Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

John Oliver Rips the Books Open on Vladimir Putin's Finances

The New York Times reported last week that the Trump campaign had "repeated" contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials a year ago.

Former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov described the USA president as a "tough guy" but someone who "doesn't understand fully who is Mr. Putin" to NBC.

Trump's public remarks about Russian Federation and Putin were examined as Oliver noted the very real shroud of doubt surrounding Putin, who is routinely idolized in Russian Federation via a state-run press corps with techno-pop songs singing his macho praises and fawning photo ops where he allegedly plucked an antiquity out of the sea. "Trump is not living in a box - he is living in a crowd", Federov added to NBC. "He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak", he told NBC.

The Kremlin has watched Trump's behavior with alarm, according to Fedorov and Sergei Markov, a former Russian lawmaker who remains well-connected with Putin's government.

It is anxious the president will not have the political power to improve relations with Russian Federation, as he has indicated he might try to do, and even, perhaps, lift some USA sanctions.

Administration officials have also sometimes signaled a tougher approach. And I don't think that sinking to the level of "Well, the USA has lots of problems, so we can't really judge someone who kills journalists" is what most of us think of as "getting along".

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"Absolutely not", Kasyanov said. "The situation is very serious and the whole of [Putin's] team, they are nervous". "Maybe he's compromised, maybe he's an idiot, but since the president of the United States won't stick up for this country, I will", said Oliver. In January, American intelligence agencies discovered that Russian Federation launched a full-scale digital assault on the election process.

The president has reaffirmed time and again that he's an avid supporter of Putin's style.

Oliver pointed to another O'Reilly interview with Trump in February, in which O'Reilly pressed the issue of US-Russian relations, saying, "Putin's a killer".

But despite the two countries' differences, Trump has been known to repeat the same line pushed by Russia: "You think our country is so innocent?"

It is fairly normal practice for a president to be briefed on a rival leader before such a meeting, but the compilation of a seven-page psychological portrait of Trump is an unusual step.

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