America’s former ambassador to Russia explained on Friday how Russia was anxiously awaiting special counsel Robert Mueller’s report so that President Donald Trump can deliver all he promised during the 2016 campaign.
MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing played a clip of Trump complaining about the congressional investigation to reporters.
“Just a continuation of the same witch hunt. [Democrats] know it and behind closed doors, they laugh at it,” Trump claimed. “It’s just a continuation nonsense. Everybody — they ought to go to work, get infrastructure done, and get a lot of other things done, instead of wasting everybody’s time.”
Jansing interviewed former Ambassador Michael McFaul for analysis.
“So this includes, Michael, denying a request for communications between the president and Vladimir Putin, but if we put aside sort of the domestic back and forth, how is something like this viewed outside of the United States of America?” Is there anticipation?” Jansing asked. “How is it viewed in Moscow?”
“Well, in Moscow they’re waiting to get beyond Mueller,” McFaul replied. “They thought they were promised a lot of things, a lot of concessions from candidate Trump — including lifting of sanctions on a lot of their individuals and companies — that never happened.”
“They blame the deep state, that’s the kind of phrases that they use: ‘President Trump is trying to do the right thing and the deep state is getting in the way,'” he explained.
“And so they hope that after the Mueller investigation is finally completed, they’ll move on to that,” he concluded.