Since then, Trump became a Republican nominee and the affinity
between him and Putin has been shown to be a direct connection, not just a mere
similarity. His people purged the Republican platform of its rather important
and widely supported plank, calling for supplying Ukraine with weapons to
combat separatists and defend itself against Russian aggression. It was,
incidentally, the only point of the platform they cared about and had any
interest in changing.
Trump then talked about reneging on America’s treaty obligation
to come to the defense of its NATO
allies – meaning Eastern European and ex-Soviet member-states – if Russia
attacked or tried to destabilize them. More recently, it has been revealed that
Russian hackers were almost certainly behind the theft of the Democratic
National Committee’s emails, which were made public via Wikileaks on the eve of
the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.