From Putin's view, what's not to like? What Putin had on Trump is what everybody else had — recognition of his extreme vulnerability to manipulation. — Fiona Hill, Trump's former Russia advisor
From Putin's view, what's not to like? What Putin had on Trump is what everybody else had — recognition of his extreme vulnerability to manipulation. — Fiona Hill, Trump's former Russia advisor
Fiona Hill, former Russia advisor to Trump and a staunch critic, dismisses the idea that Putin has compromising material on him
  • Fiona Hill, Trump's former Russia advisor, said Putin probably has no compromising material on Trump.
  • Allegations that Putin had damning information about Trump dogged him during his presidency.
  • Hill told the Daily Beast that Putin had instead worked out Trump was very susceptible to flattery.
Allegations persisted throughout Trump's presidency that Putin had somehow acquired incriminating evidence on him which compelled the president to be excessively deferential to his Russian counterpart.

But Hill, who advised Trump on Russia between 2017 and 2019, told the Daily Beast in an interview published Monday said that she doubted Putin had any damning material about the president.

Allegations of Russian "kompromat" — or compromising material — first surfaced in a leaked dossier prepared by former UK intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the contents of which have been disputed.

Hill said that she thought Putin did manipulate Trump, but did so by playing on character traits that were obvious to anybody.

She told the Daily Beast that Putin, like other world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, figured out early on how easily Trump was flattered.

As proof, she mentioned a time Trump had wanted to call Putin personally after learning he had been nice about him on TV.

Trump repeatedly praised Putin during his time in office, saying he had "strong control over his country."

"From Putin's view, what's not to like? What Putin had on Trump is what everybody else had — recognition of his extreme vulnerability to manipulation," Hill told the Daily Beast.
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