President Donald Trump is controversial for a lot of reasons. But one of the biggest ones is definitely his interesting relationship with Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Since it was first discussed during the third presidential debate in 2016, the conversation shifted rapidly to Trump’s relationship with the Russian President, and to questions of whether or not Russia has interfered in the 2016 election. As is turns out, Russia did some pretty shady things in the 2016 election.
Naturally, a presidential hopeful having an overtly friendly relationship with a man who’s been accused of overseeing a nauseating amount of human rights abuses didn't sway American voters. Throughout the election, rumors have surfaced that the billionaire and the alleged dictator have a kind of buddy-buddy relationship. Even The Simpsons have skewered their relationship.
It’s not the first time that word has floated in the wake of a discussion of Putin and Trump’s bromance. Just how close are the presidential hopeful and the amateur Russian karate champion, and what impact on Trump's presidency?
Trump's Son-In-Law - And Senior Advisor - Met With The Russians Before The Election Too
Sources Said Trump Campaign Contacted Russian Officials 18 Times During The ElectionPhoto: Office of the White House / Wikimedia Commons
Trump Disclosed Classified Info To Two Russian Officials In The White HousePhoto: CC-BY-4.0 / Wikimedia Commons
The Michael Flynn ProblemPhoto: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons
He Fired The FBI Director Before Warning Him Not To Investigate FlynnPhoto: Federal Bureau of Investigation / Wikimedia Commons
Eric Trump Bragged About Getting Money From Russia To Bolster BusinessPhoto: Ali Shaker / Wikimedia Commons