Trump finally gets the praise he has been coveting from the media – in Russia!

Trump finally gets the praise he has been coveting from the media – in Russia!

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Helsinki and Associated Press

04:12 EDT 16 Jul 2018, updated 08:35 EDT 16 Jul 2018

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• President Trump flew into Helsinki branding the press as the ‘enemy of the people’

• Russian media typically refer him as captive to a ‘deep state’

• The Russian press warmed to him in advance of his summit with Putin 

President Trump attacked the media Sunday as the ‘enemy of the people,’ but in Russia, where the accusatory term had currency and dire consequences during Soviet times, Trump has finally been getting some good press.

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Trump is typically depicted as a tool of the ‘deep state’ in Russia’s state-run media, which sometimes fans conspiracies and casts U.S. and western efforts to pressure or sanction its officials as having dark motives.

But in advance of the high-stakes summit – where many observers say Putin has scored a win just by showing up – Trump’s reputation has been getting a makeover.

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President Donald Trump has been getting improved treatment in the Russian press in advance of his meeting with President Vladimir Putin

Russia’s largely Kremlin-friendly TV networks, websites and newspapers portrayed Trump as a political maverick who is being unfairly targeted by his own compatriots, according to the latest samplings.

Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda dismissed the U.S. investigation into Trump’s ‘mythical work for the Kremlin,’ and praised Trump for meeting Putin ‘despite opposition from his own elite and the hysterics of the media.’

Trump himself branded the Robert Mueller probe a ‘Rigged Witch Hunt’ on twitter just hours before he was to meet Putin.

On Friday, the Justice Department released an indictment of 12 Russian spies accused of hacking Democrats during the elections and dumping unflattering emails on the Internet.

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Donald Trump meets Finnish president Sauli Niinisto

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But in advance of the high-stakes summit – where many observers say Putin has scored a win just by showing up – Trump’s reputation has been getting a makeover. He’s seen here with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto

Commentators on popular Sunday night talk show ‘Vecher’ or ‘Evening’ said Putin goes into Monday’s summit in Helsinki as the stronger figure, notably coming off his hosting of the World Cup.

They brushed off new indictments of Russians accused of hacking the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump congratulated Putin on a successful World Cup on his way to Helsinki in an ingratiating move.

Trump also may be getting plaudits for doing something the Kremlin has been striving for years: driving cracks between the powerful western alliance that has confronted Russia.

‘We are witnessing something surprising, something that even the Soviet Union was not able to accomplish: Divide the U.S. and Western Europe. It didn’t work then, but it seems to be working with Mr. Trump now,’ said Tatyana Parkhalina on a Russian talk show, the New York Times reported.

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