Trump and Putin

An Ill-Boding Friendship

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Donald Trump’s Russian connections could influence the outcome of next week’s U.S. presidential election.

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    • NBC on Tuesday reported the FBI has been conducting a “preliminary inquiry” into Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia.
    • Seventeen U.S. intelligence services have confirmed that there was direct Russian intervention in a recent leak of data from the Democratic party.
    • Germany’s parliament and main political parties have been subjected to cyber attacks from abroad, which intelligence services claim were sponsored by Moscow.
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Graffiti of Trump kissing Putin
President Barack Obama has derided the “bromance” between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Source: DPA/Valda Kalnina

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are united not only in their use of vicious sarcasm in their speeches: The two have also both publicly expressed their admiration for each other.

But critics of the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, not least his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, go a step further. They don’t just accuse the two of exchanging niceties but claim Russia is massively interfering in the U.S. presidential election with the use of intelligence operations advantaging Mr. Trump, who, despite his denials, maintains close business ties to Russia.

So much coziness is perceived with anxiety in Germany, a country that believes it has also been subjected to Kremlin-sponsored cyber-attacks.

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