Last Week Tonight Television

John Oliver warns Trump about dealing with Vladimir Putin

"Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin's dreams... who knows why he's acting this way. Maybe he's compromised, maybe he's an idiot."

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver used his main story to warn Donald Trump about dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “There is no hard proof yet of direct links between Trump himself and Russia,” Oliver said. “But he does have a noticeably soft spot for both the country and its leader.”

Oliver then played clips of Trump talking about his relationship with Putin. “It’s a bit weird,” Oliver said. “You’ve been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep.”

“I know that over here, we think of Putin like a cartoon character that stages photo ops where he’s shirtless on a horse or swimming like a dolphin or emerging from the sea like a Bond villain,” Oliver explained. “But in Russia, he’s not some comic book villain; to many, he’s a comic book hero. He’s genuinely popular there.”

And Trump is playing right into his hand. As Oliver explained, “Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin’s dreams… who knows why he’s acting this way. Maybe he’s compromised, maybe he’s an idiot.”


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