"They do not know how pride can stoop, When baffled feelings withering droop; They do not know how hate can burn In hearts once changed from soft to stern, And all the false and fatal zeal The convert of revenge can feel."
'The Republican presidential frontrunner returned the Russian president’s effusive praise on Friday — and raised more eyebrows."
"I asked if he thought Trump’s approach to NATO could increase the likelihood of Russian aggression in the Baltics, given Trump’s skepticism about the alliance and apparent fondness for President Vladimir Putin and Putin’s worldview. Potentially, he said."
"WE BELIEVE DONALD TRUMP’S LAVISH PRAISE OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, HIS CRITICISM OF OUR STRATEGIC NATO ALLIANCE, AND HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF’S CLOSE FINANCIAL TIES TO PRO-RUSSIAN POLITICIANS IN UKRAINE PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AT RISK."
"On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian leadership, while outlining policies that read like a Kremlin wish list. He has claimed that Putin would never invade Ukraine, suggested permanently ceding Crimea to Russia, and placed conditions on upholding our obligation to protect our NATO allies. He even encouraged Russian espionage to interfere with our election, a tactic Putin has deployed across Central Asia and Europe to boost his preferred candidates. In addition, he has floated lifting sanctions against Russia, which would benefit both Putin and the Trump Organization."