10 Of Donald Trump’s Most Notorious Tweets About Putin
President Donald Trump is flying off to Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday, July 5.
After, Trump will head to the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where he's expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his alleged BFF.
This is Trump's second trip abroad as president (the first excursion had mixed results), but his meeting with Putin will be their first official encounter. There is no "specific agenda" for the meeting, according to the Associated Press.
Putin and Trump are set to have their conversation on Friday, July 7, and it's safe to say this will be the most closely watched encounter between Russia and the United States since Rocky IV.
Although, there probably won't be any punching in this meeting, unless something goes horribly wrong.
People are feeling a lot of different things about what could happen at this big meeting.
Anything could happen. The suspense is killing me!
Indeed, there's a great deal of anticipation about this meeting, especially in relation to the ongoing investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump's aides are reportedly nervous about what might happen when the two leaders meet, especially given the U.S. president has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth and make things extremely awkward (acting presidential isn't really his thing).
Trump has been under scrutiny about his stance toward Putin since his campaign.
During the U.S. presidential campaign, Trump signified a desire to improve U.S.-Russia relations and take a friendlier stance toward Putin.
He was widely condemned for this, given Putin's aggressive military actions in places like Ukraine and Syria, as well as his reputation for brutally repressing his political opponents (they have a tendency to die or disappear).
Who knows what might happen on Friday.
But, to give you an idea of how Trump has spoken in the past, and why this meeting will be watched so closely, let's review some of his more controversial tweets about Putin.
Trump has tweeted about Putin many times over the years, including that one time he wondered if the Russian president could be his "new best friend."
In September 2013, Trump praised Putin for an op-ed he wrote urging against U.S. military intervention in Syria (side-note: Putin intervened in Syria).
A lot of Trump's tweets about Putin have been very positive.
Although, he did once tweet he believed Putin wanted to rebuild the Russian Empire.
But, this makes you wonder why Trump later said he didn't think there was anything wrong with trying to befriend Putin (at a campaign rally in August 2016). Is he a threat or a potential friend?
In November 2013, Trump told MSNBC, "I do have a relationship" with Putin, but later tweeted, "I don't know Putin."
So, which is it?
In December 2016, Trump tweeted he "always knew [Putin] was very smart."
Trump also once retweeted someone on Putin's "brilliance."
While Obama was still president, Trump retweeted someone who claimed Obama was a "danger to the world" and Putin would "respect Trump."
Mentioning Putin, Trump also once referred to the news about Russian election interference as "a joke."
It's not a joke.
In December 2016, after winning the election, Trump seemed to agree with Putin that Clinton should accept her loss "with dignity."
Reminder: Putin ordered the election interference to help Trump win and hurt Clinton's chances, according to a U.S. intelligence report.
As you can see, Trump's stance toward Putin has often been inconsistent and confusing.
His first meeting with the Russian president will definitely be heavily scrutinized, and he'll likely face a great deal of criticism if he's seen as being too friendly.