While Kremlin policymakers preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who has a far more contentious relationship with Putin — Trump’s radical reorganization of the U.S. government, without regard to long term outcomes, robs Putin of his ability to keep the rest of the world on edge.
According to Foreign Policy, “Trump’s revolution is also ushering in a period of turmoil and uncertainty, including the likelihood of self-defeating trade wars. Still traumatized by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russia’s present leadership has no appetite for global instability.”
“With Trump in the White House, moreover, Putin has lost his monopoly over geopolitical unpredictability. The Kremlin’s ability to shock the world by taking the initiative and trashing ordinary international rules and customs has allowed Russia to play an oversized international role and to punch above its weight,” the piece continues.
“Putin now has to share the capacity to keep the world off balance with a new American president vastly more powerful than himself. More world leaders are watching anxiously to discover what Trump will do next than are worrying about what Putin will do next. Meanwhile, using anti-Americanism as an ideological crutch has become much more dubious now that the American electorate has chosen as their president a man publicly derided as ‘Putin’s puppet.'”
So essentially the Russian government is upset because Trump is even more Putin, than Putin.
Once again, just like Trump voters, what could they possibly have expected?
Donald Trump spent his entire campaign showing the world that he was thin skinned, unpredictable, and volatile.
It is unbelievable, to me at least, that anybody could possibly have thought he would act in any other way as president.
It is however somewhat humorous watching the Russians, and of course the Trump voters, slowly coming to the realization that most of us reached over a year ago.