“Is Donald Trump really a wannabe mole for the Kremlin?” one of the headlines of Russia’s main pro-government tabloids reads on Friday. “No wonder two of his wives are from our kind, beautiful, slavic,” Komsomolskaya Pravda declared, referring to Trump’s Czech-American ex-wife Ivana Trump and Slovenian-born current wife Melania Trump. While the headline is meant to be humorous and the article is written with the kind of bombastic punctuation one could also find on a circus poster (there were at least 33 exclamation marks in the text), speculation about the U.S. presidential candidates’ existing or potential relationships with Russia has increased as the November vote nears. Here are a few key positions that the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton and the Republican Party’s Donald Trump have taken on Russia in the past. Relationship With Vladimir Putin Clinton: While her term as secretary of state saw her meet with many world leaders, she came into the role as Dmitry Medvedev succeeded Putin as president in 2008. Putin returned in 2012, only months before Clinton’s mandate finished. Even so, the two have an icy relationship. Newsweek subscription offers > Clinton in 2008 repeatedly warned Republican President George W. Bush that he should be… Read full this story
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