Mr. Trump himself is doing nothing to dispel suspicions with his hyperbolic attacks and his denials that he has business interests in Russia — when his dealings there go back decades. At the same time that Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies, he displays a trust verging on gullibility in the mendacious and murderous government of President Vladimir V. Putin. But why should anyone believe what Mr. Putin says? If Mr. Trump is genuinely innocent of any untoward connections with the Kremlin, wouldn’t he want a full investigation to clear his name? The reason is obvious: Mr. Trump appears to be infatuated with the autocrat in the Kremlin.
Source: New York Times January 11, 2017 22:33 UTC