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I agree that this particular article is a bit too conspiratorial, but I'm at a loss to understand why Trump continues to make demands like having a completely private meeting with Putin, despite undoubtedly understanding that almost half of the country thinks that the Steele dossier could be quite factual. Best case scenario is that he wants to bitch about not having as strong of a chokehold on America as Putin has with Russia, I guess?

Or Trump saying that Russia should rejoin the G7 while shittalking Trudeau and Merkel and starting trade wars with them.

Or Trump telling Putin that his own aides... the best people... are "stupid" for trying to stop him from calling Putin to congratulate him on his election victory.

Or for contradicting Nikki Haley and reneging on further sanctions against Russia via the UN.

That's just a few things recently. Everything points to a single person in the White House contradicting all advice given to him by everyone around him and continually making policy decisions that benefit Russia. Why? Because he has a hard-on for authoritarian dictators? This is weird to say, but I hope that's all it is.