Russian authorities are in process of putting together a dossier on President Donald Trump to help Vladimir Putin understand how the American leader thinks.
Specifically, the dossier is a psychological profile of Trump that will, in part, help Russia determine how America might respond to various risks.
So far, the report authors have found Trump is indeed a risk-taker, but naive.
From NBC News:
“Trump ‘doesn’t understand fully who is Mr. Putin — he is a tough guy,’ former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov told NBC News.
“The file is being compiled by retired diplomats and some of Putin’s staff, he added.
“The attempt to get inside the mind of the U.S. president is aimed at helping Putin plan for his first meeting with America’s new leader, the date for which is yet to be decided.
“‘Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper — seven pages — describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks,’ added Fedorov, who said he has known Trump since 2000.
“The dossier was being revised regularly, he said, adding that many in the Kremlin believed that Trump viewed the presidency as a business.
“Fedorov added: ‘Trump is not living in a box — he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak.'”
Fedorov also said Trump’s media battles are proving a concern to Russia’s government.
From NBC News once again:
“Fedorov added that Trump’s ‘constant battle with the mass media’ was ‘worrying us.’
“The U.S. president ‘is dancing on thin ice,’ he said. ‘It’s a risky game.’
“A former prime minister under Putin said the Kremlin is taking no pleasure at Trump’s struggles.
“‘Absolutely not — not laughing,’ Mikhail Kasyanov said. ‘The situation is very serious and the whole of [Putin’s] team, they are nervous.'”