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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright On Helsinki Summit: Trump Was Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright On Helsinki Summit: Trump Was Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’





President Donald Trump is the “gift that keeps giving” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“[I was] stunned, in disbelief at the behavior of the president of the United States in terms of not defending our country, and really bending to the kinds of things that Putin really wanted,” Albright said.

“We cannot normalize the behavior of President Trump,” she said.

Albright quoted Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, “who said ‘if you pluck the chicken one feather at a time nobody will notice.’”



“We have just plucked a lot of feathers here,” she said. “And I think that it’s very important for us to make clear that Trump has over-plucked.”

“Putin has a plan: he wants to undermine democracy, he wants to separate us from our allies in Europe, he wants to reassert influence in the Middle East, and our president is a help in all of this,” Albright said.

“There is a term that the Russians use, it’s called ‘useful idiot.’ I do think that whatever President Trump thought he was saying, he definitely helped Putin’s plans for getting back into the game, and for undermining democracy in Europe,” she added. “We cannot allow that to happen.”





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