Russian state television has a supremely eerie way of warning viewers about a potential global war, while simultaneously mocking Americans for buying bomb shelters after the election of President Donald Trump.
A news presenter for the state-run network Vesti 24 informed audiences what they should be stockpiling ahead of a clash with the United States over Syria, after the Trump administration vowed to take action against an alleged chemical attack that injured hundreds in the town of Douma last weekend.
“Fewer sweets and more water,” the presenter said, standing in front of a screen showcasing a mushroom cloud while listing off some key items to have in case of nuclear fallout, including 30 liters of water, rice, sugar and oatmeal. The program went on to report about Americans purchasing bomb shelters in the wake of the 2016 presidential election outcome, when sales across the country spiked for the preparative structures.
The message was intended “for those who succumb to panic and decide to spend all their savings,” the presenter continued, adding “it should be noted that real panic isn’t here but across the ocean.”
Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
The Russian newscast was first reported by Vice News on Thursday morning, as tensions continued mounting between the Kremlin and the Trump administration over the Syrian conflict. Trump tweeted on Thursday that he “never said when an attack on Syria would take place” after tweeting the day before “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”
“The United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS,” he added Thursday. “Where is our ‘Thank you America?’”
Watch a clip of the Russian state TV segment above.
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