Will Improved US-Russia Relations Follow Trump’s Electoral Triumph? “Will Putin Become my New Best Friend?”

By Stephen Lendman

“I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so.”

The greatest risk of a Hillary electoral triumph was possible nuclear war on Russia – perhaps China and Iran to follow. Her defeat lets peace activists exhale for the first time in the campaign – but not relax.

He wants increased military spending at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents.

How aggressive he’ll be geopolitically remains to be seen.

Hopefully his election means improved Russia/US relations after years of hostility under Obama. Here are some Trump quotes about Vladimir Putin, positive signs:

“I respect Putin and Russians but cannot believe (Obama) allows them to get away with so much…Hats off to the Russians.”

October 2007: “Look at Putin – what he’s doing with Russia – I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done – whether you like him or don’t like him – he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”

December 2011: Trump praised Putin’s “intelligence (and) no-nonsense way,” adding he “has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbours so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe.”

June 2013: Trump tweeted “(w)ill (Putin) become my new best friend?”

October 2013: “I think he’s done a really great job of outsmarting our country.”

July 2015: “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so.”

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p-txtStephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.