Trump: “I Know Nothing” About Vladimir Putin

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Hmmm:

Here’s what Trump said about Putin: “I know nothing about him, really….I don’t like him, I don’t dislike him, I don’t have feelings one way or the other.”

Isn’t that bracing? Trump knows nothing about the guy who’s been running Russia for the past 16 years. Putin has invaded South Ossetia, annexed Crimea, and waged a secret war against Ukraine. He has murdered journalists, jailed dissidents, and ruined oligarchs who failed to please him. He has encouraged brutal campaigns against the LGBT community. He has crushed the independent press. He is militarily involved in Syria, often in opposition to American interests. He is one of the most important leaders in the world, and so addicted to publicity that it’s hard to avoid knowing about him.

But Trump knows nothing. Nothing. How reassuring in a candidate for president of the United States.

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