Please, people — stop denigrating Donald Trump as a foreign policy ignoramus.
After all, he’s a global real estate tycoon with special insights into U.S. adversaries, like Vladimir Putin of Russia. “I got to know him very well,” The Donald has assured us voters. Only, it turns out, by “very well” he meant “not at all.” He later conceded that he’s never actually, you know, met Putin.
Still, Trump says he’s taken measure of the authoritarian Russian president from his corporate perch atop Trump Tower, concluding admiringly that Putin is “a lot stronger than our leader.”
Sure, if by stronger he means violently suppressing any opposition, stealing billions of dollars from the public for himself and his chosen oligarchs, or invading neighboring Ukraine.
Picky-picky-picky, says Donnie, who’s so enamored with Putin he publicly pleaded with the foreign strongman to hack into Hillary Clinton’s computers in order to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.