Trump Scorecard: Russia, D+

What's going on, if anything, between Russia and President Donald Trump? It's a legitimate question, hanging over just about every foreign policy move his administration makes.

Russia Gerb-4Remember then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's silly "reset" button with Russia? The idea was to seek better relations between the two countries. Republicans ridiculed the whole scenario as the Obama administration seemed to allow Russia to get away with more and more provocations: Its warplanes buzzing U.S. ships; the occupation of Crimea; intervention in Syria and the occupation of eastern Ukraine.

Isn't Trump essentially doing the same thing? By appearing to be going easy on Russia, when the tough-talking Trump was aggressive on just about everyone other issue, his somewhat sanguine approach to Russia cries out for explanation. It's ironic that while former President Barack Obama was ridiculed for going easy on Russia, Trump appears to be going even easier.

What's Trump's motivation? His soft approach to Russia only encourages paranoid speculation about what surprise Trump might be preparing. While it is laudable to aim for better relations with a potential bitter and deadly enemy, it isn't so when it comes to allowing Vladimir Putin to cast the Russian bear's shadow over Europe and the Middle East.

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