If Trump can pull off a miracle with Russia and turn Putin into a friend, then better for all of us. It won’t take long to find out.
My prediction is that the relationship will blow up quickly. This won’t be due to Trump, who is extending an olive branch with the best of intentions.
Trump likely sees this as a new partnership — one where we help the Russians on some matter of concern to them, and they reciprocate in another area for us. A win-win approach typical of Trump.
But Putin will soon want things Trump won’t compromise on. He most certainly will overreach. He will think Trump owes him.
When Putin misbehaves and embarrasses Trump, he will not respond nicely.
Putin faces a rude awakening.