The Kremlin can’t believe its luck,” said Konstantin von Eggert, an independent Moscow-based political analyst who believes the Obama administration has not been forceful in countering Russia.
President Obama and (Secretary of State) John Kerry were a dream team for them, but now they have an even better option; someone who thinks that America should have nothing to do with the rest of the world.
Perhaps the Kremlin can’t believe its luck, when the US is about to elect Donald Trump the POTUS. But the Kremlin is not lucky in that Trump is an isolationist–the Kremlin is lucky that Trump is a businessman and not a leader.
A lot can be said about Putin, but it can not be said that he is not a leader–Trump, so far in his bid for the POTUS, has not shown that he is a leader.
Trump knows who his customers are in the Republican base–but doesn’t understand how to lead from that position. Trump is not an isolationist, but his customers are. Trump may know who his customers are, but how is he going to lead them when he doesn’t believe in their movement?
The Kremlin should be thankful for the fact that Trump is a businessman. The Kremlin can use as many customers as the businessmen Trump is willing to give them. When Trump the businessman meet with Putin he will have a whole briefcase full of customers.
The Kremlin, under the Putin leadership, knows how to deal with businessmen, their business model depends on it. Putin has said the he will build an Industrial Military Complex and to accomplish that he needs customers.
Dealing with leaders, such as Obama, Hillary, or Bernie Sanders is another thing. Leaders are behind (or infront) of a movement and are hard to control–businessmen are not. Businessmen are not necessarily leaders, but to be successful, they must know their customers and they must know how to deal in cash. For leaders to be successful they need to be ahead or behind a movement of people.
“It must be money you brought, to better haggle with us on key issues,” Putin joked, looking across the table at a smiling Kerry.
Source: What’s briefcase?
When Trump’s Secretary of State visits Putin, the briefcase will be full of money, as Putin expected. Businessmen know that there is a price for every customer, and Trump, I am sure, will be more than happy to buy into what Putin is selling, i.e. leadership, as long as Trump gets to put his name on it.
Source: From Russia with love: why the Kremlin backs Trump – To Inform is to Influence