President Trump repeated on a number of occasions, both before and after his election, that “Wouldn’t it be nice to get along with Russia.” And also that a good relationship with Russia (which means Putin) will help USA address many problems facing the world such as terrorism and Syria. We’ll let the experts who know, debate whether that would happen. However, here is the problem with his explanation:
Wouldn’t it be nice to get along with the European Union as well? Yet, Trump is very antagonistic and talks tough things that denigrate chief EU members such as leaders of England and Germany. Being nice to Russia and getting along does not mean being publicly mean and critical of traditional allies. These allies have also helped or are helping in the fight against terrorism among other things.
Trump’s excuse for the different treatment of Putin contrasted to that of Merkle and May does not make sense. The latter appears clearly to be politically driven (playing to the base), the former appears more personal. This is why people watching the world over are baffled.