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At 100 Days, Trump's No Russian Stooge or Fascist

The president was supposed to be Putin's pawn. But he's been far harder on Russia than on China.
What happened to the puppet master thing?

What happened to the puppet master thing?

Photographer: Maja Hitij

Before Donald Trump won the election in November we were warned: He is a Russian stooge. He is a fascist. He will upend the protocols and traditions that make governing possible. This is not normal.

Now that we are approaching the 100-day mark, it's worth noting that the president is defying the expectations of his resistance. And while there is plenty to oppose in Trump's young presidency, he is neither the Siberian Candidate nor the second coming of Mussolini.