Russian intelligence is reportedly compiling a dossier outlining President Donald Trump's psychological makeup in anticipation of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Feb. 20, former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov disclosed that retired diplomats and members of Putin's personal staff were revising a psychological assessment of Trump.
"Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper -- seven pages -- describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," Fedorov told NBC News.
The first meeting between the two leaders had yet to be scheduled, but Fedorov asserts that Russian intelligence is working to provide Putin with information to best exploit Trump's personality. He added that the profile concludes that Trump is both a risk-taker and naive.
The former deputy foreign minister added that Putin's government is concerned about Trump's domestic controversies, and worryies that the president could face political pressure that would make it difficult for him to follow through on his campaign promise to improve relations with Russia.
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told his supporters "Wouldn't it be nice if we got along with Russia?"
Foreign policy experts believe that Trump had planned on improving relations with the Putin government by collaborating with them militarily on fighting the Islamic State group (ISIS), allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power, and lifting economic sanctions, CNN reports.
This foreign policy initiative has been complicated by alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded that Russia had committed cyber espionage during the 2016 presidential race to help Trump's campaign.
Meanwhile, Trump's former national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with a Russian ambassador in December 2016.
Fedorov asserts that Putin's government is now reluctant to make any moves that would inflame the controversy surrounding Trump's relationship with Russia.
"Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser -- he must sort out his domestic problems first," Fedorov said.
The former deputy foreign minister added that Trump's heated relationship with the U.S. media had also given Russia pause.
On Feb. 17, Trump took to social media to cast the media as an enemy, The New York Times reports.
"The FAKE NEWS media... is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people," Trump tweeted out. "SICK!"
Fedorov warned that Trump's "constant battle with the mass media... is dancing on thin ice. It's a risky game."