Is Trump Obsessed With Putin and Russia?

nytimes.comIn an interview on CNN on Tuesday, Senator Marco Rubio wondered why Donald Trump seems so obsessed with Vladimir Putin. It was an excellent question.

It’s not hard to guess at least some of what Trump sees in Putin: He’s a strong man (and a strongman) who says whatever he wants, does whatever he wants, and not only does Putin not have to woo the press, he controls it.

But Rubio’s right: There are many odd and mysterious points of connection between Trump and Russia.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, has a history of representing heinous dictators, including Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine, a Kremlin puppet who was deposed by revolution in 2014.

Andrew Rosenthal

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