Putin Endorses Trump

I don't know how well it will go over with the neo-cons and the anti-Communist wing of the GOP, but Vladimir Putin is backing Donald Trump.

The Russian President told reporters at his annual news conference in Moscow that the American capitalist "is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented." 

 “It’s not up to us to judge his virtue, that is up to US voters, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race,” Putin added.

There's something of a mutual admiration society between the two tough talkers who have little tolerance for their critics or dissenters.

“I would talk to him. I would get along with him,” said Trump.  Putin is ready.   “He says that he wants a different level of relations, tighter and deeper relations with Russia,” the former KGB agent said. “How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it.”

Putin may be ready to work with Trump, but not the British prime minister.

David Cameron said the bloviating billionaire's call to ban Muslims was "divisive, stupid and wrong." With more than half a million Brits signing petitioning Parliament to ban Trump from visiting the UK, Cameron said if he tried to come "he would unite us all against him."

Trump had been planning to go to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who the New York businessman had enthusiastically endorsed in 2013.  Trump. In a campaign video Trump said the American-raised and educated Netanyahu would make a good U.S. president.  The GOP frontrunner, knowing Bibi's preference for Republicans, was likely looking to have the favor returned.

But, alas, the trip was cancelled. Trump said he was too busy with him own campaign but would go after he became president.  Netanyahu said he did not issue the invitation but would be willing to meet with any American presidential candidate.

Closer to the truth was that Bibi wasn't anxious to host the man who had just called for banning all Muslims – who constitute 20 percent of the Israeli population.  The last thing either man needed was anti-Trump demonstrations in Israel not only by Arabs but by also by Jews who reject his bigotry.   

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.