Former Trump adviser Fiona Hill recalled meeting Vladimir Putin at a dinner party.
She observed that Putin smelled “like he had just come out of a special preparatory bath”.
She claimed Putin never ate or drank at dinner and used cards with huge words on them.
Fiona Hill, Russia adviser under former President Donald Trump, described what it was like to sit next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at dinner, including the strange smell he gave off.
Hill made the remarks while speaking on BBC Sounds’ “Desert Island Discs” show, during which she recounted her experience of sitting at a touching distance from the Russian leader.
“I saw the suits, one of the finely tailored suits, the way the little vein pulsates on the left side of his face,” Hill said in the episode, which aired May 8.
Besides noticing Putin’s “very expensive watch”, Hill also observed that the Russian leader “could really have done without glasses” as he was using cards with huge words on them.
“I could read them all, cards telling him who was who and what to say and things like that,” she recalled.
Hill also observed that Putin “did not eat or drink anything” during the meal.
Importantly, Hill also said she took note of the Russian leader’s scent.
“Now that sounds really weird, but I could feel he was freshly washed. He wasn’t wearing any cologne, but it was almost like he had just come out of a special prep bath or something. that,” Hill said.
She added that Putin seemed to be “all in control” of the image he projected to others.
“I thought, ‘Wow, look at this,'” Hill said. “It’s all staged. Every little bit is staged. It’s a performance.”
She said Putin was not “a conversationalist” either, and he “barely glanced at her” throughout the meal.
Hill is best known for serving in the Trump administration as an adviser on Russia. In recent months, she has repeatedly weighed in on the former president’s interactions with Putin.
In November, Hill said she thought Trump envied Putin because he wanted to rule the United States “however he sees fit.” In January and February, Hill also expressed his views on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Trump likely emboldened Putin while in office and made the United States look weak to Russia.
In April, Hill claimed that Trump had begun to resemble Putin during his tenure as president, in terms of “political practice and predilection.”
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