Former US envoy Michael McFaul revealed Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped advance Donald Trump while bringing Hillary Clinton down because he disliked her tough stance as Secretary of State, and wanted revenge o the Democratic nominee.
During an interview on MSNBC Sunday, McFaul said that one of Putin’s top motivations for helping Trump win the election was a thirst for vengeance against Clinton because Clinton stopped his imperialistic endeavors.
“Let’s remember that Vladimir Putin thinks she interfered in his election in 2011, and has said as much publicly, and I’ve heard him talk about it privately,” said McFaul, who was the US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.
McFaul said that beyond the foreign policy interests that Trump and Putin share, the Russian President disliked Clinton’s tough stance as Secretary of State under the Barack Obama administration.
MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked why McFaul thinks Putin is glad that Trump became president. McFaul said that beyond the foreign policy interests that Trump and Putin share, the Russian president wanted “revenge” on Clinton for urging President Obama to get tougher on Russia while she was Secretary of State.
“Let’s remember that Vladimir Putin thinks she interfered in his election — the parliamentary election in December 2011 — and has said as much publicly, and I’ve heard him talk about it privately.”
Watch the interview below, via MSNBC: