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Donald Trump praises Vladimir Putin as “smart” for delayed response, as Russian Embassy in UK gloats about “victory”

President-elect Donald Trump may have said on Thursday that he would listen to the American intelligence community before coming to a decision about President Obama’s new sanctions against Russia, but his tweet on Friday strongly suggests that he’s already made up his mind.

Just to be clear: What Trump seems to be referring to here is the widely-held belief that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate against Obama’s sanctions in the hope that he could smooth things over with Trump once he took office. Not only would Trump’s tweet indicate that he’s on board with that approach — and thus more likely to revoke Obama’s sanctions or cozy up to Russia in another way — but it also means that he is outright praising a hostile leader for defying a sitting American president.

Sam Stein of The Huffington Post summed this up best.

Certainly the Russian Embassy in London has interpreted both Putin’s refusal to respond to Obama’s sanctions and Trump’s own attitude as a literal victory.

It’s worth noting here that Winston Churchill hated fascists. While it’s unclear whether he would have agreed with future White House adviser Kellyanne Conway that Obama passed these sanctions in order to “box in” her boss, it is well-known that Churchill couldn’t stand appeasers either.

Just saying.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

Matthew Rozsa.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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