Newsweek dropped a bombshell report Friday on why Russia's backing Donald Trump.
Russia's buyer's remorse?
For the story, reporter Kurt Eichenwald dug deep into the inner workings of the Kremlin and detailed how Russia's thinking has evolved as the campaign progressed.
One of the most intriguing nuggets shows how President Vladimir Putin's love for the Republican presidential nominee hasn't always been steadfast -- Russia has experienced "buyer's remorse" at least a few times, given Trump's unpredictability.
Let's break it down.
Trump's comments re: Russian hacking and NATO
Despite multiple U.S. intelligence agencies agreeing Russia hacked into the DNC email server, Trump denied it. In a debate, he said it could have been "someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."
And this is in spite of receiving intelligence briefings on the matter. According to Newsweek, NATO allies are afraid if Trump is elected, this dismissive behavior could lead to a dangerous split within the chief military alliance countering Russian aggression.
"NATO was obsolete because of no terrorism protection"
Trump's comments re: Khan family
When Trump openly attacked a Gold Star family, Russia hit pause on its hacking scheme, thinking his presidential run was done.
"Top Russian officials came to believe Trump would be forced to withdraw from the race because of his psychological state and apparent unsuitability for the presidency." When Trump didn't drop out, they resumed their hacking plans.
Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016
Some of these replies are a little... NSFW.
Trump's ties to Russia are deep-rooted
Rumors about Trump family and friend ties to Russia are growing. Newsweek called out several key players in the Trump circle with dubious connections to Russia, and outlined actually how deep those ties run.
Those implicated include former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former advisor Carter Page and even retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been a vocal Trump surrogate. Flynn recently attended a dinner celebration seated just two seats away from Putin.
Lt. Gen. Flynn at the RT 10th anniversary party.
There's a weird and confusing propaganda game going down
This is an odd one: Newsweek reports the Trump campaign has disseminated Russian propaganda in several instances.
Here's what Newsweek wrote: "In one instance, a manipulated document was put out onto the internet anonymously by propagandists working with Russia; within hours, Trump was reciting that false information at a campaign rally."
How the Trump campaign got a hold of the information is unclear.
From an October Trump speech...
How Russia really feels about the U.S. election
Bottom line? Newsweek reports that not only are U.S. allies weary of Trump's unstable ways, it looks like Russia is too.
But while American allies prepare for the worst, Newsweek explains that in Russia's eyes, a Trump presidency means a destabilized global community -- and for Russia and friends, that's a win.
Making Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton look bad in the process is just cherry on top.
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