Politics Fiona Hill recalled trying to cause a fire alarm at Trump's 'mortifying' joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, and said it was a 'great idea' Biden isn't doing one
Biden likely to come out of Putin summit empty-handed and risks handing the Kremlin a victory, former US officials warn
"If there aren't clear deliverables criticism will grow that this high-level meeting ultimately benefited the Kremlin," a former US official said.Relations between the US and Russia have been deteriorating for years, and Washington has struggled to come up with an effective response to Putin's increasingly aggressive behavior both at home and abroad. Experts warn that Putin has no intention of using the meeting to improve relations, and question what Biden has to gain via the summit.
- Fiona Hill, a former national security advisor, recalled Trump's 2018 press conference with Putin.
- She called it "mortifying and humiliating" and said she tried to pull a fire alarm to end it.
- She said it was a "great idea" Biden isn't holding a joint conference with Putin after their Wednesday meeting.
The top Russia expert at former President Donald Trump's White House recalled trying to pull a fire alarm at his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018, and said it was a "great idea" that President Joe Biden was not doing one this week.
Biden, unlike predecessors, has maintained Putin skepticism
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships. But unlike his four most recent White House predecessors, who made an effort to build a measure of rapport with Vladimir Putin, Biden has made clear that the virtue of fusing a personal connection might have its limits when it comes to the Russian leader. The president, who is set to meet with Putin face-to-face on Wednesday in Geneva, has repeated an anecdote about his last meeting with Putin, 10 years ago when he was vice president and Putin was serving as prime minister.
Speaking toon Tuesday, Fiona Hill called the 2018 conference "mortifying and humiliating for the country."
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She said: "I just thought, let's cut this off and try to end it. I couldn't come up with anything that just wouldn't add to the terrible spectacle."
She hadin February: "My initial thought was just 'How can I end this?' I literally did have in my mind the idea of faking some kind of medical emergency and throwing myself backwards with a loud blood-curdling scream into the media."
When asked to elaborate, Hill said: "I did seriously think about it. I first of all looked around to see if there was a fire alarm, but we were in a rather grand building attached to the presidential palace of the Finnish president, who had lent it to us for the occasion. And I couldn't see anything that resembled a fire alarm.
Putin talks hacking, Navalny and Capitol riot in NBC interview ahead of Biden summit
In an exclusive interview, Putin again denied that Russian hackers or the government itself were behind cyberattacks in the U.S. were "farcical," and he challenged NBC News, and by implication the U.S. government, to produce proof that Russians were involved."We have been accused of all kinds of things," Putin said. "Election interference, cyberattacks and so on and so forth. And not once, not once, not one time, did they bother to produce any kind of evidence or proof. Just unfounded accusations.
, Hill is with Putin in Geneva later Wednesday.
They are not. Hill told CNN she thought that was a "great idea."
At the 2018 joint press conference, Trump backed Putin over the US intelligence community on the subject of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Hill called the event "one of those moments where it was mortifying and humiliating for the country."
Hill, a former White House national security advisor, testified during Trump's first impeachment hearings, as House lawmakers investigated his dealings with Ukraine.
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