“The value system of Southern Christians and the value system of Russians are very much in line,” one prominent American intermediary with Moscow said to my colleagues. “The so-called conflict between our two nations is a tragedy because we’re very similar people, in a lot of our values, our interests and that sort of thing.”Indeed, Trump’s “America First” rhetoric isn’t all that different from the nationalism preached by Putin. Both are anchored in a defense of sovereignty, nostalgia for a mythic past and the loyalty of religious conservatives. It’s this agenda that has so dramatically startled American allies in Europe, who see the White House not as a guarantor of stability for the international order, but as a probable liability.No matter what we learn about the Trump campaign’s dealings with vague proxies of proxies, that connection will remain in place — and may ultimately define Trump and America’s place in the world.

Source: Washington Post