Chuck Schumer, incoming Senate Minority Leader, has been dragging President Putin’s name in the mud. Especially when it comes to relations with the Trump administration.
However there is just one catch. Read below.
In 2003, Schumer welcomed Putin to New York City as Russian oil company Lukoil opened a gas station in Manhattan.
The AP photo shows Putin and Schumer smiling, with coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The caption reads:
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, enjoys a Krispy Kreme doughnut and coffee with Senator Charles Schumer from New York as Putin visits the first New York gas station of the Russian company Lukoil, Friday.
Schumer also said that day:
“When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I’ve had in politics.”
Schumer took it a bit further in 2008…
Schumer even held out hope for friendly relations with Russia in 2008. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Schumer argued Russia was the key to better relations with Iran.
Conveniently, Schumer’s opinion of the Russian leader has changed since it could potentially damage the image of President Trump.