush’s second term. Do you think the democrats in both houses would have cooperated?

        • GoldenRudy

          When is bad intel really bad intel and when is bad intel just all lies?

          • wayneraltman

            That intel was not wrong, nor was it misguided, OR incorrect. Does no one remember that Saddam IGNORED the 12 years of sanctions placed on Iraq? Forgetting that Hans Blix (the U.N Inspector) could not get anywhere NEAR the WMDs that Saddam stockpiled while Clinton was President is a mistake.. I saw the results of those WMDs with my own eyes, so argueing that they did not exsist with ME will be futile..

          • GoldenRudy

            I agree.

          • mogul264

            We have NOT found any ACTUAL nuclear weapons, true! Just some POSSIBLE evidence. That Saddam may have BELIEVED he had them, may have been told so by fearful underlings, so HE believed he did, and is what WE thought.

            The FACT is that he DID have some WMDs…….the gas weapons he used on the Kurds, his OWN Iraq’s people!

          • curmudgeon

            Well stated. Moved to Syria in all those trucks we saw being loaded in Iraq?

      • LittleRoot_48

        Duh One cares about 3 things in this order:
        1. HIMSELF
        2. His domestic agenda
        3. Reformation of America
        Actually numbers 2 and 3 are close in equality.

        • GoldenRudy

          And the “Dreams From His Father”, the primary one is the destruction of America.


      Ukraine gave up its nukes & in turn, the US agreed to protect Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum. This is why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is different than that of Georgia’s although Bush could have had a stronger stance. In addition, Bush was in his last few months in office.

    • mac12sam12

      That happened in 2008 at the end of Bush’s second term, and if you remember he had democrats in both houses.

      • Stephen Fox

        Obama only has one house and remember how congress backed him up in Syria. I don’t hear a lot of Republicans calling for action out there. It is my understanding that Bush was still commander in chief even in his last months. My main point is not that Bush could or should have done more bot that conservatives like Trump gave Bush a free pass while making vague remarks about Obama’s manhood.

        • LittleRoot_48

          That’s because obama’s “manhood” is NOT a foregone conclusion.

    • ron

      Our country has never been more divided than it is today. It is what it is today. Period. Why would he he say ????

  • art

    and putin could’ve had his way with moochie too

    • GoldenRudy

      Lost my breakfast on that one. Yuck!

      • pen44

        Totally agree, GoldenRudy!!!!

        art, you need to hand out mind bleach when you post stuff like that……eewwwwwww!!

  • seazen

    Please. Donald Trump again? Miss American Pageant? Q: “What would you have done differently, Donald? A: “I mean, it should have worked so that a thing like that doesn’t happen.”
    Brilliant answer. You’re fired!

    • eaglestalon

      OMG, you really ARE clueless!! Of course Trump is exactly right! Any “Leader” worth his salt would have the right people in place to be on top of the situation so it could be prevented. This is not the same as Russia’s incursion into Georgia which was a total surprise. There were ample warnings and Putin has been pushing Obama around since Obama’s first term

      Obama is the very worst president this nation has ever had. The only person happy with the putz is Jimmy Carter and that is because Obama has now taken his place as the worst president. Obama has ZERO leadership qualities, is neither respected nor feared by anyone in the world and is a running joke in every news publication in Europe and Asia.

    • Combat Veteran Seabee

      And yet you are allowed to vote?

    • crossingTheDelaware

      I admit I had the same thought when I read Trump’s response. However …
      1. It was an off-topic setup question by Lauer designed to surprise Trump and make him look bad.
      2. It is perfectly valid for someone to observe the actions of others and to determine with certainty that those actions were wrong, and yet not have the “answer” for what the “correct” actions would have been. I may know nothing about chess, but I can see that if one player has almost all their pieces missing, that player is loosing — and yet I would not be able to tell that player what he should have done to not loose. It is Obama’s job — not Trump’s — to ensure that the outcome regarding the Ukraine does not harm the best interests of the U.S. And the trend is not one that appears to be in the best interest of the U.S. One significant factor that appears to have emboldened and encouraged Russia in their incursion into Ukraine is Obama’s cancellation of the U.S. missile defense system that was planned to be installed in Poland and the Czech Republic.

      • LittleRoot_48

        I’m surprised Matt could remove his lips from Duh One’s posterior long enough to ask Trump a question.

    • kryp44

      why is everyone who supports obama an unmitigated imbecile?

      • Washington22

        It’s a real head scratcher, isn’t it ???

      • LittleRoot_48

        Some things just have NO explanation. Kind of like the Bermuda Triangle.

    • LittleRoot_48

      With obama’s de-construction of our military, God only knows what will happen in the future. I believe, under his “command,” it WILL work out in such a manner that a thing like that WILL happen.

  • smknnjoe

    Oh my, I think Trump struck a nerve with Lauer….anybody notice the pursed lips and the glare???? How dare Trump impune Lauer’s idol…..LOL

  • AFCrewChief

    It all goes back to the election of a inexperienced Community Leader as the President of the USA. Not to mention he constantly lies to the American people.

  • emiliani

    Ever seen a dude lounging in the back seat of a tandem bicycle while the dude in front is pedaling like mad? Yeah, that’s what he means by leading from behind.

    And this is going to get me into trouble, but why do I suspect “Leading from Behind” is really a gay bathhouse phrase of some sort?!

  • Richard Baumeister

    The funny thing is that Obama volunteers his lunch before the bullies ask for it. Bows to the Saudi king etc. never DOES HE STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

    • Dave Wallace

      Actually, the proper ‘action’ would make Biden the president. Too scary to contemplate.

    • LittleRoot_48

      Then apologizes for not having something they prefer.

  • pupster40

    For this traitorous resident of our House to show what he does not possess would be akin to Lauer being relevant and not a laughable puppet.

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