Trump could learn first grade lesson from Putin

By refusing to rule out the Russian intelligence agency that had dumped an unverified dossier full of salacious, salacious and unverified information on Donald Trump, Donald Trump may have finally brought about a reckoning with one of the lessons he reportedly learned in the first grade, American Studies professor Jeffrey Himmelman writes in the New York Times.

Russian intelligence was behind an explosive 33-page report that the former British spy who compiled it, Christopher Steele, had reportedly compiled. It was the dossier’s salacious nature that prompted the Trump campaign to cool their relationship with the general source, Steele, who was representing both the FBI and the Clinton campaign.

Related Image Expand / Contract Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Himmelman, a Moscow expert and author of the new book “Russia’s Bizarro World: The Mythology and Reality of Vladimir Putin,” finds that part of the reason for this cooling in the campaign was because Trump has been known to have a short attention span and is easily led.

As Himmelman said: “When it comes to getting things done, he likes to find those people around him who are so absorbing of their own power that they are just willing to help him. Everything is more about who is in his inner circle than what is in the inner circle. The issue is that for people like Donald Trump, that is an ineffective way to get things done, and it’s kind of a no-win game,” Himmelman said.

“The reason why it is Trump and not Clinton that gets all these things is because she is talking to people who are willing to help her,” Himmelman told “There is no reason for her to listen to a new person about the Russians.”

Related Image Expand / Contract Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump. (L-R) Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin press secretary, President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and President Donald Trump. (Roger Bamber/AFP/Getty Images)

The issue also leads to an ultimate misunderstanding of how the American political system works in the United States, which is not a hierarchical, hierarchical power system like the Soviet system.

“For an ideological system to work in the United States, it has to transform into a political system. So we have this incredibly informal system in this country, an American system. Everybody throws every supposition they have out there because nobody wants to be accused of voting or being against somebody,” Himmelman said.

He says to expect the Democratic Party to go all in to impeach Trump on just such technicalities is overly severe.

“To impeach the president for something he has done that isn’t really an impeachable offense, especially since there is no evidence of what we are talking about in an actual report, it is just a story that turned up and moved people,” Himmelman said.

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