Donald’s pal, Vladimir Putin? Funny thing about him.

Donald Trump is fighting with the media over an apparent friend of his, Vladimir Putin.

In a Nov. 10 GOP debate, Trump said: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ‘60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.”

Donald will have you know that his buddy is a very nice man.

They see we’ve been greatly weakened, both militarily and otherwise, and he certainly does not respect President Obama. So what I would do—as an example, I own Miss Universe, I was in Russia, I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success.

Donald and Vlade, Putin and Trump, they’re a team. Like peanut butter and jelly, or ham and eggs. Everywhere they go, they do very well. Everything that they do together, they’re a tremendous success. Imagine how much better the world will be when the Martin and Lewis of global politics are hosting the show. I feel pretty good about it. I can picture their world around the year 2025, with these two laughing it up and playing grabass in the defendants’ box in Den Hague. I’d prefer we avoid such gaudy Nuremberg-style demonstrations of justice among the hissing ruins, if that’s okay with you.

Now Donald just asked pal Pootie to take Hillary’s campaign out. In public? What are friends for…

“I have no relationship with Putin. I have no relationship with Putin,” Trump said in the interview when asked about the nature of the relationship.

Oh, now he’s a nobody. Zeh Crabbe couldn’t be a bigger stranger.

“I didn’t meet him. I haven’t spent time with him. I didn’t have dinner with him. I didn’t go hiking with him. I don’t know, I wouldn’t know him from Adam except I see his picture, and I would know what he looks like.”

Remarkable the way Donald’s friends come and go. Like Taylor Swift’s business-love interests. One minute they’re tremendous together, the next they haven’t so much as hiked the Caucasian Trail. They haven’t even tweeted at each other, if you can believe that. It makes you wonder what, if anything, Trump knows about this charming despot.

“He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down,” Trump said. “You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”

Go into what’s left of Ukraine, he means? The place with the street fighting, and the dead bodies, and the Russian infantry in disguise, strapped with Russian arms? That Ukraine?

When Stephanopoulos pointed out that Russia is already in Ukraine, Trump said, “Well, he’s there in a certain way. But I’m not there.”

Does anyone know what that means? I’m outta here.

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