Much has been made of Trump cozying up to Russia while trying to extort Ukraine. Some have even said that Trump is a shrewd manipulator playing to the desires of his base. Unfortunately, that is not true. Trump is NOT a smart person. He is so ignorant that he actually believes in the conspiracy theories that he promotes.
All of our intelligence agencies know that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election, but Trump is still denying it. Instead, he believes that it was not Russia that interfered, but Ukraine -- and they did it to benefit the Democrats. Frankly, that's frightening -- that's he actually believes this nonsense.
Here's part of how Greg Jaffe and Josh Dawsey report this in The Washington Post: