During an MSNBC panel this weekend, the topic of discussion was a “very nice” Christmas letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin to president-elect Donald Trump, where Russia analyst” Nina Khrushcheva said that Trump is playing “right into Putin’s hands.”
“I was just in Moscow and the Russians are saying ‘Look at those fools, look at their democracy… How could America lecture us on any development, institutions, human rights, democracy, rhetoric when they just elected Donald Trump? He’s such a fool. He’s such a bully. That’s what America deserves and we’re going to take advantage of it.’ And that’s how Russians feel about it, and now it’s taking shape with letters from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump with their exchange on potential nuclear armament and whatnot,” Khrushcheva said to host Sheinelle Jones.
Intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance chimed in, saying that Putin’s relationship with Trump would no doubt hinder any investigation into alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election.
“I don’t think there will be any accountability with the regards of the Russian hacking against the DNC or even violating the entirety of the U.S. electoral process,” Nance said. “He has benefited from that,” Nance said. “He’s going to shut down any investigation if it implicates him or his campaign.”
Nance agreed with Khrushcheva’s account of Russians laughing at what they perceive to be Trump’s willingness to be a puppet.
“We are being played as fools by a spymaster-in-chief, a former KGB officer, Director of Russian Intelligence — he’s laughing at us in his letters which stroke Donald Trump. ‘His excellency!’ We haven’t had a letter like that in the United States since King George III. As long as Trump is manipulated, Russia and China will take our market share from the international markets out there, and the United States will be relegated to a third class country.”
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