Putin and Trump seem to have a sort of a alliance going on; Trump has thus far refrained from attacking Putin, with other Republican candidates seeming to favor actual military conflict with Russia (besides Rand Paul)- literally calling for World War III.
“We spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, wounded warriors all over, and Putin is now taking over what we started. He’s going into Syria. He frankly wants to fight ISIS, and I think that’s a wonderful thing.”
In a particularly prescient moment, Trump also said of Assad, “maybe he’s better than the kind of people we’re supposed to be backing.”
As for Putin’s leadership skills, Trump said,”I will tell you, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an ‘A,’ and our president is not doing so well. They did not look good together.”
Putin also seemed to be full of praise for Trump, when he addressed journalists on Thursday:
“He is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that… He is an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it,” Putin told reporters in Moscow.
Putin refused to address Trump’s use of divisive language, saying, “it’s not our affair to determine his worthiness. That’s up to the United States voters,” he said, according to ABC. “As for his internal political issues and his turns of speech which he uses to raise his popularity, I repeat, it’s not our job to judge them.”
Trump finds himself in a rather strange position, being (in his speeches anyway)the most divisive and militaristic candidate, while at the same time arguing against conflict with Russia in Syria- rightly pointing out that ISIS should be the primary target, rather than the only stable region left in the country.
Sources: Huff Post
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