Eager to shmooze with the man who handed him the American presidency, Trump is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin on Friday at the G20 summit.
Trump isn’t expected to confront the Russian leader about his efforts to hack the U.S. election, shirking perhaps his most pressing responsibility as president.
Trump reportedly won't warn Putin over Russia's election meddling. That is insane. If he doesn't, there will be more cyberattacks. My take: pic.twitter.com/8mBVPyf3OV
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) 05. јул 2017.
Trump will be completely out of his depths trying to interact with Putin, who is infamous for his Machiavellian machinations and tenure as a KGB spymaster. Desperate to give Trump at least some semblance of competency, American intelligence officials are scrambling to brief Trump. The prep work includes a massive binder with a psychological profile of Putin, intelligence officials told The Los Angeles Times.
“The president often doesn’t read the usual briefing books and relies on in-person briefings, the officials said, so aides also have written a list of tweet-length sentences that summarize the main points Trump could bring up with Putin,” the Times reports.
They know how short his attention span is, and are hoping by mimicking his favorite social media platform, they’ll be able to get him to consider crucial information.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster revealed that there is no set agenda for the Putin meeting. Apparently, Trump thinks he can stroll into a meeting with one of the world’s greatest enemies of democracy and just freestyle it. Putin, on the other hand, can be expected to be well-prepared and ready to manipulate the easily flattered reality television star.
“Putin was and is a KGB officer, and KGB officers are specialists at one thing: seduction, how to persuade others to do what you want,” John Herbst, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told The Los Angeles Times.
Herbst suspects Putin will use the meeting to drive a larger wedge between the United States and NATO. The dissolution of the military alliance has long been a strategic geopolitical goal of Moscow.
Putin may not have to work very hard to outsmart Trump, as the president previously proved more than willing to divulge secret Israeli intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the Oval Office. In the coming encounter, our clueless president is completely outmatched.