Donald Trump’s new campaign video has offended Vladimir Putin, ending the fledging bromance between the Republican frontrunner and the Russian president.
In October last year it seemed as though Trump was courting the Kremlin, when, in an interview with CNN he said this:
I would get along with Putin.
I think he would be absolutely fine.
To which Putin later responded:
He [Trump] is a very colourful and talented man, no doubt about that.
He is the absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it.
However, on Thursday Trump uploaded a campaign video onto his official Instagram account, that suggested Russia was still very much an enemy of America - lumping Putin in with Isis.
The beginning of the video states:
When facing your toughest opponents
At which point a short clip of Putin doing judo comes up, followed by what appears to be an Isis militant.
Trump then follows it with a clip of Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton barking like a dog.
As Putin laughs, the video ends with the words:
We don't need to be a punchline.
Ignoring what many critics see as sexist overtones of depicting Hilary Clinton as a dog, Russia was unhappy with the way its president was represented.
According to Washington Post, when asked about the video, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:
We assess this negatively.
It’s no secret that the demonisation of Russia, unfortunately, is an essential feature of the American election campaign.
Well, it was fun(ny) while it lasted.Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Image, Putin