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Mr. President, Putin Is No Friend

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President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 12:17 PM

Donald Trump has made no secret of wanting an improved relationship between the U.S. and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. During his presidency to date, Mr. Trump has relentlessly pursued that goal.

My greatest concern about this agenda has always been that Putin would perceive his American counterpart’s efforts as evidence of weakness or worse, appeasement. We saw how that worked out when Barack Obama actually engaged in such accommodating behavior — namely, the Kremlin’s immense nuclear buildup, serial aggression, and mounting threats to our allies and this country.

Now, Mr. Trump faces an all-too-common presidential temptation. Having forged a personal relationship with an adversarial leader, including over dinner at the recent G-20 meeting, the American senses that their rapport will overcome real, serious, and abiding conflicts.

As they say in New York, Mr. President, when it comes to Vladimir Putin, "fuggedaboutit."

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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