Russia clearly attempted to influence the 2016 US election, infers John Brennan in The New York Times. The country has a long history of manipulating politics in other countries to suit its needs. Donald Trump’s behavior indicates that he is, at least indirectly, connected to the Kremlin. His invitation for Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails was as worrying as it was unprecedented. Trump's team, from Paul Manafort to Rick Gates, had significant ties to Moscow, for which they are currently facing trial. While Trump's alleged role in this collusion still needs to be evaluated, Russia’s fingerprints are all over the election that he won.
The notion that Donald Trump colluded with Russia has yet to be proven, argues Thomas Massie in Real Clear Politics. While the country did meddle in the 2016 US election in minor ways, stories about the president being a Russian agent are a fantasy that Democrats have pushed endlessly. Now even small attempts to improve relations between these two countries are met with cries of collusion. The Cold War is over although some prefer to believe that it isn’t. America has bigger issues to deal with and would be best served by having better ties with Russia. The collusion story is highly exaggerated for partisan reasons.