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Bloomberg reports that the Kremlin has ordered Russian media "to cut way back" on their complimentary coverage of Trump in light of the uncertainty around whether Trump's administration will be as friendly as they originally thought. The order comes amid the increasingly loud anti-Russian sentiment in Washington, where government agencies are digging deeper into suspected connections between Trumpworld and Russia.

Putin is apparently defending the the decision as a result of Russian viewers' decreased interest in Trump's rise to power, but Bloomberg also points out that some of the most popular TV segments on Trump focus on ideas that Russia would rather not promote, such as Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp."

P.S.: Bloomberg also notes that Trump got more mentions than Putin from Russian state media in January.

Also of note, the media was pushed out of the room when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were delivering remarks, and the the Foreign Minister was not happy about it.

Here's what went down: Lavrov fielded a question about ousted National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, and said, "You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries." Then as soon as Tillerson started speaking, the media was signaled to leave the room. Lavrov reportedly turned to Tillerson and asked him, "Why did you shush them out?"

As Bloomberg put it: "awkward."

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