This seems to be the way Donald Trump has run his presidential campaign from the get-go and there are hints he would deal with world leaders on the same basis.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin described Trump as a "genius" and a "great leader," Trump responded:
"I'm saying that I'd possibly have a good relationship. He's been very nice to me. . . .
So, Putin compliments Trump and Trump reciprocates:
Trump has a history of giving as good as he gets, reciprocating. After House Speaker Paul Ryan initially hesitated to endorse Trump, Trump visited Wisconsin, saying he was"looking to whether or not he would support" Ryan. Turnabout is fair play in Trump's world.
For Trump, it's a childish, simplistic game, which reminds me of our unofficial, unauthorized ambassador to North Korea, Dennis Rodman, who, when questioned about his assessment of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un: "I tell the world: he’s my fuckin' friend, I love him."
This is what happens when a Rodman or a Trump represents your country.