Russian President Vladimir Putin has shamed western leaders who exhibit extreme views on Donald Trump by offering a healthy dose of logic, common sense and neutrality verging on cautious optimism in respect of the ‘Trump question.
Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Putin was asked whether he considers Donald Trump a ‘friend’.
“How can one be friends with a person he’s not acquainted with? I think Mr. Trump can’t call me his friend and I can’t do it as well. We’re not acquainted with each other. We’ve never met”.
Putin however seemed to have positive views on Trump’s personality viewing him as a “straightforward, frank person” who offers a “fresh look on things”.
Putin also saw Trump’s outsider status as preferable to that of his more stilted Washington colleagues saying,
“He can’t be regarded as a traditional politician. He never worked in politics…whether someone likes it or not, this always… very often brings certain benefits”.
Putin said that he looked forward to discussing Trump’s stated goal of having better relations with Russia but admitted that “internal struggles” in the US are prohibiting this from happening.
Finally, Putin was asked what advice he might offer to Trump. Putin wisely replied,
“…a man like Mr. Trump doesn’t need any advice, especially on domestic political issues…In general, giving advice to your colleagues is always counterproductive”.
Putin’s comments are a breath of fresh air. With everyone and their western cousin telling the world why Trump has gone wrong and where he can go right, Putin will simply wait and see, accepting Trump for who he is while admitting areas where Trump is clearly constrained.
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