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Politics 'Useful idiot': Alexander Vindman dubs Trump ‘an unwitting agent of Putin’

00:51  15 september  2020
00:51  15 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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“President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin ,” he says. Useful idiot is a term commonly used to describe dupes of authoritarian regimes; fellow traveler, in Vindman’s description, is a person who shares Putin ’s

“ Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler,” says the Ukraine expert and impeachment witness, adding that the U.S. president tries Describing the president as an “ unwitting agent ” of Putin , Vindman said the Kremlin wouldn’t even need to use kompromat against Trump if

President Trump is “an unwitting agent” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the retired Army officer and former National Security Council official at the center of the Ukraine impeachment controversy.

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“President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,” Alexander Vindman told the Atlantic.

Vindman, who testified against the president after listening to his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, defended his denunciation of Trump as a necessary corrective to the president’s desire for Zelensky “to conduct a corrupt investigation” into Joe Biden in the midst of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Yet he stopped short of endorsing the oft-repeated Democratic suspicions that Putin has illicit influence over Trump.

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Nance called Putin a "supervillain" before launching into his theory that Trump was a " useful idiot " turned " unwitting asset" to Russia, which was In January after the FBI started an investigation into whether Trump was acting as a foreign agent for Russia, Trump dodged the question from Fox News

Former US Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Morell has called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump an “ unwitting agent ” of Russian President Vladimir Putin . He wrote about this in his column for The New York Times. “ Putin is playing on Trump 's vulnerabilities with flattery.

“He has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin,” Vindman suggested. “In the Army we call this ‘free chicken,’ something you don’t have to work for — it just comes to you. This is what the Russians have in Trump: free chicken.”

Putin’s presumed hold on Trump has been a consistent theme of Democratic critiques of the president’s posture toward Russia, such as his willingness to give credence to Putin’s denial of responsibility for the 2016 election interference when the two leaders met in Helsinki in 2016. State Department officials have countered that the Trump administration has enacted aggressive and punitive policies to counter Russian aggression.

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“ Unwitting .” Trump and his defenders take that as exoneration, even though it is limited to just this aspect of the probe. But it’s another way of saying Thanks to Mueller, they are now witting. Trump , in his refusal to respond to this Russian attack, continues to play the useful idiot , because it suits his

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Still, Trump’s rhetoric has allowed the rumors to persist throughout federal investigations into the 2016 election interference and the Ukraine scandal. Veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about the Trump administration, Rage, includes the claim that Trump’s first director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana, had “reservations” about Trump’s independence from Putin despite a lack of evidence.

”Coats saw how extraordinary it was for the president's top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president's relationship with Putin,” Woodward writes. “But he could not shake them.”

Vindman suggested that’s a more complicated explanation than necessary. “They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it,” he said. “They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him.”

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FBI Assistant Director Counter of Intelligence, Bill Priestap states that he cannot comment on whether or not Trump was an “ unwitting agent ” of Russia.

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