Donald Trump made clear his opposition to recent prisoner exchange talks that may or may not be underway between the U.S. and Russia involving WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan for Viktor Bout – a convicted Russian arms trafficker who has been accused of selling weapons to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Siding With Russia? No Surprise There
Trump's admiration for Vladimir Putin was on display throughout his presidential term and continued until recently when he described Putin's aggression toward Ukraine as “genius” and “very savvy.” Trump said that the Russian military was “gonna keep peace all right” under Putin's leadership whom he called “a tough cookie” with “great charm.”
Though Trump seems to believe that Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is a spoiled brat who went to Russia “loaded up with drugs.” Griner was in fact returning to Russia …