1. Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit
(BBC)At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections. "President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be," he replied.
2. Congress feared Trump could not be trusted with Russia, and they didn’t want to leave him the unilateral power to end sanctions via executive order. When it came time to sign a veto-proof sanctions bill, Trump did so grudgingly and called it "seriously flawed."
(CNN, August 3, 2017)President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Russia and restricts Trump's own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow.
3. (BBC)Trump advocated the weakening the international alliance, NATO, which he called "obsolete".
4. (The Guardian)Donald Trump has offered to invite Vladimir Putin to an expanded G7 meeting in September, but the invitation has already been adamantly opposed by the UK and Canada.
5. Trump was impeached for withholding military aid to Ukraine to extract political favors.
6. Trump described Putin's sending Russian troops into rebel-held areas of Ukraine as "genius," "savvy" and "smart."
7. In a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump expressed his admiration for Putin who has ordered the assassinations (often by means of exotic poisons) of his political enemies.
“But he's a killer,” O’Reilly said to Trump.
"There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?" Trump replied.