Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Russian parliamentary body, the Duma, bragged about Russian intelligence “[stealing] the president of the United States,” and mocked US intelligence for “[missing] it” during a Sunday night talk show.
U.S. “intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States,” Nikonov said while appearing on the panel show “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.”
The Hill notes:
The focus of the episode was the decline of U.S. power in the world. In that context, said University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch via email, Nikonov was less stating the extent of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, and more mocking the resulting chaos as emblematic of U.S. weakness.
“His point in making the remark was that if the U.S. can’t protect the integrity of its own electoral system, then how powerful can it really be?” wrote Lynch.