Trump wants to make Russia great again.

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Donald Trump has done something no American president has ever done: take the side of a nefarious foreign power that has attacked the United States. In a press conference at the end of his summit meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump chose to believe the denials of the former KGB agent rather than the unanimous verdict of American intelligence agencies and the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

He also blamed his own government’s investigation into the Russian cyber attack for bad relations between the two countries. Trump’s obsequiousness with Putin — coming just a day after he called the European Union America’s “foe” — brought condemnation from people across the political spectrum. Former CIA director John Brennan called it treason while Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, characterized Trump’s actions as “shameful” and “tragic.”

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