February 5th, 2017 12:16 EST
Trump on 'Killer' Putin: 'Is Our Country So Innocent'? Trump is Spot On!
"President Donald Trump said he respects Vladimir Putin, and when an interviewer called the Russian leader `a killer,` Trump said the United States has many of them.`What do you think? Our country`s so innocent?` he told Fox`s Bill O`Reilly in an excerpt released by the network."
Donald Trump doesn`t speak in the language of diplomacy, he speaks his mind bluntly in black and white terms. He paints in broad strokes, and there are only primary colors in his palette -- no shades of gray.
Twitter was custom-made for Trump`s speech, don`t expect his ideas and philosophy (such as it is) in policy papers. American politicians and foreign leaders need to accept the reality that Trump doesn`t do nuance or introspection.
Not to put too fine a point on it but Vladimir Putin is a dictator, however I do respect his patriotism and his strong and decisive leadership. What is wrong with anybody with a modicum of integrity and intelligence respecting Putin`s good qualities?
Liberals, of all people, should applaud Trump`s rejoinder when when Bill O`Reilly referred to Putin as a "killer." Indeed, is America so innocent? I`m cognizant that Putin was the former head of the KGB, but former President George H W Bush was the former head of the CIA. The litany of crimes against humanity committed by the CIA is no less deplorable than those perpetrated by the KGB.
Trump on Putin:
I respect a lot of people, but that doesn`t mean I`m going to get along with him. He`s a leader of his country. I say it`s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world - that`s a good thing.
What the hell is controversial about Trump`s assessment of Putin? Instead of demonizing and provoking a leader who is sitting on top of a nuclear arsenal that can destroy the world many times over, we should be seeking to work with him whenever our aims and goals align, such as in the war against international terrorism.
Many of Trump`s policies are misguided, but his desire to build a good working relationship with Putin is not!
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