Let us not beat around the bush, Russia was a significant and determining factor in the election of Donald J. Trump. He was their candidate and Trump owes them. Moreover, I believe Putin has something more and very disruptive and devastating on Trump personally, which if revealed would have immediately ruined his candidacy in 2016.
The elephant in the room is what is it the Ruskies have on the president. It’s not merely Trump admiration for leaders of strong authority…. Putin, Kim, Duarte.
President Trump will always slant international issues in Russia’s favor careful not to step on Russian policy toes while attempting to be not too obvious with E. U. nations and others.
Trump is an outstanding demagogue – showman and deal making manipulator, but to a large extent as we have seen a novice in international political affairs and diplomatic strategy. Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin have manipulated Trump the past year and a half. What? Can you believe it North Korea will begin denuclearizing and give up its nuclear tipped missiles while Putin will have a heart and cease meddling in U. S. business? Not a chance.
Each will handle the Trump Administration in their own deceptive ways which will not be so accommodating as Trump says they will.
Could Obama have done more to curb the secret Russian pro-Trump election campaign intervention? Yes, he could have, but Obama and the Democrats were so confident Hillary Clinton would win the presidency hands-down against the volatile renegade GOP candidate they became over-confident and were badly mistaken.
All the Best.