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  • This week, Trump gave Putin exactly what he's wanted.

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  • Ever since the Russians popped up in our elections last summer,

  • people have been asking:

  • what is it Putin wants from Trump?

  • Well, take a look at the last two weeks

  • and you have your answer.

  • It's not just that President Trump is nice to the Russians.

  • It's that we have Captain Chaos in the White House.

  • He fires the man investigating him,

  • changes his story several times,

  • his aides are trying to keep their story straight,

  • sending all of Washington into a tailspin.

  • Closed hearings, leaks, memos, special prosecutors

  • even talk of the "i" word.

  • What does Putin want?

  • This.

  • Here's why.

  • The largest trauma of Putin's life

  • was the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • The Cold War ended and the verdict was decisive:

  • Soviet Communism doesn't work.

  • But American liberal democracy does.

  • America is strong.

  • Russia is weak.

  • And so, many Russians wanted to live like Americans.

  • And many Russians still do.

  • They're the ones who keep protest Putin,

  • saying he's corrupt,

  • he doesn't follow his own laws, that he

  • he rigs elections,

  • he controls the media,

  • and that he's been in power for too long, 17 years,

  • and nobody else stands a chance.

  • Basically, what they are saying is

  • he is bad by Western standards,

  • and Western standards are good standards.

  • But in the last year, and especially the last week,

  • Putin has shown his own people

  • that maybe the West isn't that great.

  • It's chaotic, it's unpredictable,

  • it's unstable.

  • Maybe the Russian way isn't that bad.

  • Maybe it's even better than the American way.

  • In America, every four years, a whole new set of people come into power,

  • and a lot of them don't know what they're doing.

  • In Russia, on the other hand,

  • they've been ruled by pros for nearly two decades.

  • Slow and steady.

  • No leaks, no memos,

  • no special prosecutors,

  • and certainly no talk of the "i" word.

  • Where we see strength,

  • checks and balances, independent institutions, rule of law.

  • Putin sees weakness.

  • And that's what he's been wanting to show, not just to us, but to his own people.

  • You thought America was strong?

  • Look at it now.

This week, Trump gave Putin exactly what he's wanted.

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