During a recent joint press conference with presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Trump stated he saw no reason to believe that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US election despite the findings of American intelligence agencies.
I won't rehash every move Trump has made over the last year and a half, but among his greatest hits are lifting sanctions against Russia, reopening a Russian embassy known to be an espionage center, and advocating for Russia to be allowed to rejoin the G8.
Only now are people talking about the possibility that Putin maybe blackmailing President Trump. To that I say, "WELL DUH!" I have suspected as much for over a year. Think about it. Watch his body language. When he reads prepared anti Russian statements, his arms are folded and his head is down as if he's drawing inward toward himself. It is a classic fear response.
Of course, I can't prove anything, but it does make one wonder. One also has to wonder why Trump won't release his tax returns. According to The Washington Post, President Trump’s business tried to make a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while he was running for president in 2015 & 2016. We don't know what other deals he tried to make in Russia or what the outcomes were. It is theoretically possible that whatever Putin has on Trump is a result of one of those deals.
Like I said, this is all pure speculation on my part. We don't know what is actually motivating our president to snuggle up to our enemy. However, it is not speculation that his actions are making us look weak and untrustworthy in the eyes of our allies.