‘Two guys in a steam bath’: Trump praises himself on phone calls with Putin, according to a CNN report

‘Two guys in a steam bath’: Trump praises himself on phone calls with Putin, according to a CNN report


  • Sources within the Trump administration said the president was “inordinately solicitous of Putin’s adoration and relatively seeking his approval,” according to CNN’s Carl Bernstein.
  • Two United States officials said Trump had “naively raised” Russia “to practically parity with the United States.”
  • ” He’s having fun with something he doesn’t comprehend,” one official said, “and he’s providing them power that they would utilize [aggressively].”
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President Donald Trump appears desperate to win the approval of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, confidential United States officials informed CNN, with one source explaining calls in between the leaders as “2 people in a steam bath.”

Sources within the Trump administration said the president was “inordinately solicitous of Putin’s adoration and relatively seeking his approval,” according to CNN’s Carl Bernstein.

Two United States officials said Trump had “naively elevated” Russia “to nearly parity with the United States.”

” He’s playing with something he doesn’t understand,” one official said, “and he’s providing them power that they would utilize [aggressively].”

In particular, the sources derided Trump’s choice to withdraw most US troops from Syria that had actually been offering assistance to Kurdish militias battling the Islamic State, a relocation that further increased Russian influence in the nation.

Sources likewise informed CNN that, in the calls with Putin, Trump “talked mostly about himself, often in excessive, self-aggrandizing terms,” while berating his predecessors as “imbeciles” and “weaklings.”

The Russian president “simply outplays him,” a senior Trump administration official said.

After the story was published, a White Home representative asserted that the president “is a world class arbitrator,” decreasing to attend to the substance of the piece.

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