On Russia, Trump administration hews closely to Obama playbook

On Russia, Trump administration hews closely to Obama playbookBefore moving to the White House, Donald Trump expressed his admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and predicted that “President Trump would be so much better for US-Russia relations”. The “bromance” between Putin and Trump was abruptly adjourned amidst a political storm that continues to rage in Washington over alleged collusion between Trump’s inner circle and the Kremlin during the 2016 election campaign. Ongoing Russian operations in Ukraine have also forced Trump, who famously touted Putin as being a “stronger leader” than Obama, to moderate his stance.



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