It’s long been rumored and even assumed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “something” on Donald Trump and that is why Trump has been viewed as a sort of puppet to Putin. An expert on Russia has more less verified those suspicions in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joy.
Nina teaches at the New School and is the director of the Russia Project at the World Policy Institute. Khrushcheva claims that the relationship between Putin and Trump hasn’t so much deteriorated as much as Putin is “pragmatically” moving on now that Trump is no longer “useful” to him.
“Where do you see this relationship going?” the host asked. “It feels like it’s deteriorating or perhaps destined to deteriorate. What do you make of it?”
“Well, I actually never thought that it’s going to go anywhere,” Khrushcheva parried, “In fact, I actually wrote last summer that Putin is a pragmatic politician. He cannot possibly not think that the disaster of Donald Trump is going to work wonders for him. He could have hoped, he thought he could manipulate it, he used it for as long as he could have. But now the reality, as I said, has kicked in.”
“As much as the Russians want to have a relationship with the United States, they are clearly understanding that the longer that meeting doesn’t happen, the more Putin would actually return to his own devices,” Khrushcheva explained. “And that is a big, big danger.”
“Very quickly,” Reid interjected. “The fear that a lot of Americans have is the sort of underlying undercurrent, that there is some retaliation that regime might use because it might have something on Donald Trump.”
“I’m certain,” Khrushcheva responded. “Because Putin, I keep saying on this show, he is an equal opportunity offender. If he had Hillary Clinton — then he certainly would have something on Trump and they will be very willing to act on it in an act of cyber-war, as Malcolm Nance always reminds me. That would be very dangerous and then can really can turn this relationship into the stage it is in.”