Trump has a history of defending Vladimir Putin and Russian actions going back at least to July of 2014, and he is still doing it. Rather than acting and speaking like someone who is about to become the president of the United States, Trump’s words and actions make him look more like a lobbyist for Putin.
Forget about his denial of Russian involvement in the 2016 election or his contempt for our intelligence agencies, Trump’s history of defending Russia goes back to nearly two decades.
When Malaysian airlines flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a missile over Eastern Ukraine killing 298 men, women and children, The Dutch determined the disaster was the act of Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine who supported Moscow. Trump immediately came to Russia’s defense. While calling it a “horrible thing,” Trump brushed off any Russian involvement, by saying, “no one really knows who did it.” The phrases “No one knows” or “it could have been anybody” seem to be favorites Donald Trump. He can’t actually point the finger at someone else, but it’s his way of saying, “hey, it wasn’t my guy.”
Then, during the 2016 campaign, his team was told not to bring up the party platform idea that the US should help arm the Ukrainians to help fend off a Russian invasion. He later told George Stehanopoulos that Putin had no invasion plans. Putin and Russian “are not going into the Ukraine,” Trump said.
When an independent inquiry determined Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive tea by the Russian FSB and Putin had most likely ordered the killing, Trump again defended Putin. “In all fairness to Putin,” Trump said, “he hasn’t been convicted of anything. Some people say he absolutely didn’t do it.” Later, Joe Scarborough asked Trump if he might consider the idea that Putin may have been involved, and Trump remarked, “At least he’s a leader.” We have to ask ourselves, is this the kind of leadership we can expect out of Mr. Trump?
Trump has an embarrassing history of praising Putin. During a Larry King show in 2007 Trump told King “Putin is doing a great job” in Russia. Perhaps, even more embarrassing, or nauseating is Putin’s response. Later Putin reciprocated on a Russian state-financed show saying is was a “great honor to be so nicely complemented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
For a man who virtually eliminated any shade of democracy in Russia, it’s difficult to understand Trump’s praise of him. “I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A,” Trump said of Putin.
Trump and Putin also seem to have an agreement in regards to NATO, perhaps the one entity that stands in Russia’s way of advancing it’s influenece in that part of the world. During his campaign, Trump claimed NATO was out of date and obsolete and the he would consider pulling the US out of the alliance with NATO. Georgia Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli, described Trump’s statements as the “biggest dream of everyone in the Kremlin.”Khidasheili also called Trump “scary,” dangerous” and “irresponsible.”
It’s difficult to guess what Trump will do or say at any particular moment, but if his past history with his love affair with Putin and Russia are any indication, we can bet with some certainty that he will always defend Russia and compliment Putin. The problem is, he’s suppose to be our president, with our welfare in mind, not Russia’s welfare.
During the Cold War the US and their allies had a theory about Russia, and communism in general – the domino theory. It meant, if one country falls, the one next to it is likely to fall, then one next to that one will fall. Our job, NATO’s job, was to stop the first domino from falling and taking out the rest. Trump doesn’t seem to believe, understand or care about that theory.