In the last debate on October 19, Donald Trump disavowed any relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I don’t know Putin,” said Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, when asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether he would denounce Russia’s “interference” in the election.
When pressed, Trump said, “Of course I condemn.”
“I don’t know Putin,” he added. “This is not my best friend!
Either Trump was channeling his old pal Bill Clinton by questioning the meaning of the word “know,” or he was lying, because in 2013 he speculated on Putin becoming his “new best friend.”
Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow – if so, will he become my new best friend?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2013
But even more damning are Trump’s own words in a 2013 interview with Thomas Roberts.
I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this… pic.twitter.com/INzBPioKQK
— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) November 1, 2016
“But I do have a relationship with [Putin],” said Trump. “He’s done a very brilliant job…” and the gushing continues from there. It’s no secret that Trump has had a man crush on Putin for quite some time.