Did Trump campaign soften platform language to benefit Russia?

Donald Trump has turned heads by having some seemingly nice things to say about Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. But did he have his party alter its platform to soften its rhetoric on Russia? While the original version of the Republican Party platform is not public and unavailable, news outlets reported that it contained language that included arming Ukraine in its fight against Russia. The version that passed, however, softened the language, saying America will provide "appropriate assistance" to Ukraine and "greater coordination with NATO defense planning." When Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort about … >>More
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