A prominent Russian newspaper editor has opened a can of woopass on Donald Trump, saying Wednesday that the U.S. president is a “puppet” in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands and is being used to fulfill Putin’s agenda of discrediting democracies across the world.
Mikhail Fishman, the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, said popular opinion in Russia is that Trump is a “stupid, unstrategic politician” who can be manipulated for the Kremlin’s benefit, according to Vox Magazine.
Fishman also said Russia is looking to take advantage of the Trump administration’s many slip-ups during its first month in office. “They see the clumsiness, the inexperience. Naturally, they’re working to exploit that,” he told Vox.
While the world was unsure about a Trump presidency during the campaign stage, the Kremlin portrayed the Republican nominee in a positive light. Kremlin’s propaganda showcased Trump “as an honest representative of the American people who was being mistreated by the establishment elites and other evil forces in Washington,” Fishman said.
According to Fishman, Putin never expected Trump to win the presidential election last year. Instead, his goal was to discredit his rival and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton would have likely followed former President Barack Obama’s global policy, and may have further isolated Moscow, especially after the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
In the U.S., Trump’s comments lauding Putin and calling for better relations with Russia while on the campaign trail have raised alarm over his alleged links to the Kremlin, and the influence the latter may have on the U.S. president.
Since Trump became president his supporters have shown a favorability for the Russian leader, giving him even more control over Trump.
A recent Gallup poll revealed that the number among Republicans that favor Vladimir Putin has gone up to the highest it’s ever been, while Democrats’ numbers have hit new lows.
Yes, Trump is Putin’s puppet and he is playing him like a fiddle.