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Putin Calls Trump Administration the ‘Wrong Company’

Is an insult from a tyrant the highest praise?

Vladimir Putin at a presser

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his displeasure with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Trump administration, calling the group the “wrong company” for its hostility toward Russia’s interests, according to a Reuters report.

Despite the media’s eight month-long narrative that the Trump administration has served as patsies of the Kremlin, Putin sees U.S. leadership as hostile to Russia’s global ambitions:

Hopes of detente in Moscow’s relations with Washington under Donald Trump, who had praised President Putin before winning the White House, have faded as the countries have imposed sanctions and expelled diplomats in recent months.

Addressing a U.S. citizen at a plenary session of an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Putin said: “We awarded your compatriot Mr. Tillerson the Order of Friendship, but he seems to have fallen in with the wrong company and to be steering in the other direction.”

President Trump had expressed hope for a warmer relationship with Russia during the 2016 election, but Moscow’s clear aggression toward the west has made such a thaw impossible.

The president signed a sanctions bill in August that punished Russian energy and defense industries as retaliation for the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and their military invasion of Ukraine.

Putin’s recent remarks about Tillerson showcased Russia’s waning faith in the Trump administration in the wake of these actions, and relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.