The bromance is over.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interesting reason for why he thinks it is naïve to talk about feeling disappointed with U.S. President Donald Trump.
“He is not my bride. I am not his bride, nor his groom. We are running our governments,” Putin told a reporter at an economic summit in China.
Trump may have shed a little tear when he heard this.
Moscow and Washington are currently involved in a diplomatic dispute concerning the closure of a Russian consulate and several other diplomatic properties across America.
While on the campaign trail, Trump famously cosied up to Putin and claimed that if he won, he would bring in a new era of friendship between the U.S. and Russia.
But the relationship has soured following the intensifying investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and the closure of the diplomatic properties.
“It’s hard to deal with people who confuse Austria and Australia, but there’s nothing you can do about this,” Putin said. “Apparently, this is the level of political culture within a certain part of the U.S. establishment.”
Hey buddy, leave Australia out of this.
According to the Moscow Times, another reporter asked Putin about whether he thinks Trump will face impeachment. Putin didn’t answer, but a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman recently said that “it could be worth remembering” not all U.S. presidents go the distance.
Putin is in China attending the BRICS meeting, an economic summit consisting of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Russian president also weighed in on the North Korea situation, saying the putting pressure on the hermit nation would be useless.
“The escalation of military hysteria will not do any good. It may lead to a planetary catastrophe and a colossal casualty rate. There is no other way to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem but peacefully and diplomatically,” Putin said.
This is a stark contrast to Trump, who has said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea. By “all options”, Trump clearly means the use of force. He has also mentioned “fire and fury”, which doesn’t exactly gel with the idea of peaceful resolution.
Regarding Putin’s bride comment, if Russia truly did influence the U.S. election – and it’s looking increasingly likely this is the case – then it’s true Trump is not his bride – he’s his….um…another word…we can’t print here.