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Trump's aides push him toward tougher stance against Russia

Trump and Putin at the G20 Summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

"In battle over Russia policy, Trump’s aides are winning" ... The WashPost reports on "a tension at the core of the Trump administration’s increasingly hard-nosed stance on Russia."

The bottom line: Trump, a "reluctant hawk," "instinctually opposes many of the punitive measures pushed by his Cabinet that have crippled his ability to forge a close relationship with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin."