The Mueller report: What Russiagate means for Trump and the US media

WASHINGTON • In July 2016, as the campaign for the presidency of the United States was heating up, and maverick billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump was drawing huge crowds across America's heartland, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: "If elected, would Donald Trump be Vladimir Putin's man in the White House?"

It was a ludicrous, outrageous question, he acknowledged. But after all, Mr Trump was a ludicrous, outrageous candidate, he said. "The Trump campaign's recent behaviour has quite a few foreign policy experts wondering just what kind of hold Mr Putin has over the Republican nominee, and whether that influence will continue if he wins," the star columnist wrote.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2019, with the headline 'What Russiagate means for Trump and the US media'. Subscribe