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Trump & Putin: A tale of two ‘lovebirds’

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin cannot resist each other. Both shook hands Saturday in Da Nang, Vietnam for the second time in two days during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit. Trump entered the summit meeting room and walked straight to his Russian counterpart, who was already seated at the room’s giant round table.

Putin stood and the two shook hands and spoke briefly, with Trump smiling and doing most of the talking. Later, the two heads of state chatted before posing for a ‘family photo’ with all the other presidents and prime ministers. 



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Although the leaders present at the summit seemed pleased to witness the two Presidents together and in a good mood, the US citizens were not very delighted and that because of a good reason.

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Soon after President Trump took office, the Democrats and officials within CIA accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 elections which saw Trump surpassing his rival Hillary Clinton in polls. British newspaper went so far to claim that the hackers who upended the US presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton’s campaign, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, US defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin.

Moreover, Trump Junior was also accused of having ties with Russian businessmen and Kremlin officials. However, he stated that such contacts were personal and had nothing to do with his father’s Presidential campaign.

Supporters of Hillary Clinton still accuse Russia of hacking into the elections and are very critical of Trump’s ties with Putin. However, both the Presidents seem undeterred and don’t miss any chance to meet and greet each other.