I’m going on a limb here, but is it far out to think that Trump, before his Presidential serious undertaking post August 2016, just liked Putin for whatever qualities he admires about him, spoken or not? That he decided to add those perceived qualities to his business persona? That Putin realized Trump was an asset for more petroleum deals, covert or not? That Trump winning the Presidential race was an exponential added bonus? That’s just a step back into the bigger picture shot. I don’t know the answers to these questions.
It seems our country has been influencing presidential races all over the world for decades. While we can justify any reason for doing so, our reactions to an eventual Russian interference reactions are odd considering our level of global geo-political involvement. Is this a case of we can do it, but it’s not OK for you to do it to us, regardless of your justifications. A can of worms has been opened, methinks.
I’m not justifying Trump, Putin by a long shot, nor what we do as a country either. That’s not my job. I’m raising questions many of us have. Since we have no real hard core evidences as of yet, anything is left to interpretations.
We rarely see un-redacted reports from administrations proving anything beyond the shadow of a doubt. I don’t think this will be any different.