KREMLIN-MANAGED TELEVISION TURNS ITS BACK ON DONALD TRUMP, REVELING IN THE CHAOS ITS CREATED

Politico:
Kremlin-controlled news outlets used to root for Donald Trump’s election. Now they’re reveling in the chaos and division of his early presidency.

It’s not that the Kremlin-controlled outlets which all but explicitly rooted for Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton last fall have changed their view of the New York mogul. It’s that Moscow’s main goal was always to undermine the U.S. political system, regardless of who is in the White House, experts said.

“The Russian government is savoring the severe damage to America’s international image a result of the tumultuous first weeks of the Trump administration’s tenure,” said Andrew Weiss, a former Clinton White House National Security Council official for Russian affairs.

That’s particularly true given dimming hopes in Moscow that Trump can now deliver on his pledge to cooperate with Putin.

Russian media coverage has a limited impact on the U.S. political debate, even if stories by RT and Sputnik can circulate widely across Twitter and Facebook.

But shifts in how Russia reports on U.S. politics can offer important clues about Putin’s latest views of America.

And at the moment, Putin seems to be reveling in the sense of crisis gripping U.S. politics.

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