What Trump’s flirtation with Putin signals to Europe

By Professor Rajan Menon, originally published by the Christian Science Monitor on July 28, 2016

Speculation about Donald Trump’s soft spot for Russian President Vladimir Putin and general pro-Russian attitude has been waxing for several months, helped along by moves such as Mr. Trump’s hiring of campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who represented the Russian-backed former Ukrainian president for a decade. And there’s his recent comments praising Mr. Putin as “a better leader” than Barack Obama.

The flirtation of sorts between the two leaders – Mr. Putin too has praised Trump – became the focus of media attention Wednesday when Trump called for Russia to locate emails allegedly missing from Hillary Clinton’s home email server.

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