Under Putin’s Spell: Bush, Trump, & the West’s Love of Putin

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readFeb 27

The former US President George W. Bush had quite a complex relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Bush initially praised Putin as a trustworthy partner, but their relationship became strained due to disagreements over human rights violations, lack of press freedom, and conflicts like the 2008 “Five Day War” in Georgia. Of course, more recently Bush also expressed concern about Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine.

Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air” & “Beyond Reason” available on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | Research assistant for EUROPEUM Prague | 600+ blog posts with 1+ mil. views