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From Vanity Fair: A Brief History of Team Donald’s Ties to Russia

Poetic Justice

A Statesmanlike Snubbing

Is there anyone more wretched and lonely than Rex Tillerson?
He’s stuck in a job he only took ’cause his wife made him.
He’s going all the way to Moscow,
Only, as we already know,
To be snubbed by the odious Vladimir Putin.

Poetic Justice

An Autocratic Hypocrite

So now Trump has attacked the chemical-bombing Syrians,
And Putin has responded by calling us international barbarians.
Really, Mr. Putin?
How’d you get so high-falutin’?
And how does your hypocrisy play among the Crimeans and Ukrainians?

Poetic Justice

Vlad the Denier

As the FBI continues to investigate Trump’s Russia ties,
Vladimir Putin contends the allegations are all lies.
It’s just American political game,
Said the guy who invaded Crimea and Ukraine.
And if you don’t believe hme, just ask my spies!

Enumerati

Trump Met Putin at Least Nine Times

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CNN: “Since 2013 — when Trump’s Miss Universe pageant was held in Moscow — Trump has at least nine times claimed to have spoken to, met, or made contact with Putin. But as the 2016 campaign wore on and his statements on Putin began to attract more scrutiny, Trump changed course, denying having ever met the Russian president.”

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Putin Directed Russian Hack Attacks

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies… What began as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.

NBC News

Poetic Justice

Russian to Judgement

Trump’s support of Putin has the GOP in a predicament,
Given Putin’s habit of killing reporters and dissidents.
But Trump’s campaign has doubled down:
“Putin’s a hero; Obama’s a clown,”
And Trump prefers a ruthless dictator to an elected president.

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Just Because He Hates Them Doesn’t Mean He’d Kill Them

I do hate them. I hate some of these people, but I’ll be honest, I would never kill them.

— Donald Trump, quoted by Mediaite, saying that even though Vladimir Putin has been accused of killing journalists, “I’m totally against that.”

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Graham ‘Unnerved’ by Trump’s Support of Putin

Other than destroying every instrument of democracy in his own country, having opposition people killed, dismembering neighbors through military force and being the benefactor of the butcher of Damascus, he’s a good guy. This calculation by Trump unnerves me to my core.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham, quoted by Washington Post, on Donald Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Trump Campaign Stands by Astonishing Support for Putin

I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country.

— Gov. Mike Pence, reaffirming the Trump campaign’s “extraordinary embrace of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America’s own president, despite a cascade of criticism from Democrats and expressions of discomfort among Republicans,” the New York Times reports.