How Trump Emboldens Putin (Opinion)

Were it not for Donald Trump, the latest Pew Research findings would make dismal reading for Vladimir Putin.
In Germany, for example, Putin out-polls Trump by 25% to 11%.
Story highlights Edward Lucas: President Trump likes bombast, lives in a state of permanent petulance, and is notable for his historical illiteracyThat gives Vladimir Putin cover to continue with his own version of that noxious cocktail, Lucas arguesEdward Lucas writes for The Economist.
Most of the world is not even scared of Russia — in most countries, it ranks roughly alongside China as a major threat.
In a Pew survey earlier this month , Americans named it the fourth biggest threat, behind ISIS, cyber attacks and climate change.

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