According to Russian officials and NBC News, the Kremlin is preparing a psychological profile of President Donald Trump for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One senior Kremlin adviser tells the press that report reveals that the new American leader is a risk-taker and, according to NBC, “naive.”
Putin is preparing for his first state meeting with President Trump and the report is aimed at helping him better understand the new president, likely even giving him the ammo to get into the president’s head.
“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,” said former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov, who has known Trump since 2000.
The profile does not paint Trump in a very positive light, even suggesting he might be a weak leader.
“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 added.
A report of this nature is not unusual before such an important meeting, however, with Trump’s temperament and unpredictability, this report will more than likely give Putin a strong upper hand to control the conversation and control Trump.
Fedorov said that Trump “doesn’t understand fully who is Mr. Putin — he is a tough guy.” He added that many officials in the Kremlin believe that Trump views the presidency itself as a business.
This naivety about his role and limits of power have the Russia government worried that Trump will not be able to improve relations between the countries, a promise Trump has made since his days on the campaign trail.
Fedorov said that Russia sees Trump as having little control in Washington and that Trump’s “constant battle with the mass media” was “worrying us.”
“Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser — he must sort out his domestic problems first,” concluded Fedorov.
Trump’s meeting with the Russian leader will also carry the weight of the ongoing controversy over Trump’s own administration’s close and secretive relationship with the Kremlin. Earlier this month, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, stepped down after allegations surfaced he may have illegally bargained with Russian officials over Obama-era sanctions.
Lawmakers in Washington also believe Trump must be hard on Putin for Russia’s apparent hacking of the 2016 election, something Trump has not taken a firm stand on and has refused to answer questions on continuously. Meanwhile, the FBI is conducting three separate investigations into Russia’s involvement.
Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.