Vladimir Putin is intelligent, an attribute Bill Clinton Acknowledged a few years ago in a speech. Add to that, clever, goal-oriented and ruthless.
I firmly believe he realizes he is not dealing with the leader of the free world and the President of the (arguably?) most powerful nation on earth. He thinks, correctly, I'm convinced, our President is a community organizer from some big city in Illinois, whose main focus is only to help poor people by the redistribution of the nation's wealth by whatever means he deems necessary.
The columns by George Will and Cal Thomas in the March 28 edition of the Sun-Gazette confirm Vladimir Putin's belief, mine and no doubt many others.