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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright On Trump Reversal: ‘He Must Think We’re Genuinely Stupid’


Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright On Trump Reversal: ‘He Must Think We’re Genuinely Stupid’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is playing right into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to divide the U.S. from its allies, “either on purpose or by accident.”

In an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Albright said that “President Putin is a KGB agent and he’s very smart and he has played a weak hand well.”

“There are a number of things that were said that I think really make us wonder what [Trump’s] role is with the Russians and frankly what the Russians expect out of him,” Albright said. To Putin, she added, “Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.”

Albright, who worked on the National Security Council and as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. before becoming secretary of state, slammed Trump’s treatment of U.S. allies last week at a NATO summit and the praise he gave Putin after their summit in Helsinki.

Trump claimed that he misspoke when he said at a Monday news conference with Putin that he didn’t see any reason why Russia would meddle in the 2016 presidential election, despite the assessment of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that it did.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he meant to say that he didn’t see any reason why Russia “wouldn’t” interfere.

“I think he must think we’re genuinely stupid because if one watched what he was doing in his press conference, he made it quite clear that he was believing Putin much more than his own people,” Albright said in response to Trump’s attempt to walk-back his earlier remarks.

“I think that Russia is his friend and [he] only cares about collusion because he’s so uncertain about his own victory,” she added.

Albright said Trump’s remarks, combined with his attacks of NATO allies last week, “adds up to total confusion about what the role of the United States is.”

“I think he’s so unclear and is only interested in superlatives,” said Albright. “I think he may in fact get his wish and go down in history as the least democratic president we’ve had.”


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