Glad I saw this before responding to someone else. I also disagree with the assessment Putin and Russia didn’t know what they were getting. They knew. What they didn’t know was how good it was going to be but they for sure knew there would many layers of chaos.
Trump is a career slime bag. One of the most revealing statements said about Trump came in the form of that Michael Bloomberg comment during the elections. As a member of the elite he knows Trump very well and how he described his manner of conducting himself is exactly the way Trump deals with people. To the letter.
Trump could have denied what Bloomberg said endlessly but each week or every other day he does something to prove Bloomberg nailed it. Putin is laughing right now.