The record is clear. Yes…. and No.
It seems to depend on who asked Trump if he has a relationship with Putin. But, either way, he lied in order to get through the questions.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, he “didn’t think” he ever met Putin. In multiple other interviews he denied knowing Vladimir Putin.
However, when it is advantageous to have a relationship with Putin, Donald Trump is very clear, “I do have a relation.”
“we were stable mates.” (referring to both appearing on a news show). “He was beautiful”, referring to Putin.
What make this worrisome in the light of the hacking is that Trump directly called for Russia to hack the emails.