While the Trump administration had been accused just last week of being overly-chummy with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, the relationship has made a dramatic turn-around in very little time. Trump went from saying that Putin was a better leader than Barack Obama, and that he hoped he (Putin) would be his new best friend, to blaming Russia for much of the situation in Syria with chemical warfare. This left many politicians’ (and my own) head spinning. What brought this extreme turn-around? What does this mean for the future of the United States’ relationship with Russia? Will the stance of the administration shift again in two weeks, as seems to be a pattern with this administration?

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