'Those Are Stupid People': Trump Reportedly Trashed His Own Administration While Talking to Putin
Speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin last March, President Donald Trump criticized his own aides who had tried to prevent the phone call from taking place, according to a report from the New York Times.
Putin complained to Trump about the people who tried to stop the two men from talking, reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis found.
“Those are stupid people," Trump said, according to the report; "you shouldn’t listen to them.”
It was in the same conversation that Trump congratulated Putin on his electoral win, despite that fact that Russian elections are a sham and that, reportedly, his aides had explicitly directed him not to offer congratulations.
The interactions give more color to a bizarre relationship that has transfixed the country and spurred a thousand conspiracy theories. Since the 2016 campaign and before, Trump has repeatedly expressed a perplexing affection for Putin, despite the authoritarian leader's brutal hold on power in his country and his disregard for democratic values.
As the investigation into ties between Russia and trump continues, Trump's decision to meet one-on-one with Putin at an upcoming summit has drawn particular scrutiny, It seems Trump either does really have troubling ties to the Kremlin, or he doesn't mind acting in ways that make it look that way.