Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a remarkably flattering letter to Donald Trump, raising questions about their relationship. Experts appearing on MSNBC agreed that the Russians are probably ridiculing the U.S. at the moment.
Host Sheinelle Jones asked about recent remarks by Trump calling Putin’s every move “so correct.” Guest Nina Khrushcheva, a Russia expert said 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 their democracy.’ Absolutely. … ‘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.”
Intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance said:
“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. He has benefited from that. … He’s going to shut down any investigation if it implicates him or his campaign.”