Donald Trump’s questionable relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin has raised many eyebrows along the campaign trail.
As Election Day quickly approaches, their close ties are only getting sketchier.
Speaking with conservative radio host Michael Savage, Trump said he would consider meeting with Putin before the inauguration, according to The New York Times.
The GOP presidential candidate claimed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is too tough on Russia which is a source for the friction that exists between the two countries.
Trump reportedly believes that meeting with Putin before the inauguration could possibly ease the tension between the United States and Russia.
“If I win on Nov. 8, I think I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration," Trump said. "I think it would be wonderful. She [Clinton] talks tough with Russia. She shouldn’t be talking so tough. Frankly, if we got along with Russia and knocked out ISIS, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing.”
There Trump goes again, using ISIS to defend his controversial antics.
During the second presidential debate when he was asked by the moderators to address his leaked audio recordings, he deflected to talking about defeating ISIS. It appears this is the same strategy he’s using to justify being friendly with Putin.
Trump is fully aware of the criticism he’s received for his connections to Russia. There’s even a conspiracy theory floating around that he is a surrogate for Putin, helping the Russian government influence U.S. elections to sabotage our democracy.
In the same radio interview, Trump suggested that if our current government officials were more cordial with Putin, then perhaps the relationship between the two countries wouldn’t be so strained.
“They say, ‘Oh well Russia loves Donald Trump and Putin loves Donald Trump. They insult him [Putin] constantly — I mean, no wonder he can’t stand Obama and Hillary Clinton. It is the worst situation that we’ve had with Russia since the end of the Cold War.”
Beyond the fact that Trump essentially confirmed his pro-Russia stance, his admiration for Putin’s “leadership” indicates an affinity for an authoritarian approach to government, which is extremely troubling considering how close he is to becoming commander-in-chief.
Americans are planning to vote for a president, not a ruler.
Furthermore, if Trump wants to link up with Russia against ISIS, one can only imagine how he and Putin would try to strong-arm war-torn countries, leaving more destruction in their wake and yielding no results.
Trump has proven time and time again that he doesn’t have the American citizens’ best interest in mind and prioritizing a meeting with Putin before taking office just solidifies that he is up to no good.
If he is elected, we can kiss democracy, as we know it, goodbye.
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