Rick Wilson: Trump ‘Is More of a Fan of Authoritarians, Including His Best Buddy Putin’ than He’s of Our Allies
WILSON: "Well, look, I would have probably have given the President a little bit of a pass on this if I hadn’t repeatedly in the course of his campaign and the first year of his presidency heard him praising dictators, praising overseas strong men, praising people like Duterte and sort of acting in an envious way toward a lot of these folks who are not exactly role models of western liberal democracy. So in this case it’s Trump being Trump or it’s Trump being funny. You’ve got to look at it in the context of the broader statements and broader inclinations he’s expressed over and over again. He certainly is more of a fan of authoritarians, including his best buddy Vladimir Putin, than he is to a lot of the allies we have around the world who are in countries that are representative democracies."