In a preview of an interview that airs on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, President Obama told Steve Kroft that he doesn’t know “in what way” Russia’s Vladimir Putin is challenging America’s leadership in the world. Oh really, Mr. President? Ground troops in Ukraine and Syria don’t count as a challenge?

Apparently not. Here’s the transcript:

We’re “literally speechless,” too.

We assume the interview was taped before this morning’s announcement that the U.S. was cancelling its program to train the Syrian rebels that Putin is using for target practice, because this would be a great follow-up question:

It’s chess, Blake. President Obama plays chess while we play checkers.

Editor’s note: A typo has been corrected in the opening paragraph.