Mother Jones, in an article titled A History of Donald Trump’s Bromance with Vladimir Putin, has revealed the latest round of evidence strongly suggesting that Donald Trump and the Russian President have extremely close ties and a a friendship that goes deeper than either have publicly admitted.
Trump admitted that he does in fact have a relationship with Vladimir Putin, in a newly surfaced 2013 video in which he was asked very specifically about his relationship to the Russian president.
The Republican nominee then twice and emphatically said that he has a relationship with Putin then proceeded to criticize President Obama, while undeniably praising Russia’s President as “very brilliant” for his handling of Syria, and praising Putin.
The interview was conducted by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in Russia in 2013 in an effort to promote Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant, which he was hosting in Moscow. Roberts asked Trump “Do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin? A conversational relationship or anything that you feel you have sway or influence over his government?”
Here is Trump’s answer:
“I do have a relationship.”
“Annnnd, Ahh-ee can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and he’s going to be seeing it in some form.”
“But I do have a relationship with him.”
“And, uh I think it’s very interesting to see what’s happened. I mean look. He’s done very brilliant job, in terms of what he represents, and who he’s representing.”
“If you look at what he’s done with Syria.”
“If you look at so many of the different things, he has really eaten our President’s lunch. Let’s not kid ourselves.”
“He’s done an amazing job. He’s put himself, really as a lot of people would really as a lot of people would say, he’s put himself in the forefront as a leader, in a very short period of time.”
“Now in all fairness to Obama, I think that he’s done the same thing with Bush, with President Bush.”
“I think that Putin has done an amazing job with showing leadership that our people have not been able to match.”
Here’s the interview: