US President elect Donald Trump has taken to Twitter once again to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “Delay” in responding to Barack Obama’s move to remove 35 Russian diplomats from the US over the hacking scandal surrounding the US Presidential election.
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!,” said Trump via Twitter. Trump is currently courting several leaders that the US has recently fallen out of favour with. These include Vladimir Putin who despite his troubles with Barack Obama, seems to be highly in favour of his successor, the two men have struck up something of an accord, and are said to be on the same page politically. He’s also struck up a similar relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime minister, who has recently been at loggerheads with outgoing President Barack Obama, after the US refused to veto a vote against ongoing illegal settlement building.
Whether these relationships will be fruitful remains to be seen. On the one hand it is good that Trump wants to improve diplomatic relations. But his reasoning’s for selecting obvious opponents of his predecessor show that perhaps they’re not as they may seem. They may just be a further attempt at attacking the legacy of Obama. Trump has been very keen in his election speeches to openly attack Obama at every given opportunity. He was the mastermind behind the Obama being Muslim theory, an assertion he repeated several times during the campaign, even after Obama’s birth certificate was made public. He attacked most of his policies, and threatened to try and overturn several of them. These included medicare (also known as Obamacare). Which Trump had threatened to completely abolish, though he later climbed down accepting that there was actually some good policy in it.
With assertions about nuclear capability in response to a Putin speech to downright praise of him, Trump’s position on Russia is extremely unclear. It is something that will definitely need to be ironed out before he takes office though. As currently he speaks from the outside. Once he’s the man in charge the world will be watching every word that comes out of his mouth, and for someone who’s known for making remarks off the cuff he may need to learn more care in the future once he’s responsible for 300 million people.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.