Putin tells Russian media to scale back Trumpcoverage.
By EDDIE SCARRY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told statemedia to spend less time covering President Trump, according to a report.
Putin said the details about the new U.
President are no longer of high interest to Russians, according to a Thursday report byBloomberg.
Citing anonymous sources "familiar with thematter," however, Bloomberg said the real reason for the Kremlin's directive is thatRussia is now anticipating the new administration will be "less friendly than first thought.
" The report said that "wall-to-wall coverage"of Trump "went too far for the Kremlin's liking.
In January, Trump received more mentions inthe media than Putin, relegating the Russian leader to the No.
2 spot for the first timesince he returned to the Kremlin in 2012 after four years as premier, according to Interfaxdata.
" Bloomberg's report comes as the White Houseis facing intense scrutiny over its ties to the Russian government.
Trump has said he doesn't know Putin and hasno business deals with Russia, but recent reports say that Trump associates were intouch with Russian officials during the campaign.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattistold NATO ministers in Brussels that the U.
is not yet prepared to cooperate militarilywith Russia in Syria, something Trump has said he's wanted.