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Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the relationship crisis

“It’s an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America’s election campaign.”

Willa Frej reporting for HuffPost Politics: In perhaps his boldest move yet, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump may have caused something he would live long enough to regret.

Specifically, a rift in his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

And all that because of the one aggressive campaign video.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDBS8bYGhWr/

The Trump campaign released a video on Wednesday using two different clips of Putin.

First, shows Russian president performing a Judo throw on a sparring partner, as it lists the “toughest opponents” the U.S. president will have to deal with.

Then, we see a man with his face covered pointing a gun at the camera, the same man we saw in ISIS’ videos before. This is, obviously, the next “toughest opponent” in line. You don't have to be genius to realize how this close-cut section of the video reflects on Putin's image.

Second, it shows him laughing at a clip of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who once barked like a dog during a town hall earlier this year. But the damage has already been done.

And the answer was soon to follow.

“I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if Vladimir Putin saw it. [But] our attitude is negative,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

“It’s an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America’s election campaign,” he added. “We always sincerely regret this and wish the [U.S.] electoral process was conducted without such references to our country.”

This incident comes off particularly weird, considering how much flattery there was between the two in the past.

Trump then regaled in being “so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”

“If Putin respects me, and if Putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said which were, frankly, very nice, I’ll accept that and I’ll accept that on behalf of our country,” he continued. “Because if we get along well with Russia, that’s a positive thing.”

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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