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Putin: U.S.-Russia Relations at All-Time Low Under Trump

Vladimir Putin suggested on Wednesday that U.S.-Russia relations are even worse under Trump than they were under Obama, comments no one imagined were possible six months ago.

Vladimir Putin at a presser

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S.-Russia relations have “not improved but [have] rather deteriorated” under President Trump, a claim that makes sense given recent events but one that no one would have predicted six months ago.

Putin made the comments in an interview “broadcast on Russian television moments after” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson started his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Reuters.

“One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated,” Putin said in an interview broadcast on Russian television moments after Tillerson sat down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an ornate hall.

…Moments earlier, Lavrov greeted Tillerson with unusually icy remarks, denouncing the missile strike on Syria as illegal and accusing Washington of behaving unpredictably.

Putin also suggested that Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack on his own people was either made up or conducted by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, calling the deadly attack a “wonderful platform for [U.S.] consolidation” against Russia.

Political observers thought U.S.-Russia relations were at a new low under President Obama, but Putin’s comments suggest the new low is under Trump. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov hinted at this on Good Morning America in March, suggesting relations may be “even worse” than the Cold War.

As NTK Network pointed out on Tuesday, this deterioration in relations could not have been imagined by Democrats six months ago. They had warned that Trump would be a “puppet” of the Kremlin, or even under Putin’s direct control.