Earlier this year in the thick of his election campaign, Vladimir Putin released a propaganda video promoting Russia’s “invincible” new generation of nuclear weapons.
Why it matters: One scene in particular caught President Trump’s attention, according to sources with direct knowledge. The motion graphic in Putin’s video appeared to show missiles raining down on Florida — the home of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club…
Trump stayed publicly silent. But privately, he raged. He told aides he understood this was Putin playing up to the crowds for his election but even so it was “over the line,” said a source familiar with Trump’s private comments.
Trump lashed out at the Russian president in a phone call, according to sources with direct knowledge. A source with knowledge of the president’s conversations with Putin told me this direct criticism from Trump was unprecedented in their recollection. “Usually it’s a bit of a love fest,” in their phone calls, the source said.