I’m not prepared to count Putin out of this equation.
He had two hours alone with the president.
If I were him I’d have filled his head with nonsense (ok, more accurately, reaffirmed the nonsense already in his head).
“Don’t trust cabinet officials, they are in the line of succession and want your job.”
“Don’t trust the phones theUSSS people are giving you, they are bugged.”
“You and I are men of power, men of action. All women want to be with us and all men want to be us. I will tell you the truth because there is nothing I need from you. Everyone else will lie.”
“There is a huge shadow government trying to destroy you.”
“You will come up with fantastic solutions. Lesser men will try to convince you that they cannot be implemented. They say this most often because they will lose their jobs if you solve the problem.”