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Lest we be allowed to forget that toadish alleged war criminal Henry Kissinger still lives and breathes, the old bastard materialized on Wednesday morning for a “surprise” visit with President Trump in the Oval Office.

And truly, what more perfect moment could there be for one of history’s top purveyors of scandal and villainy to pop up than in an appearance with Donald Trump not 24 hours after he triggered a scandal that many are comparing to the ones launched by Kissinger’s old boss, Richard Nixon?

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White House pool reporters confirmed the ancient ghoul’s appearance:

According to a report from the pool, Trump also offered his first in-person explanation for firing FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday: “He wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job.”

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More than a few politicos pointed out that the timing of the meeting, which also coincided with Trump hosting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House, was a bit odd, given that Comey got the axe while he was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

The photo op, paired with the Lavrov meeting, was also catnip for those already drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon, the soulmate whom Kissinger will almost certainly be meeting in hell.

A subsequent pool dispatch reported that Trump said Kissinger was on hand to discuss “Russia and other various matters.”

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“We’re talking about Syria and I think that we’re going to do very well with respect to Syria and things are happening that are really, really, really positive,” Trump told the reporters he summoned to the Oval Office. “We’re going to stop the killing and the death.”

If the goal is to stop the killing, perhaps the Trump administration should consider bringing in someone who hasn’t earned his foreign policy bona fides engineering the killing of millions around the globe?