The Buzz: Trump’s Dangerous Embrace of Putin
Americans agree that Donald Trump’s national security policies are irresponsible, dangerous, and divisive. Last week he faced severe criticism for suggesting Vladimir Putin is a better leader than the president of the United States, despite Putin’s dictatorial and undemocratic actions that have led many to call him a strongman.
Trump’s kind words for Putin fly in the face of even his campaign’s supporters, including GOP congressman Michael McCaul who highlighted Putin’s KGB ties and aggressive military incursions.
Trump does not appreciate the danger that Putin poses and is simply unfit to occupy the Oval Office.
Here’s The Buzz:
This morning on MSNBC, Republican Representative Michael McCaul called Putin a “very dangerous man.” McCaul would not say whether Trump fully understands Putin’s dangerous actions, only that, “I spoke with him yesterday — I urged caution when it comes to this man.”
Washington Post: Michael Morell and Mike Vickers: An open letter to Donald Trump
Mr. Trump, with all due respect to you as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party, you cannot credibly serve as commander in chief if you embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has repeatedly shown himself to be an adversary of the United States. Putin, during his long tenure, has repeatedly pursued policies that undermine U.S. interests and those of our allies and partners. He has steadily but systematically moved Russia from a fledgling democratic state to an authoritarian one. He is the last foreign leader you should be praising.
Politico: Eli Stokols and Hadas Gold: Why Donald Trump gets a pass
Even the way NBC’s Matt Lauer teed up a question during last week’s Commander in Chief forum brought one reality of this 2016 campaign into stark relief: Donald Trump is being graded on a curve. . .he again expressed personal admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has invaded Crimea and murdered journalists, going as far as to suggest he is a stronger leader than President Obama.
Washington Post: Colbert I. King: For Russia, Donald Trump is a dream come true
Turn over the keys to Trump, who mingles with Putin’s Russian oligarchs, hustles business opportunities in Moscow, blithely looks past Putin’s annexation of Crimea, and glosses over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its support for Iran and Bashar al-Assad in Syria? Who says the NATO-member Baltic states can count on our help only if threatened by Russia if they have “fulfilled their obligations to us” ? Who says of Russian election meddling: “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do”? No wonder Putin, covert manipulator of the West, smirks.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Editorial: Nothing to admire about dictators like Putin
“The man has very strong control over a country,” Trump said of Putin. “It’s a very different system, and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.” Trump didn’t mention how much easier it is to lead when for all practical purposes you are a dictator.
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