Despite his public opposition to many United States’ policies, it turns out Vladimir Putin is willing to work with one US president – he just happens to be fictional.
Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar has revealed to ABC’s Q&A that President Putin sits his ministers down and makes them watch all seasons of Netflix program House of Cards after developing a liking to a character played by Kevin Spacey.
“Apparently his favourite US president is actually a fictional character called Frank Underwood,” Mr Zygar said.
“I was really surprised when I heard that for the first time, that he recommends his freshly appointed ministers to watch all the seasons of House of Cards because you must know the enemy and (Putin thinks) that’s how the American system works.”
Underwood’s character is somewhat of a pathological narcissist who is forced to work with fictional Russian president Viktor Petrov, a character believed to be loosely based on Putin.
After the discussion returned to the non-fictional political figures, panelists were quick to turn their attention to President Trump – and the verdict was not glowing.
Describing him as an “unexploded bomb”, the TV show's guests insisted Trump had no genuine ideas and often just said the first thing that came to his head.
“To suggest there’s some reason behind anything he says is to assume so much more to the man,” Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, Lawrence Krauss said.
“There was a great article saying it felt it was an insult to four-year-olds when people compared Trump to four-year-olds.
"Four-year-olds are curious. They’re playful, they experiment, they want to know more about the world, he doesn’t do any of that.”
Journalist Niki Savva added that Trump “takes up all the oxygen” with his saturation coverage in Australia.