Politics Fiona Hill says Putin 'clearly intended' to distract Trump with attractive female translator at Japan meeting
Fiona Hill said Trump's deadly Jan. 6 'self-coup' attempt showed the ways he'd made the US more like Putin's Russia
Trump during his tenure "came to more closely resemble Putin in political practice" than any of his predecessors, Hill said.Hill, a National Security Council official during the Trump administration, wrote that Trump during his tenure "came to more closely resemble [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in political practice" than any of his US predecessors.
- Fiona Hill told GMA that Putin "clearly intended" to throw Trump off by using an attractive translator at a 2019 meeting.
- Putin went out of his way to introduce Trump to the translator, which was something he "didn't normally do," she said.
- The Russian leader is "extremely skilled at manipulating people," Hill added.
Fiona Hill in an appearance on "Good Morning America" on Monday confirmed that she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin deliberately chose an attractive woman to serve as his translator in order to distract former President Donald Trump during a 2019 meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.
Putin hired an attractive female translator to 'distract' Trump during a summit, Stephanie Grisham book says
According to details from a new book by Trump's former press secretary, Putin tried to distract Trump at a 2019 G20 meeting in Osaka.Grisham in her memoir, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," details the meeting between Trump and Putin at the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka, according to extracts of the book published in The New York Times.
"I do have to say, first of all though, that this was an excellent translator," Hill, who served as Trump's top Russia advisor on the National Security Council, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "So one shouldn't have been just distracted by her good looks."
A male interpreter was originally set to translate for the two world leaders but was replaced at "the very last minute," Hill said.
Putin "clearly intended to draw attention," Hill added, because the Russian president "made a big point" of introducing Trump to the interpreter and that was something he "didn't normally do."
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Hill's thoughts on Putin and the translator were, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," from Trump's former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham.
Kremlin denies Grisham's claim that it picked an 'attractive' translator to distract Trump in a G20 meeting with Putin
Putin's spokesman denied the claim, saying thta Putin does not personally select translators for meetings like the G20 summit with Trump in 2019.Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham made the claim in an upcoming book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now." The New York Times published details of the claim on Tuesday.
The Kremlin last weekwith the translator.
"Interpreters are provided by the foreign ministry at the request of the presidential administration," Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said,. "Putin himself is not involved in this process."
During Monday's interview, Stephanopoulos also asked Hill how Putin was able to "play" Trump "in the way that he did."
Hill, who was thrown into the national spotlight via her testimony during Trump's first impeachment over his dealings with Ukraine, said Putin is a "very wily and very savvy former KGB operative."
"One might say he never did leave the KGB," Hill, who's written a biography on Putin, added of the Russian leader. "He's extremely skilled at manipulating people and finding people's vulnerabilities, hence that episode with the interpreter."
"[Putin] always tries to figure out how he can throw someone off guard or how he can reel them in, and how he can essentially persuade them to do the things that he wants or basically listen to his point of view," Hill said.
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Fiona Hill said Trump viewed Russia's president as "the kind of epitome of the badass populist.""He saw Putin as the kind of epitome of the badass populist, frankly, you know, the kind of person that he wanted to be: super-rich, super powerful, no checks and balances, and essentially being able to stay in power forever," Fiona Hill, who previously served as senior director for Europe and Russia on Trump's National Security Council, told Molly Jong-Fast of The Daily Beast on an episode of The New Abnormal podcast uploaded on Sunday.