Before Donald Trump took office, he was a huge fan of Vladimir Putin. In a memorable interview before the 2016 election, he defended the Russian President during an interview on Morning Joe. When host Joe Scarborough noted that Putin kills people that don’t agree with him, Trump responded, “I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe.”And ex-President has continued to praise the Russian authoritarian right up until he invaded Ukraine. Now that the conflict has started, his comments are looking worse and worse. According to the Daily Beast, advisers are begging Trump to stop complimenting Putin, but they don’t think he will.
The piece reads, “several advisers and associates have practically begged the former president to end his effusive-sounding praise of Putin. Trump’s warm words for the Russian leader, who the ex-president regularly brags about knowing “very well,” has startled even some of Trump’s onetime lieutenants who were already conditioned to mask their disgust with the 45th U.S. president’s actions.”
Corbin Bolies continues, “It got to the point that by Thursday afternoon, several longtime associates who had spoken to Trump since Tuesday told him that he might want to avoid lavishing too much praise on Putin, and perhaps refrain from complimenting the Russian president’s intellect so much, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.