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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Russian Coverage On Trump Being Reduced

Putin said the details about the new U.S. president are no longer of high interest to Russians, according to a Thursday report by Bloomberg. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin said the details about the new U.S. president are no longer of high interest to Russians, according to a Thursday report by Bloomberg. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin tells Russian media to scale back Trump coverage


Russian President Vladimir Putin told state media to spend
 less time covering President Trump, according to a report.
Putin said the details about the new U.S. president are no
 longer of high interest to Russians, according to a Thursday
 report by Bloomberg.
Citing anonymous sources "familiar with the matter," however, Bloomberg said the real reason for the Kremlin's directive is
 that Russia is now anticipating the new administration will
 be "less friendly than first thought."
The report said that "wall-to-wall coverage" of Trump "went
 too far for the Kremlin's liking. In January, Trump received
 more mentions in the media than Putin, relegating the
Russian leader to the No. 2 spot for the first time since he
 returned to the Kremlin in 2012 after four years as premier,
according to Interfax data."


Bloomberg's report comes as the White House is facing
intense scrutiny over its ties to the Russian government.
Trump has said he doesn't know Putin and has no business
 deals with Russia, but recent reports say that Trump
associates were in touch with Russian officials during the
campaign.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told NATO
ministers in Brussels that the U.S. is not yet prepared to
cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria, something Trump
 has said he's wanted.