The U.N. high commissioner for human rights gave a speech in which he criticized Trump for supporting torture. In response, Russia's UN ambassador virulently complained and defended Trump. Vlad Putin sees Trump as a convivial puppet for Russia, so much so that it intervenes on an international level to protect Trump from criticism.
Trump, for his part has:
- Suggested official recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
- Offered to not defend NATO allies if invaded by Russia, calling the alliance "obsolete."
- Praised and encouraged Russian espionage on the United States.
- Promised to defer to Russian leadership on the Middle East.
An American president so easily manipulated is a godsend to Putin.