The former U.S. ambassador to Russia blamed President Donald Trump’s insecurity for his refusal to hold the Kremlin accountable for election interference.
Mike McFaul, the top U.S. diplomat in Russia under former President Barack Obama, said he had been trying to sound the alarm for years about the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine American democracy — and he said intelligence and law enforcement agencies shared his concerns.
“It has been obvious for a long time what the Russians have been doing in terms of violating our sovereignty during elections,” McFaul told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
Despite the near-universal agreement that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election and planned to do so again, Trump has not taken any action — and has even refused to enforce sanctions impose by Congress.
“You know, the only explanation I have is that the president thinks that by admitting the diagnostics about what Russia is doing, it will undermine the legitimacy of his election back in 2016,” McFaul said. “Because of that tension, he refuses to treat this as a national security threat. It’s not a Republican or Democratic threat, it’s a national security threat, and I think it is because of that he refuses to talk about it in a serious way.”
AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst
Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.
John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."
"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.
"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.
Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all
Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.
And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.
United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal
The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.
However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.