Walter Isaacson, a top presidential historian who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, said Thursday that former President Reagan “would be appalled” by how President Trump is enabling Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other authoritarian leaders.
“When I saw an entire Republican-only delegation there in Moscow on the Fourth of July saying we’re talking to Putin, I realized that this administration has enabled them to take pages out of Putin’s playbook and serve his purpose,” Isaacson told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“That is worse than enabling [Nicaraguan president] Danny Ortega,” Isaacson continued. “I mean, Ronald Reagan would be appalled.”
“What’s happening now is this push back on the rule of law by authoritarian leaders around the world enabled, empowered, and led by Donald Trump,” he added.
The Hill added:
Trump has faced criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for pursuing relationships with world leaders such as the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and China’s Xi Jinping without broaching the subject of their human rights records, a break from past U.S. presidents.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hammered the president last year after Trump said he believed a claim from Putin that Russia was not involved in efforts to sow discord and misinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Well, at least Trump is consistent. Abroad, he has never met a leader of an authoritarian nation (Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Philippines) that he hasn’t liked,” Sanders tweeted. “At home he shows contempt for the U.S. Constitution and democracy.”