To Democrats, Email Hack Suggests Trump Has New Supporter: Putin

Mr. Trump dismissed the idea as a joke, and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, called it “crazy” in remarks broadcast on CNN. “I don’t even know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Just four years ago, the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Russia the No. 1 geopolitical threat to the United States, a remark that was criticized at the time by Democrats but that seemed to anticipate the souring of relations after the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

As her campaign approached, Mrs. Clinton, too, sharpened her tone on the threat Mr. Putin posed, distancing herself in her book “Hard Choices” from a “reset” widely seen as a failure. Now it is Mr. Trump who sees — though not always — a new era of cooperation, “because Putin…

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