For someone whose job it is to listen to intelligence and make decisions based on verified facts, he sure as hell likes boasting about how much stock he puts in rumor. You’re the president! You’re not supposed to give two shits what ‘people say’ – only what’s verified to be true. What is wrong with this guy? Seriously. I mean, even if he did not think the intelligence was correct, wouldn’t it make sense to bring it up and then state his opinion of it to Putin? If only to satisfy domestic political concerns, saying something would allow him the cover to truthfully say “I brought it up”.
It’s because, ignoring the “he’s a Russian puppet” narrative, he’s a gigantic coward. He doesn’t even fire his own staff face to face. The Apprentice was him LARPing his wildest bad boy dreams. Do you think he’s going to actually alpha dog a former KGB agent and murderous dictator? I get the impression that most Americans don’t really know the scope of things Putin has been involved in. He’s borderlining on Voldemort’s “great, but terrible” status. He has a lot of power through information. He knows when and how to use it. He didn’t end up where he is by accident and he plays the long game.