WATCH: Trump/Putin 2016: From Russia With Love

Not exactly. It’s worse than that.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has had his eye on Donald Trump for quite sometime now — but for something much more nefarious than friendship: he’s been “cultivating” Trump in order to use the GOP nominee for Russia’s benefit.  Trump’s ties to Russia run much deeper than his campaign would like voters to believe.

The latest news — that the Russian government has been working to assist Trump for 5 years; FBI is investigating former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s ties to Russian oligarchs; that more and more Trump has been using pro-Kremlin talking points in his speeches —  shows Trump’s connections are a danger to our national security.