In the 7th century, B.C., the Greek philosopher, Aesop, wrote a series of stories, using animals to illustrate human foibles. I the story, The Fox and the Crow, the clever canid tries to get a piece of cheese from the bird sitting on a branch high in the tree. The fox’s platitudes about the bird’s beauty and and singing voice eventually get the crow to start “singing,” requiring him to open his mouth and drop the cheese. The fox gets what he wanted, and the crow has lost his meal.
The moral is, of course, that false praises and flattery will stroke our egos, causing us to behave foolishly.
Hairball Trump, your new president, ought to remember this story. He is the crow. Putyin of Russia is the fox.