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How Putin butters up Trump

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A source with direct knowledge of President Trump's phone calls with Putin tells me the Russian president shows a keen understanding of what makes Trump tick.

"Putin is very good at flattery and understanding the power of flattery with this president," the source told me. Putin "talks him [Trump] up... and with this president that goes a long way."

I asked the source what Putin says to Trump during these calls.

"Oh, things like 'the economy's so strong' or 'you're doing a great job' or 'I saw whatever happened on the news recently and you handled it so well'," the source recalled. "The president loves that stuff."
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