Here in Russia, when English speakers start talking with Russian speakers about President Trump, it seems like you’re talking about two entirely different people. Why this is can be a puzzle, until you take a look at how Trump is presented and quoted in Russian. Then it becomes clear: they are two different people.
The American Trump speaks in short bursts that sometimes trail off into nowhere, with plenty of repetition and a lot of very colloquial or slangy words and expressions. The Russian Trump speaks in complete, statesman-like sentences, with a few sharp words for piquancy.
Does that remind you of anyone? In Russian, Trump sounds a bit like Vladimir Putin.
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