New book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him

New book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly tried to reinforce President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE’s perception that a bureaucratic “deep state” was working to undermine him.

Putin voiced those sentiments in phone conversations with the president, according to an excerpt of "The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy" that was published by The Washington Post on Wednesday. Its author, Greg Miller, is a national security correspondent for the newspaper. 

The book notes that as a trained intelligence operative, Putin knew how to draw on someone’s insecurities and their ego. In phone conversations, he would conspiratorially whisper to Trump that the reason they could not hold a more cordial relationship was because of a secret cabal inside the U.S. government, according to the excerpt.

“It’s not us. We get it,” White House aides reportedly said Putin would tell Trump. “It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”

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The account regarding Putin’s gestures to Trump is one of many anecdotes reported in the book, which is set to be released on Oct. 2.

In another, a CIA unit known as the “Russian House” held a series of meetings in the months leading up to the 2016 election on reports that the Kremlin was mounting a campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

By August, the fears had grown so much that former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE urgently requested to see former President Obama, according to the book. 

Its release comes as Trump continues to rail against special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian election interference. Trump often refers to the probe as a "witch hunt." 

On Monday, Trump ordered for the declassification of a series of sensitive documents related to the Russia investigation. 

He also lashed out at the "Deep State and the Left" earlier this month after a senior Trump administration official stated in an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times that staffers have conspired to work against the president's impulses.