Hannah Levintova of Mother Jones has compiled a comprehensive look at Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia for the past 30 years. Throughout that history Trump mentions several times meeting Putin and having a relationship with him. According to Mother Jones, on May 27 of 2014;
At a National Press Club luncheon, Trump says, “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer.”
Since then he has denied ever having met him. “At a rally in South Carolina, Trump says of Putin, “‘have no relationship with him, other than that he called me a genius.'”
The article documents Trumps various business relationships and travels to Russia and is absolutely essential reading in order to get a comprehensive understanding of not only Trumps relationship to Russia, but his continued obfuscations about his relationship with Vladmir Putin and to other powerful oligarchs.