“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
-Winston Churchill, 1939
What to make of Donald Trump’s relationship (or lack thereof) with Vladimir Putin?
A sampling of Trump’s contradictory quotes only makes things murkier:
Donald Trump last week: “I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is.”
Donald Trump in 2013: “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success.”
Donald Trump in 2015: “I got to know (Putin) very well.”
Donald Trump yesterday: “Just so you understand, he said very nice things about me. But I have no relationship with him. I don’t…I’ve never met him. I wouldn’t know him from Adam except I see his picture, and I would know what he looks like.”
And Donald Trump is (just barely) seen as the more “trustworthy” candidate.