The bromance between Putin and Trump has finally come to an end. The Russian political leader has put his foot down, calling the Republican nominee’s behavior towards women “completely indefensible.”
Trump was hit with bad press when a hot-mic audio from 2005 was released last Friday, in which Trump bragged about his aggressive sexual exploits towards women to the host of Access America, Billy Bush.
Having listened to the recently released recording of what Trump calls “locker room talk”, Putin’s official response was: “as the father of two daughters, I cannot condone or defend Mr. Trump’s behavior.” This is a major change in tone for Putin, who previously commented on his beliefs that “Donald Trump is a really brilliant and talented person” and that he would make the “absolute leader in the presidential race.”
This is a huge blow to Trump’s campaign and interest in investing in Russia, as Trump-Russia links go beyond the Presidential election. After filing for bankrupcy in the United States, Trump turned to Russia, where he and his financial advisors have received funding for his business adventures. Where American investors have previously feared to tread, Trump has relied heavily on Russia for support.
To rub salt into the wound, the Russian President made a quick and swift decision to cancel his appearance at a scheduled campaign in Columbus, Ohio with Donald Trump and has sworn he will make no further appearances with Trump for the rest of the campaign.
In addition to cancelling his appearance at the rally, Putin will no longer financially back the Republican nominee’s campaigns, which he was expected to put five million dollars in funding towards.
There are plenty of reasons to disagree with the Russian President, but he might have just made the biggest political statement of his entire career.