Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly tried to reinforce President Trump’s perception that a bureaucratic “deep state” was working to undermine him.
Putin voiced those sentiments in phone conversations with the president, according to an excerpt of “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy” that was published by The Washington Post on Wednesday. Its author, Greg Miller, is a national security correspondent for the newspaper.
The book notes that as a trained intelligence operative, Putin knew how to draw on someone’s insecurities and their ego. In phone conversations, he would conspiratorially whisper to Trump that the reason they could not hold a more cordial relationship was because of a secret cabal inside the U.S. government, according to the excerpt.
“It’s not us. We get it,” White House aides reportedly said Putin would tell Trump. “It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”
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