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Charlotte Talks: Russia Meddling In Election Amid 'Baffling' Relationship Between Trump and Putin

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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning national security correspondent Greg Miller has been exploring the "baffling" relationship between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. He talks with Mike Collins about that dynamic, and what's been called the biggest political crime of our times - Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

The looming midterm election has seen Russia back to its old tricks – waging a misinformation campaign in the US to influence the vote. This month, the government charged an ally of Vladimir Putin with buying social media and web ads to foment divisions in order to manipulate the electorate.

President Trump has insisted Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election, much less that its activities were aimed at boosting his candidacy. It’s a positon that has put him at odds with American intelligence.

The relationship between the two presidents has confounded observers, including Washington Post national security correspondent Greg Miller, who describes Trump as having an apprentice-like relationship with Putin that is “inexplicable and baffling.”

Miller’s reporting on Russia’s activities was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning effort by the Post, and he continues to try to piece the puzzling dynamic between Trump and Putin together in his new book.

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Greg Miller, national security correspondent, The Washington Post; author of The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy (@gregpmiller)