President Donald Trump treats Russian President Vladimir Putin as a confidant while bullying and ignoring other world leaders.
Putin, meanwhile, is playing to Trump’s strengths and weaknesses — the two men often commiserate over how the “fake news” and “deep state” are against them.
“It’s not us,” Putin reportedly told Trump during one recent conversation. “It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”
President Donald Trump reportedly treats Russian President Vladimir Putin as a confidant while bullying and ignoring other world leaders.
Trump consults Putin on international policy and the two commiserate over American forces they believe to be acting against them, according to The Washington Post.
“The president thinks he can be friends with Putin,” former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said, according to US officials cited by the Post. “I don’t know why, or why he would want to be.”
Putin, meanwhile, appears to be playing to Trump’s likes and dislikes, often showering the US president…