Four questions about Trump and Putin's relationship

Most Americans have deeply entrenched opinions about President Donald Trump and his references to “fake news,” and referring to the media as “being your enemy.”Regardless of your current opinion, it might behoove asking yourself: Is it possible that...

Four questions about Trump and Putin's relationship

Most Americans have deeply entrenched opinions about President Donald Trump and his references to “fake news,” and referring to the media as “being your enemy.”

Regardless of your current opinion, it might behoove asking yourself:

  • Is it possible that Trump is trying to discredit the American media, the FBI, the CIA and other intelligence agencies in order to potentially restrict the freedom of the press at some point in time, so that he may silence any opposition?
  • Why do you think Trump has repeatedly singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin (a former KGB officer) as the leader he most admires?
  • How have Putin’s comments and actions toward the Russian press and his treatment of his opponents been similar to Trump’s?
  • Why might Putin be outspokenly admired by any U.S. president who pledges to uphold the U.S. Constitution to the best of his ability?

It’s worth noting that since silencing his opposition, Putin and his party have amassed an unchecked majority in the Duma (the Russian parliament).

Putin arguably holds the most power of any Russian head of state since Nikita Khrushchev in the 1950s and 1960s. However, unlike Khrushchev, who had to answer to the Soviet Politburo, Putin does not. He is autocratic, calculating and ruthless.

— Erik Scribner, Menasha, Wis.

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