Meanwhile, Mathieu Boulegue, researcher, Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House, said that Mr. Trump had a “fascination” for the Russian leader – while Mr. Putin himself considers the billionaire to be a “useful puppet” . Trump’s trade relations with Russia have been the source of much speculation, including several proposals for a Trump Tower Moscow, also known as the Moscow Project, which never came to fruition.
“And they know how to influence it in some way.
He added: “I speak beyond bromance beyond, all things” we respect each other “. ”
There are parallels between the two, said Boulegue.
He explained, “You have two presidents who crave recognition; who like to do things their own way; who like informal agreements and compromises; who have to deal with very complicated internal systems and vested interests and lobbies.
“I don’t think they have much in common in terms of personality.
“But in terms of management style, there is certainly something.
“There is also Trump’s fascination with Putin in that he is a white, masculine badass who heads a prominent country.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Trump is taking Putin, which would be too far.
“Putin is interested in Trump as much as he can use him, like a puppet. ”
Speaking after a summit meeting with Mr. Putin in Helsinki in 2018, Mr. Trump said, “I thought President Putin was very, very strong.”
The same year, he spoke of a “big” meeting with NATO – but said he “had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin from Russia.
“Unfortunately, it’s not reported that way – the Fake News is going crazy! “