President Donald Trump appears to be a Russian surrogate, a puppet of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump’s White House staff is said to include people who have close relations with Russia and the Russian government, and President Trump’s own foreign policy statements seem to align with those of Putin and of the Russian government.
President Trump’s relationship with, and “admiration” for, Vladimir Putin and the Russian government began some 10 years ago:
- In a 2007 interview with Larry King on CNN, Donald trump said Putin is “doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”
- In his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough” Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy by saying “Putin has big plans for Russia” . . . Russia will soon “dominate oil supplies to all of Europe.”
- In 2013, Donald Trump posted on Twitter his wish that Putin would be his “new best friend” and hoped that Putin would attend his Miss Universe Pageant that was slated to be held in Moscow.
- Also in 2013, Donald Trump told Larry King on CNN’s “Larry King Live” that Putin is doing “a great job out-smarting our country (referring to the U. S.).”
- Immediately after launching his presidential bid in 2015, Donald Trump said he would “get along very well with Vladimir Putin.”
- Also in 2015 (on CBS’ Face the Nation), Donald Trump claimed he has many of Putin’s good traits, saying he and Putin were “stable mates” and “would get along very well.”
- Throughout his quest for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump repeated the claim that he and Putin were “stable mates.”
- In 2015, Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as “a talented person” and “the absolute leader in the (American) presidential race.” To this, Trump replied: “It’s a great honor to be . . . complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
- Again in 2015, Donald Trump defended Vladimir Putin against reports that Putin ordered the killing of certain journalists, saying: “. . . he’s running his country . . . at least he’s a leader.” And then he added: “. . . our country does plenty of killing also.”
- During the campaign in 2016, when questioned about Putin’s excessive praise for him, Donald Trump said he’d be stupid not to accept Putin’s platitudes, adding “I think I’d have a good relationship with Putin.”
- In his speeches during the presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump aligned himself with Vladimir Putin’s stance on NATO (‘it’s an obsolete and useless treaty”), the war in Syria (“the US should keep its hands off”), the European Union (“a poor economic alliance”), and American foreign policy in general (“not in the best interest of the American people”), and alleged: “I don’t think he (Putin) has any respect for Clinton (Hillary). I think he respects me. I think it would be great to get along with him.”
Donald Trump desperately tried to win Putin’s attention and recognition. For reasons of his own, Donald Trump eagerly wanted to be Putin’s “friend.” It now appears that Donald Trump is either a puppet or a surrogate – wittingly or unwittingly – of the Russian leader and of the Russian government.