Re: It turns out that, in the US of A ...
"Trump works within the system and always has"
So, as a matter of fact, does Putin. The difference is that he doesn't go in for late night tweeting. Or getting his Press Secretary to promote a family business. Or denigrating judges.
Perhaps the reason Putin wanted Trump elected - if he did - was to have a powerful world politician who made him look impressively statesmanlike. He seems to have succeeded.