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Fiona Hill: Putin was always frustrated with Trump because ‘he had to keep explaining things to him’

Speaking this Tuesday at a Chicago Council on Global Affairs event, Fiona Hill, who served as the top Russia advisor on the National Security Council under former President Donald Trump, said the Russian President Vladimir Putin frequently became frustrated with then-President Trump due to his inability to understand geopolitical issues, Insider reports

According to Hill, one of the reasons Putin invaded Ukraine during Joe Biden’s presidency in the White House was that he expected the US to “sue for peace” and thought it would be better to negotiate with Biden than Trump, whom the Russian leader had “to explain everything to all the time.”

“He thought that somebody like Biden — who’s a transatlanticist, who knows all about NATO, who actually knows where Ukraine is, and actually knows something about the history, and is very steeped in international affairs — would be the right person to engage with,” Hill said.

“You could see that he got frustrated many times with President Trump because he had to keep explaining things, and Putin doesn’t like to do that,” Hill said, adding that even though Putin “loves to be able to spin his own version of events, he wants to have predictability in the person that he’s engaging with.”

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