Trump — how to play people for your own purposes

Trump brags when making hurricane response of his cleverness in being aware of news ratings by announcing the pardon of the Sheriff Arpaio. That is a bit crude. However, I think bringing up Arpaio was a way to play to a large number of people for purposes of gaining more power. He is doing what he does because in his world, he knows how power can be created and gathered. Trump also went off on a tear on the goodness of having relations with Russia. Does Trump seek to become one of Putin’s oligarchs? That is a bit much, but there is a sign of something there, some sort of special relation between the two. That is my perception.